Traveling To Tahiti & French Polynesia

While on an ATV ride, you won’t need to wear a mask. Starting with Papeete, the first thing you realise is that Papeete has a very lively night life and the later at night – the livelier! The market in Papeete is worth a visit, as is Vaima Centre, which is famous for its Tahitian Artefacts.

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.

This place is perfect for history lovers, as it has many archaeological sites and maraes 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.

The port and main town is Uturoa; enjoy the pleasant little fisherman’s wharf area and its outdoor cafes and food stores. Both Raiatea, Tahaa and Tahaa are well-known for their pearl culture and vanilla plantations. These industries can be visited on special tours. The most accessible are on Tahaa. The snorkelling in the enormous lagoon surrounding these islands is some of the best in the Pacific and the scuba diving among the coral gardens and wrecks is spectacular. From the resort at Tahaa you get a clear view right over to the mountains and motus of Bora Bora. Located on one of the nicest white sand beaches on Tahiti’s west coast, the Tahiti Ia Ora Beach Resort managed by Sofitel faces the lagoon bordered by the coral reef with the island of Moorea in the background.

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. Don’t overlook a visit to the Juice Factory on the shores of picturesque Cook’s Bay.

Which is better, Tahiti or Bora Bora?

Bora Bora vs Tahiti : The Verdict

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. Plus it was an ideal opportunity to revisit the markets and enjoy the local cultural experience in Papeete. The Tikehau Pearl Beach Resort, located on Motu Tiano is a small islet on the coral reef.

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Whatever you do, don’t miss getting out on the water first thing in the morning or at sunset to fully capture the sheer romance of Bora Bora. Tahiti is almost two islands. In fact, there are two names for Tahiti Nui. Tahiti Iti is the other name. However, they are naturally combined. The road around Tahiti Nui runs 115km. However, the main hotels and resorts can be found in a 25km band between the Capital Papeete (on the north west side of the island) and Punaauia (15 km) south. Between these two points, Faaa International Airport can be found only 5km away from Papeete.

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