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Raiatea is the second largest island in French Polynesia and Tahiti. It is located 40 minutes away from Papeete. Raiatea, also known as The Sacred Island is believed to be the birthplace of the Polynesian Gods. There are many important sacred historical sites especially around the Taputapuatea area which are certainly worth visiting.

You won’t wear a mask while on an adventurous ATV ride that takes you to a lofty lookout where the incredible beauty of the lagoons becomes overwhelmingly apparent. Papeete is the best place to start, as it has a lively nightlife and later at night – making it even more fun! The market in Papeete is worth a visit, as is Vaima Centre, which is famous for its Tahitian Artefacts.

  • Bora Bora is renowned for its romance – overwater bungalows and hibiscus, as well as clear blue lagoons with palm-ringed palms.
  • You can go on boat tours, visit white sand beaches and spot marine life. You can also stay in an overwater bungalow, shop for a Tahitian pearl or sample food trucks.
  • Moorea offers a variety of activities to keep you active, so it’s not just about relaxing at the pool or lagoon all day.
  • It is an unforgettable experience to physically step on a “low-island” or atoll.

Many clients want to snorkel without the need to pay for an excursion. This is why it is so great to have access to fantastic snorkeling. The Islands of Tahiti remain OPEN and there is a very rare pandemic. As of Sep 29, the USA had 2,549,268 active case while French Polynesia only has 290. The Islands of Tahiti are perfect for social distancing, with one night at the most in Papeete, you then escape to the less populated islands of Moorea, Bora Bora, Taha’a, Huahine, Rangiroa or Tikehau. Staying at resorts that are boutique in size when compared to mega resorts of Hawaii, Mexico or the Caribbean.

I had been to French Polynesia several years ago and enjoyed a brief stay on Moorea. I was eager to return to Bora Bora or Huahine. It was also a great opportunity to visit the markets again and enjoy the local culture in Papeete. The Tikehau Pearl Beach Resort, located on Motu Tiano is a small islet on the coral reef.

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Uturoa is the port and main town. Enjoy the charming little fishing wharf and its outdoor cafes, as well as the food stores and food shops. Raiatea and Tahaa are both known for pearl culture and vanilla plantations. Visits to these industries are included on special tours; the most accessible to tourists are on Tahaa. These islands are surrounded by a huge lagoon for snorkeling. The scuba diving in the coral gardens and wrecks of these islands is also spectacular. From the resort at Tahaa you get a clear view right over to the mountains and motus of Bora Bora. The Tahiti Ia Ora Beach Resort, managed by Sofitel, is located on the west coast of Tahiti. It overlooks the lagoon with the island Moorea in the background.

Moorea’s best kept secret is its bungalows, family pensions, and resorts. They are scattered all over the island, in beautiful white sand beaches, between flowering gardens, or over the lagoon. The Marquesas’ main islands are breathtaking with their towering mountains that seem to rise directly from the ocean. As you get closer, you’ll see the beautiful valleys, canyons, and bays. Nuku Hiva, the second largest island in French Polynesia, is home to the third highest waterfall in the world, at 350m high.

  • Six days a week, Twin Otter flights are available
  • Moorea’s best kept secret is its bungalows, family pensions, and resorts. They are scattered all over the island, in beautiful white sand beaches, between flowering gardens, or over the lagoon.
  • Cut by a couple of majestic bays, Cook’s Bay and Opunohu Bay, the lush mountainous landscape contrast with the crystal clear blue lagoon.
  • You must visit the Juice Factory at Cook’s Bay.
  • It only takes minutes from arrival to fall under the spell of these ancient lands where the people are laid-back and friendly and the natural surroundings are simply perfect.

Six days a week, Twin Otter flights are available It takes 45 minutes to get between Hiva Oa & Nuku Hiva. The 36 metre long and 13.8 metre wide catamaran “Haumana” offers 2 cruises on the Rangiroa Lagoon.

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They are all mind-bogglingly beautiful and perfect places to round out your French Polynesian experience. Each resort has at least one excellent quality resort that is small but offers a wide range of services and facilities. Ask Our Specialists to help you work out which atoll is best for you. You should allow at least 4 days out in the Tuamotus to get most benefit from a visit. The sunsets and the amazing night sky display have to be seen to be believed. These two islands share the same lagoon, and were likely joined together in ancient times.