Luxury Travel Advisor Christina Turrini has been visiting French Polynesia and the Islands of Tahiti every year since 2006. What keeps her coming back? The Islands’ crystalline lagoon waters, breathtaking views, a plethora of island adventures, and of course, the soulful locals.
Feel the warmth of the Tahitian people as soon as you land on the Island of Tahiti, the largest of the French Polynesia and the international entry. Known for its black sand beaches, Tahiti offers a fantastic mix of city life with great restaurants, high-end shopping, and nightlife. It’s the perfect place to spend a few days before enveloping yourself in the warm sunshine and relaxing atmosphere of Bora Bora.
Outdoor adventures abound on the island. Hike up the impressive Mount Aorai or explore the waterfalls of Papenoo Valley. Trek to the awe-inspiring Afareaitu Waterfall or embark on a day trip to the island of Moorea. Prefer your adventure by sea? Take up surfing in Teahupoo, known for its grand waves.
Visit the capital city of French Polynesia on a day-trip excursion or stay a night to revel in the after-hours scene. Stroll through the Municipal Market for artisan goods and souvenirs. Snack on some fresh fruit or stop for lunch at one of many food trucks at Place Vaiete.
If you’re in the market for black pearls, a guided tour of the Robert Wan Pearl Museum is in order. Gain insight into the history of the industry and learn how the orbs are cultivated, harvested, graded, and turned into jewelry.
Situated in a perfect lagoon, Bora Bora is breathtakingly beautiful. There is only one point of entry from the ocean; the rest of the island is surrounded by a lagoon with the majestic Mount Otemantu as the crown jewel in the center. Wherever you go on the island, you have some vantage point of the striking mountain often featured in postcards.
If you’re splurging on an overwater bungalow, Bora Bora is the perfect place to do it. The waters here are arguably the most spectacular in French Polynesia. The island is small, with more to do on water than land, so expect to spend plenty of time relaxing in between thrilling excursions like a scenic helicopter tour or day trip to swim with sharks.
You’ll be picked up by a traditional outrigger for a perfect start to the day. Your guides will open their hearts to share this paradise and show you the island through their eyes! At the end of the day, your guides feel like extended family.
Your guides are the most amazing Tahitians, climbing trees to bring fresh coconuts to you, telling local stories with music and song, and weaving Manu into every experience throughout the day.
The crystal clear waters in the Bora Bora blue lagoon are perfect for seeing ocean life. Swimming with sharks and rays is an ultimate experience, but if you’re aquaphobic, the view can be just as amazing from the boat!
After a few stunning snorkeling stops, what could be more appealing than a feast on a private island? Prepare to be wowed. Dine on decadent displays of fresh seafood, seasoned to perfection with French-style sauces, Asian flavors, and an array of spices.