A Picnic on the Motu

The soft sand is warm, the turquoise lagoon is shimmering, and all tghat swimming and snorkeling has mad you feel a little peckish. Well, you're in luck! The table's been set in the shallow water, and a delicious poisson cru and a glass of frsh coconut juice are waiting for you! Tāmā’a maita’i! Motu is…

Boat Trips in Bora Bora

Bora Bora is said to have the most beautiful lagoon in the world, so you'll want to spend as much time as possible exploring it. A picnic on a motu, a snorkeling or diving excursion to discover the magnificent underwater scenery, or a romantic cruise at sunset, ...there are lots of reasons to take to…

Why You Should Visit Bora Bora at Least Once

Bora Bora is considered to be one of the most beautiful places on the planet. The "Pearl of the Pacific," as it is known, is an island paradise, with a crystal clear lagoon, superb coral reefs, vast stretches of white sandy beach and luxuriant forests of lush green tropical vegetation. It's hardly surprising that people…

Waterfalls in Tahiti

The tropical climate in The Islands of Tahiti guarantees lots of sunshine, but at certain times of year, it means there's a fair bit of rain, too. This rain gradually makes its way down to the coast and, because Tahiti is a mountainous island, much of it cascades down in waterfalls. Tahiti is the most…

Bora Bora’s historical history

On December 7th, 1941, the Japanese air force attacked the US Pacific Fleet at Pearl Harbor in Hawaii, and the United States enetered the Second World War. The US Navy needed a refueling depot between Australia (the last bastion of resistance to the Japanese offensive), and the Panama canal. The strategic position of Bora Bora,…

Coral in The Islands of Tahiti

One of the greatest assets of The Islands of Tahiti is the superb corals to be found on the seabed of its turquoise lagoons. They are an essential part of the marine ecosystem of French Polynesia. A dive in the clear warm waters enables you to appreciate the richness of this magnificent natural heritage. Exploring…

Deep sea fishing

The waters of French Polynesia are a delight for deep sea fishermen looking for thrills. Marlin, tuna, mahi mahi, jackfish, some of the worlds biggest catches have been made in the South Pacific. "I fought with that marlin for about 45 minutes" recounted Tumi, after landing his prize catch. Take a trip out to sea…

Sail Away on a Catamaran

There's nothing quite like cruising from island to island on a sailboat or catamaran in French Polynesia. You can rent a boat to navigate yourself, or reserve an all-inclusive package with skipper and crew, so that you can take things easy and enjoy the scenery. A sailing cruise gives you the time to discover The…

Picnic on ‘Swimming pool Motu’ in Raivavae

Soft white sand, coconut trees, and a warm, crystal clear sea in shades of turquoise and blue. Sound good? Embark on a typical Polynesian fishing boat and head for a desert island paradise in the beautiful lagoon of Raivavae in the Austral Islands. A veritable picture postcard awaits you on Vaimanu motu in the superb…

The best pink sand beaches in The Islands of Tahiti

The Islands of Tahiti is a destination famed for its beautiful turquoise lagoons and picture postcard beaches of pure white sand. However, there are certain islands in French Polynesia that have something even more spectacular to offer. They are islands where the sand on the beach is pink! Please don't take any of this unique…

Participate at an ‘ahima’a

An 'ahima'a is an almost compulsory feature of any a festive gathering in The Islands of Tahiti. These traditional earth ovens require quite a bit of preparation. The oven is actually a hole in the ground, filled with red hot volcanic stones and used to steam cook food. The stones have been heating on a…

A Selfie on the Top of Mount Taitaa

The summit of Mount Taitaa is 262 feet above sea level. The hike to the top is a favorite hiking trail in The Islands of Tahiti. The reward when you get to the top is a magnificent, panoramic view over the whole island, its lagoon and the Pacific Ocean beyond. Tubuai is a 1 hour…

Exploring the Caves in Rurutu

Nestled in the heart of the Austral Islands, Rurutu is a superb destination for lovers of nature and adventure. The island's spectacular caves attract underground exploration enthusiasts from all over the world. With about thirty caves, there's a lot for them to explore in Rurutu. The geological particularity of Rurutu is its limestone cliffs, dotted…

