The edge of the world at a hand’s reach
The edge of the world… No other destination deserves this term better than Tahiti
and Her Islands. Located nearly 2,500 miles (4,000km) from land, her 118 islands are sheltered from mass tourism. This isolation may seem to be a disadvantage but it is actually an incredible asset for those looking for a different type of trip in a protected and privileged environment.
French Polynesia can be described at length and is a place of outstanding beauty boasting incredible lagoons, mountainous landscapes and colorful marine wildlife. This would compare to any other dream destination such as the Seychelles or the Maldives but no other location allows you to feel outside of time
, immerged in an authentic culture of well-being and friendliness.
Incredibly this feeling carries through into the beautiful hotel resorts as well as in the small and simple family hotels. At a time where huge hotel projects are being built in some of the best locations worldwide, French Polynesia is proud to have been able to maintain a range of high quality family friendly hotels.
The French Polynesian territory is nearly as large as the EC (European Community)
but with only 260,000 inhabitants... A small continent… of human size.
• Tahiti and Her Islands offer a warm climate but free from very high temperatures (max. 90°F)
• Most of the land has remained free from dangerous animals (no snakes, few spiders and even few mosquitoes outside of high summer months December to February)
• Modern transports allows for fast and comfortable access to various outlying islands
• Her French status allows for a high level of healthcare similar to Western standards
118 islands + outstanding leisure activities = a memorable vacation in Tahiti
Just some of the leisure activities you can partake in once in Tahiti:
- Lagoon tours
- Scuba diving
- Traditional Dance Shows
- 4WD safari rides
- ATV(Quad) rides
- Horse-back riding
- Swimming with dolphins, sharks and rays!
- Swimming under amazing waterfalls
- Hire a catamaran or sail boat with crew
- Whale watching
- Tahiti cultured pearl shopping
- Local handcraft markets
- Discover Polynesian temples (marae)
Take the time to discover these islands and understand why they are so magical and charming.
The islands are spread into 5 archipelagos:
The Society Islands
The most populated group of islands comprising of the famous Bora Bora, Moorea, Huahine, Raiatea, Tahaa and of course, Tahiti. Between lagoons and mountains, enjoy many water and land based activities whilst discovering the Polynesian culture.
78 atolls make up this group of islands. An atoll is a ring of volcanic and coral land resulting from a volcano landslide. The main atolls are located about 1 hour flight from Tahiti. These strings of islands (some wide and some just a few hundred yards wide!) form a ring surrounding a magnificent lagoon. The largest atolls are Rangiroa, Fakarava, Tikehau and Manihi stretching on for many, many miles. Atolls are ideal spots for world class diving or just visiting by boat ensures a vision of outstanding beauty with clear blue lagoons.
These 10 Marquesan islands do not host a coral reef and their unusually steep mountains drop_dramatically into the ocean. Travelers will particularly appreciate the population’s friendly greeting and the rural atmosphere which seduced famous artists (Gauguin and Brel). Discover Nuky Hiva and Hiva Oa’s magnificent valleys on either a 4WD tour, horse riding or hiking.
The Austral Islands
Located further south, the Australs feature a cooler type of weather. Stopping in Rurutu, Tubuai or Raivavae will be a true delight. These places are heaven on Earth and are perfect for whale watching, kite boarding, discovering ancestral people or simply relaxing!
Around Mangareva, 4 other islands and 18 “motu” islets meet within a unique lagoon offering paradise like sceneries. Located at the extreme south-east of French Polynesia, these islands are away from the usual tourist tracks. Our advisors will, however, work on quality itineraries for travelers in quest of a different type of trip. The islands are rich in spirituality boasting a mainly Catholic population and a place where religion sets the rhythm of life and is the cause of many celebrations!