The Society Islands of French Polynesia: Tahiti
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Few places on earth capture the essence of romance, adventure and beauty like the French Polynesian Islands of Tahiti. This paradise of islands is Christopher Travel’s Destination of the Year 2022.
Today we focus on the most visited of French Polynesia’s archipelagos: The Society Islands. The largest and most popular of these islands include Tahiti, Bora Bora and Moorea. Each offers a unique experience for discerning travelers looking for luxury, adventure, relaxation and romance. This series of articles will look at the three main islands as well as the smaller islands of the archipelago starting with the largest island Tahiti.
The islands of Tahiti itself towers over the ocean– a stunning sight to behold.
Less than an eight hour flight from Los Angelos and San Francisco, the Tahiti-Faa’a Airport is located in Papeete on the island of Tahiti. From there visitors can explore the islands of the archipelego by local air service, ferries, water taxis, charter flights and yachts as well as from the comfort of a luxury cruise ship.
For those who want to be immersed in Polynesian Culture:
- Attend a dance show during festivals like Heiva I Tahiti in July or Hura Tapairu in December. Other times of the year many resorts offer dance shows of their own.
- Visit the Robert Wan Pearl Museum. This small self guided museum is free to visit. You will learn the history and legends of the pearl as well as how they are collected and grafted to create some of the most beautiful jewelry.
- The Museum of Tahiti and the Islands features exhibits on the history and culture of the islands as well as contemporary displays.
For those who enjoy natural wonders:
- Take a tour to Tahara’a View Point for stunning panoramic views over the island and surrounding sea.
- The Arahoho Blowhole is a maritime geyser with a fascinating cultural and geological history.
- The Vaipahi Gardens are a beautiful natural area with easy to walk trails. Explore a wide variety of flora surrounding a gorgeous waterfall. It’s free to walk around on your own or you can go as part of an island tour.
- The lush and mystical Mara’a Grotto has a black pool that makes it look smaller than it is. Truly a magical place to visit.
And finally, for those who enjoy active adventure there are plenty of options:
- Parachuting and Parasailing
- Snorkeling and Diving
- Kayaking and Paddle boarding
- Waterskiing and Jet skiing
- Surfing and Kitesurfing
- Boating and Deep Sea fishing
- Dolphin viewing
- Lava tube hiking
Where to stay in Tahiti
Cruising Tahiti and Beyond
The absolute best place to see Tahiti and beyond is on a cruise ship. Sailing the islands allows you to visit multiple islands while only having to unpack once. All inclusive cruising offers great value and a high end experience so you can truly relax and enjoy paradise.
There are many options for those wishing to sail the islands from private charters to family friendly contemporary ships. Christopher Travel will match you with the perfect ship for your budget and interests. There are no planning fees for clients planning a cruise with Christopher Travel.
Our 2022 Top Pick Luxury Cruise for the Islands of Tahiti is Windstar. Join us as we set sail for the Dreams of Tahiti March 31, 2022 sailing on the Star Breeze and enjoy added perks and benefits. (Or book one of Windstar’s many other Tahiti sailings in 2022) Aboard the Star Breeze you’ll explore the Islands of Tahiti on an all suite motor yacht and savour exquisite cuisine in world class restaurants and alfresco dining venues. Spend your days anchored in shallow lagoons unreachable by large cruise ships and explore the crystal clear waters with complementary kayaks, paddleboards and snorkeling equipment right from the stern of the yacht. Immerse yourself in Polynesian culture with on board fire dancing and the included Bora Bora Celebration Destination Discovery Event.
Land Based Accommodations
Tahiti offers a wide variety of options in all budgets. From world class resorts with luxury overwater huts to bungalows on the beach Tahiti has it all. Tahiti is also the departure point for luxury Tahiti cruises visiting multiple islands in the archipelago and beyond. Christopher Travel can help you find the best options for your interests and budget.
Here are some of our favorites:
InterContinental Tahiti Resort & Spa
The InterContinental is a world class luxury resort is nestled in a stunning tropical oasis on Point Tataia. The resort boast magnificent views of Moorea. Featuring classic Tahitian style in every corner no building rises above the coconut palms and all the accommodations capture the elegance and romance of French Polynesia. For the ultimate experience book an overwater thatched bungalows.
Manava Suite Resort Tahiti
The Manava offers a contemporary Polynesian feel with apartment style accomodations located on the northwestern side of the island. A private beach and the island’s largest infinity pool with views of Moorea add the to relaxing vibe of the beautiful resort.
Le Tahiti Ia Ora Beach Resort by Sofitel
Le Tahiti la Ora is a quitessential Polynesian resort located on the beach of the picturesque Punaaaula region. The location is considered one of the most beautiful on the island with white sand beaches and beautiful views of neighboring Moorea. It even has a sand bottom pool.
Contact Christopher Travel for your Tahiti Vacation Planning
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