The Tuamotu Islands: Coral Reefs and Turquoise Lagoons

The Tuamotu Islands in the heart of the South Pacific are a veritable tropical paradise. With their turquoise lagoons, soft, white or pink sandy beaches and magnificent coral reefs, they are the South Sea Islands of picture postcards. And the scenery beneath the waves is every bit as magical as it is above. Nowhere is…

Interesting Facts About Tahiti

Tahiti is the biggest and best-known island in French Polynesia. The Islands of Tahiti is a territory that covers the same surface area as Europe and consisits of five archipelagos: the Society, Gambier, Marquesas, Tuamotu and Austral Islands. The Islands of Tahiti are a long way from everywhere. It's an eight hour flight from California…

Cocktails and mocktails

After a day swimming at the beach or hiking in the mountains, there's nothing that quenches your thirst better than an exotic Tahitian cocktail. The Mai Tai and Pina Colada are the most famous of Polynesian cocktails, but there are plenty of others, with or without alcohol. Here are some that you can mix at…

The Moana Experience

The animated Disney film, Moana, called Vaiana in the French version, was inspired by The Islands of Tahiti. Disney's creative team visited the islands of Moorea, Tahiti and Huahine, which was the inspiration for the character Te Fiti. Follow our visitor's guide in the footsteps of Moana. The romantic, animated Disney film, Moana, has its…

Try out a va’a, the Polynesian canoe

The outrigger canoe is an integral part of Polynesian culture, and Tahitians are always delighted to give visitors lessons. Don't worry, with a little trial and error, you'll soon get the hang of it. A canoe is called a va'a in Tahitian. A va'a is a canoe attached to an outrigger (ama), by two struts…

Paddleboarding

An extra long and extra wide surfboard, an extended paddle, and you're off! Paddleboarding is a superb way of exploring the lagoons in The Islands of Tahiti, and although it might take a short while to get your balance, it really isn't very difficult. Basically, if you can stand up without falling over, you should…

A Tour of Tahiti by Truck

You should take at least a day to explore Tahiti, the main island of French Polynesia. The most authentic way to do so is on a truck, the traditional Tahitian bus. The Tere Fa'a'ati is a festive tour of the island by truck that is organized each year in January. Tahiti is the biggest and…

The Flora and Fauna of Tahiti

One of the reasons that make The Islands of Tahiti such a beautiful paradise, is the diversity of its flora and fauna. In each of the five archipelagos, nature is abundant, both on land and in the sea. During your visit, you'll be able to discover the richness of this natural heritage. Aquatic life is…

Hiking in Tahiti and Bora Bora

When you think of French Polynesia, the image is of coconut palms, sandy beaches and turquoise lagoons. But there is another side to the islands that is equally as beautiful. The lush green hills and valleys, waterfalls and archeological sites that you'll discover when you go hiking in the interior of The Islands of Tahiti.…

Cruising in The Islands of Tahiti  

Embark on a cruise ship, and sail from island to island in the warm blue waters of French Polynesia. Visit some charming, less-frequented ports of call, as well as many of the more famous islands, such as Bora Bora and Moorea. Every morning you'll be waking up in a different island paradise, and evey day…

A trail with a difference

French Polynesia is spread over 4 million km², which is the equivalent of continental Europe. There are a total of 118 islands and atolls dispersed among five archipelagos: the Tuamotu, Society, Austral, Gambier and Marquesas Islands. Some of the islands are high, volcanic islands, while others are low, coral atolls. Almost all of them have…

The luxuriant Tahitian countryside

French Polynesia is a dream destination for hiking enthusiasts. The majestic mountains, lush green valleys and superb views make hiking in Tahiti an unforgettable experience. But make sure that you're properly prepared before you set off. A hike into the hills and valleys of Tahiti is a wonderful adventure. Discover the waterfalls, archeological sites and…

Hiking and Excursions in Ua Pou

The Mana is present wherever you go in The Islands of Tahiti. And that's especially true in Ua Pou, whether you're searching for flower stones in the valley of Hoihoi or touching the rock face of the piton of Poumaka. Legend has it that the pitons of Ua Huka were at war with those of…

The most beautiful sites in the Gambier Islands

At more than 1,600 kilometers from Tahiti, the Gambier Islands are a unique destination in The Islands of Tahiti. Far off the beaten track, these volcanic islands all share the same magnificent lagoon. Idyllic motu and some of the most beautiful churches in French Polynesia are just some of the sites to see.

