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If you are staying on the north-west corner maybe that activity is a wander down to Le Petite Village for a fresh morning croissant and baguette. You can rent a bike to explore further afield, no matter where you’re staying. You can also rent scooters and cars, and the flat road around the island is lined with cafes, bistros and bakeries. You must visit the Juice Factory at Cook’s Bay.

I’d been to French Polynesia a few years earlier enjoying a short stay on the island of Moorea, so I was keen to return and explore Bora Bora and Huahine. It was also a great opportunity to visit the markets again and enjoy the local culture in Papeete. Located on Motu Tiano, a tiny islet of 4 hectares on the coral reef, the Tikehau Pearl Beach Resort is the only resort on the 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 USA had 2,549,268 active case while French Polynesia only has 290. The Islands of Tahiti are ideal for social distancing. After spending one night in Papeete you can then travel to Moorea, Bora Bora and Taha’a. You will find smaller resorts than the mega resorts in Mexico, Hawaii, and Mexico. Or the Caribbean.

The port and main town is Uturoa; enjoy the pleasant little fisherman’s wharf area and its outdoor cafes and food stores. Raiatea and Tahaa are both known for pearl culture and vanilla plantations. These industries can be visited on special tours. The most accessible are on Tahaa. These islands are surrounded by a huge lagoon that is ideal 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.

Raiatea is the second largest island in French Polynesia and Tahiti. It is located 40 minutes away from Papeete. Known as The Sacred Island, Raiatea is considered by the local people to be the birth place of the Polynesian Gods and is thought by some to be the legendary Hawaiki of Maori folklore. Many important sacred historical sites, especially in the Taputapuatea region, are worth visiting.

  • Don’t miss watching the sun go down over Moorea – the Intercontinental Tahiti Resort is a great spot to catch the sunset.
  • The Islands of Tahiti are OPEN and there is very minor instance of the pandemic.
  • Numerous << a la carte >> services are available (custom tours, Spa…).

So, if you’re into history then this place is ideal with several archaeological sites and maraes that you can visit. You can also take a tour of the vanilla plantation, or take a small boat to the local pearl farms. Or ask a local to show your the’sacred-blue-eye eels’. This incredible Atoll is a string coral that surrounds a luminous turquoise lagoon. It is one of the most popular dive destinations in the world. On the atoll of Rangiroa coral reef, the Kia Ora Resort & Spa is located near the Tiputa pass, along a large white sand beach bordered by coconut trees.

All spacious 146 rooms and 12 overwater bungalows offer a panoramic view of the ocean. All units are fully equipped with air conditioning, personal safe and a bathroom with separate bathtub and shower. The resort features 2 restaurants, outrigger canoes, a tennis court and the largest sand-bottom swimming pool in the South Pacific set in the middle of a tropical garden. It takes only 10 minutes by air or 30 minutes by fast catamaran ferry from Tahiti to Moorea and you arrive at what the locals call “The Magic Island”. Moorea is a great place for a relaxing holiday, just try to get somewhere to stay at short notice over a local long weekend and it is odds-on the resorts will be bulging with local people on holiday from Papeete! Moorea is not a huge island although the road that circles the coast is still 62 km in length and in that 62 km and on the side roads up into the mountain valleys you will find many features to enjoy.

There are Twin Otter flights 6 days a week between Hiva Oa and Nuku Hiva which take 45 minutes. The 36 metre long and 13.8 metre wide catamaran “Haumana” offers 2 cruises on the Rangiroa Lagoon.

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! There is an excellent market in Papeete which is well worth a visit as is the Vaima Centre which is known for its Tahitian Artefacts.