FRENCH POLYNESIA: TAHITI, MO’OREA, & BORA BORA
Polynesian songs and legends have bestowed this famous South Pacific island many names such as ‘ Great Tahiti of the Golden Haze,’ ‘ Mounting Place of the Sun,’ ‘ Land of the Double Rainbow,’ and ‘ The Gathering Place.’ Legends describe Tahiti-Nui and Tahiti-Iti as a great fish that swam away from the sacred waters of Havai’i, now known as the lagoon shared by Raiatea and Taha’a.
Papeete is a vibrant and multicultural city with busy boulevards and a bustling harbour. The downtown municipal market, Le Marché, is an exciting place to purchase all things Tahiti including vanilla beans, monoi oil and colourful pareos. Just down the street at Le Centre Vaima is the Robert Wan Pearl Museum, which is a great place to start if you’re hoping to purchase a Tahitian black pearl during your stay. To live like a local, head to Vai’ete Square after sunset. This waterfront promenade comes to life at night when gourmet food trucks, Les Roulottes, open their windows to serve a range of affordable meals including Chinese food, French crépes, steak frites, fresh fish and pizza.
Beyond the city atmosphere, Tahiti is also a scenic island with lush landscapes and large abounding waterfalls. Leave the more developed areas behind and you will find shady hiking trails, pleasant beaches and calm waters. This unique juxtaposition makes Tahiti one of the most diverse islands in French Polynesia. We recommend exploring these interior peaks and valleys on a guided hike, ATV or Jeep Safari tour. Other popular activities include snorkelling, Jet Skiing and surfing. Experienced surfers should visit the famed Teahupo’o and bear witness to one of the world’s most intense waves. Beginners can surf or take lessons at some of the more mellow beaches around the island. You can also enjoy a day of golfing at the Olivier Bréaud Golf Course, one of only two courses in French Polynesia.
BORA BORA & MO’OREA
Ah, Bora Bora. The stuff of dreams. As you arrive by plane, the view says it all. How could you not to be mesmerized by this stunning palette of sapphire, indigo and turquoise, all mixed together in modern-art abstractions? And these sand-edged motu (islets) and soaring rainforest-covered basaltic peaks? This is a very peaceful island.
Stunning Mo’orea – an island which offers all the magic of the South Seas and its gentle way of life. You cannot help but succumb to the beauty of the island where deep green mountains overlook the crystal clear turquoise lagoons. Take advantage of the wide variety of excursions and activities both on land and in the water. One of the main attractions of the resort is its dolphin lagoon where you will be able to play and swim with these friendly mammals – undoubtedly creating lifetime memories. Or if you prefer, sit on the beach, soak up the sun and let your worries float away. Whatever the experience, there’s only one word to describe Mo’orea: divine!
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