8 Ways to Cruise in The Islands of Tahiti  

A cruise is an excellent way to discover The Islands of Tahiti and enjoy the magnificent scenery. Here are some suggestions of things you should try to do during your cruise vacation.

The 10 Most Beautiful Spots in the Austral Islands

With breathtaking scenery, steep mountains and high plateaus, these islands are famous for their agricultural activities. You can find archeological remains hidden on each island, bearing witness to a well organized pre-European civilization, that had important religious and cultural practices.

An Unforgettable Voyage to the Gambier Islands

Welcome to the Gambier Islands. Situated to the southwest of Tahiti, this archipelago consists of five islands and a dozen motu, all sharing the same magnificent lagoon. A 3hour, 40 minute flight from Papeete takes you to this preserved island paradise of white sandy beaches and lush green mountains. The richness of the Gambier Islands…

The 10 Best Spots in the Society Islands

Tahiti, Bora Bora, Moorea, Huahine... The Society Islands are known all over the world,for their beautiful scenery. Here are some of the very best spots to visit in this magical archipelago.

A Blogger’s Guide to the Best of Tahiti

Catch a flight to a corner of paradise. French Polynesia is a land that dreams are made of. Bora Bora, Tahiti, Papeete, the Marquesas Islands; names that conjure up images of white sand, turquoise lagoons and coconut palms. The bloggers and adventurers of the blogspot 'Les Deux Pieds Dehors' give 10 reasons why you should…

In the Footsteps of Gauguin and Brel in Hiva Oa

Paul Gauguin and Jacques Brel (a well known French musician) are united for eternity on the island of Hiva Oa. Both of them fell for the charms of this beautiful island and spent their last days in Atuona, the main village. They are buried a few meters apart, in the island's picturesque Calvaire cemetery. "To…

Top 10 Most Beautiful Beaches in The Islands of Tahiti

Magnificent turquoise and blue lagoons of crystal clear, warm water and beautiful beaches of soft white, black or even pink sand. Welcome to The Islands of Tahiti! Here is our selection of the ten best beaches, but you'll find equally superb beaches on every island in French Polynesia.

Activities to try in Moorea

Moorea is an island you can explore on your own or in the complany of a professional guide. Sporting, cultural, gastronomic, well-being and countless other leisure activities await you in a truly exceptional environment. Discover the wealth of activities available in The Islands of Tahiti.

Plan Your Dream Vacation in Fakarava

Fakarava in the Tuamotu Islands is one of the most beautiful atolls in French Polynesia. An authentic island paradise, Fakarava also has an exceptionally rich marine life. In 2016; it was classed as a biosphere reserve by UNESCO. To ensure that you make the most of your stay in Fakarava, it's a good idea to…

The Best Diving Spots in Fakarava

Fakarava island is one of the multitude of magnificent atolls in the Tuamotu Islands. It boasts the second biggest lagoon in French Polynesia, after Rangiroa island, and the richness and diversity of Fakarava's marine life make it a favorite spot for diving enthusiasts from all over the world. A great opportunity to admire an aquatic…

Papeete, a Family Destination

Welcome to Papeete, the vibrant capital of Tahiti. Once you've settled into your accommodation, take a tour round the town center with the family. There's plenty to do for children and adults. Visit the lively market, stroll along the waterfront and let the family get its first taste of this South Sea island. A visit…

The Most Beautiful Sites in the Marquesas Islands

There are so many magnificent sites to visit in the Marquesas Islands that's it's almost impossible to select just 10 of them. The rugged, beauty, thriving culture and fascinating history of these islands make them a unique and captivating destination. Here is a selection of just some of the superb sites to visit in the…

Best Diving and Snorkeling Spots in Bora Bora

The waters in The Islands of Tahiti are teeming with marine life. Diving or snorkeling in the lagoons and passes is a voyage to another world, inhabited by tropical fish, colorful corals, manta rays, sea turtles, dolphins and countless other marine species. Here are some of the best spots to explore in the world's most…

The 10 Best Things to do in Bora Bora

Welcome to Bora Bora, the most beautiful lagoon in the world. Follow our guide to discover ten activities that will make your vacation in the "Pearl of the Pacific" a truly unforgettable occasion.

The Bird Colonies of Tikehau

Even for a lagoon in the island paradise of French Polynesia, Tikehau is something special. Just a 55 minute flight from Tahiti, it is an atoll of incredible natural beauty. It is also home to a rich and unique birdlife that will delight every ornithologist. Motu Puarua, known as Bird Island, is a sanctuary for…

Tour of the island of Tahiti – The spots you must see

The quickest way to get to know Tahiti is to rent a car and drive round the island. A chance to see (almost) everything in just one day. This itinerary is an ideal way to begin your voyage to The Islands of Tahiti. Stopping to admire luxuriant countryside, idyllic beaches, caves, waterfalls and historic sites…

Unwind in Moorea

A vacation on the island of Moorea in French Polynesia is an occasion to relax and unwind. Take the time to admire the idyllic scenery of the beach, lagoon and mountains, and enjoy a taurami traditional Tahitian massage in the luxury of a hotel spa. Just a few miles by ferry from Tahiti, Moorea is…

Tetiaroa by Catamaran

The island of Tetiaroa is one of the quieter and more discreet of the Society Islands. And yet it is also one of the most beautiful. The best way to visit this haven of peace for birds and sea turtles is to take a catamaran excursion from Papeete. Tetiaroa is a small atoll and it's…

10 things you didn’t know about Tahitian culture

The culture and traditions of French Polynesia are part of what makes The Islands of Tahiti such an interesting and popular destination. Here are some features of that culture that you should be aware of when you visit.

Fire walking (Umu Ti)

Careful, things are going to get very hot! Welcome to the mystical and fascinating world of umu ti, firewalking in The Islands of Tahiti. An extraordinary ritual that is a mixture of courage, tradition and festive spirit. This captivating ceremony is one of the emblematic rituals of Polynesian culture. Take a closer look at this…

Ziplining in The Islands of Tahiti  

If you like heights and you're looking for thrills, visit the treetop adventure parks in Tahiti and Moorea and get your fill of both. The opportunity to combine thrills and adventure with a bird's eye view from the trees in The Islands of Tahiti. The treetop adventure parks in Moorea and Tahiti offer a fun…

Discover History by Diving Shipwrecks

The Islands of Tahiti is a very popular destination with diving enthusiasts due to the variety of its marine life, especially the big species such as humpback whales, sharks, manta rays, dolphins and sea turtles. But there are other big attractions that you can discover beneath the waves with diving in Tahiti and Raiatea as…

Explore the Abundance of Coral

The Islands of Tahiti have an exceptional variety of marine life. During your stay in the islands, take an excursion to explore the superb coral reefs and the magnificent scenery that lies beneath the waves. Put on a mask and tuba or go diving, and you'll have the experience of a lifetime in the waters…

Swimming with Marine Animals

The rich and easily observed marine fauna is one of the reasons why The Islands of Tahiti is such a popular destination. French Polynesia is an island paradise, or rather, a paradise of islands. Tahiti, Moorea, Bora Bora, Rangiroa are just a few of 118 islands that attract lovers of nature and adventure from all…

Swimming with Dolphins in The Islands of Tahiti

Swimming with dolphins in The Islands of Tahiti is an unforgettable experience. You can dive and swim with these magnificent creatures in several different islands, and you can also observe whales, during the mating season, rays, as well as many species of sharks. Follow our guidelines for a respectful encounter with these treasured wild animals.…

Best Islands for Diving

There's a vast choice of dive spots in the lagoons, on the reefs and in the passes of The Islands of Tahiti. Whether you're an accomplished diver or a complete beginner, you'll be amazed by the quantities of tropical fish and colorful corals, as well as the sheer variety of marine life in the clear…

Swimming with Whales in The Islands of Tahiti

There are few destinations in the world where you can go swimming with whales, and The Islands of Tahiti is one of them. Those who have had the privilege of swimming in close proximity with these majestic creatures describe it as a magigcal, almost surreal moment of pure pleasure. Swimming with whales in The Islands…

Discover the Biosphere Reserve in Fakarava

The UNESCO biosphere reserve in Fakarava is a veritable jewel of the Tuamotu Islands. Its coral reefs are among the best preserved in the world, making it a paradise for divers and nature lovers. The biosphere reserve extends beyond Fakarava to include some small neighboring islands. Over one thousand species of fish, rays and sharks…

Top 5 museums to visit

The Islands of Tahiti isn't just a destination of beautiful beaches and warm turquoise lagoons . It is also a land with a unique and thriving ancestral culture. Here are five of the best museums to visit in order to get a better understanding of the history and development of French Polynesia.

Moorea Lagoon

Discover Moorea's magnificent lagoon on one of the many excursions for a half day, full day, or even longer. Touring The Islands of Tahiti by sailboat, catamaran or on a cruise is an excellent way to see the islands from a different angle and appreciate some of the lesser-known beauty spots in French Polynesia. The…

La route de l’Ananas à Moorea

Moorea, in the Society Islands, is famed for the cultivation of pineapples. Visit the pineapple trail on a four-wheel drive excursion and you'll visit some pineapple plantations and see some magnificent scenery. The route will take you to the Opuhonu scenic viewpoint, which has a truly magnificent view over Moorea. There are two different circuits…

Adopt a Coral in Moorea

The world's coral reefs are in great danger, and you can play a part in saving them by adopting a coral. The Coral Gardeners Association has been growing coral and planting it in Moorea's reef since 2017. Use your visit to make a contribution to the preservation of our oceans and marine life. According to…

Discover Bird Island in Tetiaroa

French Polynesia is blessed with a wealth of treasures and throughout your voyage you'll have the chance to visit these little corners of paradise. One of the most prercious of these treasures is Tetiaroa atoll, the private island of Marlon Brando. A veritable jewel in the crown of The Islands of Tahiti. Weigh anchor and…

Why Visit Tahiti?

The crystal clear turquoise lagoons, beaches of soft white sand, ideal year round temperatures, and spectacular scenery, make The Islands of Tahiti a dream destination. Take the time to visit Tahiti itself. The biggest island in Tahiti is full of wonderful surprises for you to discover. There are a total of 118 islands in French…

Exploring Tahiti’s Peninsula

The peninsula is the perfect place for lovers of nature, authenticity and of course, surfing. Known by Tahitians as Tahiti Iti, the peninsula is of volcanic origin, mountainous and untamed. Take the time to explore this unique and special part of Tahiti during your visit to French Polynesia. Tahiti is two islands linked together by…

Tour Papeete’s Street Art

An open air art gallery on the streets of Papeete. Take your camera and explore a very different side of Papeete, the side of its buildings. Numerous walls in the city have been painted with graffiti, with the blessing of the local authorities, and are now works of art. From 2014 to 2018, a Polynesian…

Horseback Riding in the Marquesas Islands

There's no better way to explore the Marquesas Islands than on horseback. The wild horses of Hiva Oa inspired both Brel and Gauguin. So saddle up and enjoy a timeless moment, off the beaten track in 'The Land of Men'. There's more to a vacation in the Marquesas Islands than sitting on a white sandy…

Climbing in Makatea

One of the most popular activities for visitors to the island of Makatea is climbing. With trails suitable for climbers of all levels, even complete beginners, it's an island that merits being looked up to. With 16 kilometers of cliff face climbing trails that take you up to 50 meters above the Pacific Ocean, Makatea…

Taste the Wine and Rum of Rangiroa

Manuia! Raise a glass of wine to the only vineyard in the world that's on a motu in the middle of a lagoon! Superb white and rosé wines are produced from these unique grapes and delicous rum is distilled from the sugar cane that grows next to them. It would be a shame not to…

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