Tahitian Noni Juice

Tahitian noni juice is touted as a cure-all, medicinal drink that is enjoyed by fashion and fitness celebrities and holistic health practitioners all over the world. The elixir is praised as the solution to everything from problem skin and aging, to gout and inflammation issues, and much more. However, Tahitian noni juice as a miracle…

Tahitian Gardenia

The National Flower of French Polynesia The Tahitian gardenia, also known as the Gardenia taitensis, or by its original Tahitian name of tiare mā’ohi, is the national flower of The Islands of Tahiti. Most commonly referred to as the Tahitian tiare flower, this type of gardenia has become a staple in Tahitian culture. The name…

The Tiki of Taaoa and the Upeke Archeological Site

Hiva Oa is the second biggest of the Marquesas Islands, after Nuku HIva. A 3 hour 45 minute flight from Tahiti takes you to Henua Enana, as the islands are called in the Marquesan language. Hiva Oa is a mystical land of tales and legends, charged with the spiritual force, Mana. It's what causes the…

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…

Rangiroa: a Practical Guide

Welcome to Rangiroa, the biggest atoll in French Polynesia. Rangiroa is an atoll as surprising and beautiful as Bora Bora, with excellent scuba diving, superb beaches, and a vineyard on a motu in the middle of the lagoon! You're sure to pass an unforgettable vacation.! Whether you're an explorer, a diver or a confirmed sunworshipper,…

Where to shop in Tahiti

Tahiti is the biggest and busiest island in French Polynesia, and is home to over 60% of the population. It is the ideal place for shopping, especially when you're looking for souvenirs to take home with you. Papeete is the capital of French Polynesia and also its commercial heart. Products and produce from all over…

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…

LGBTQ+ honeymoon in The Islands of Tahiti

The Islands of Tahiti is a wonderful, LGBTQ+ friendly destination. With strict laws to protect equal rights in every aspect of life, including marriage, French Polynesia is a safe and welcoming place for everybody. We'd love you to celebrate your wedding, honeymoon, or just the anniversary of your first date, in our islands. As well…

Bora Bora’s must-try Restaurants

This is our selection of the 10 best restaurants on the island of Bora Bora. Each one of them offers first class cuisine, a warm and friendly welcome, excellent service and stunning views. They are all very popular restaurants, so it is advisable to reserve your table in advance, to avoid disappointment.

Best Places to Work Remotely in The Islands of Tahiti

Why stay at home in the States or Europe, when you can do your job just as well in The Islands of Tahiti? The tremendous technological progress in communications networks, makes it possible to work from almost anywhere in the world. So why not try working in paradise? The Islands of Tahiti is the ideal…

Celebrate a traditional wedding

A traditional Polynesian wedding in The Islands of Tahiti is a moment of pure romance. Wearing white pareos, shell necklaces, and crowns and garlands of hibiscus and tiare tahiti, the bride and groom are summoned to exchange their vows in an emotional ceremony that they'll remember for the rest of their lives. Atraditional Tahitian wedding…

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…

Honeymoon in Bora Bora

A honeymoon vacation on the beautiful island of Bora Bora will ensure that your marriage gets off to a dream start. To help you plan your honeymoon, here is a guide to the most romantic 4 and 5 star hotels in the Pearl of the Pacific. To help you plan the most important vacation of…

The Polynesian Tiki

In the mystical depths of French Polynesia there are treasures sculpted by the skilled hands of local craftsmen. They are called tiki. These sculpted statues have very distinct features, half man and half god. They look a lot like men, but their eyes are huge almonds, representing windows into the afterlife. Tiki symbolize power, knowledge,…

The history of the Tahitian ‘ukulele

You hear the lively playing of a 'ukulele wherever you go in The Islands of Tahiti. 'Ukulele orchestras animate the evenings in hotel restaurants, and you'll also hear the unmistakable strumming at the beach, on the bus, and especially during a bringue (party). The sound of the 'ukulele always comes with a smile! The strumming…

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,…

The history of Tahitian dance

Tahitian dance, called 'ori Tahiti, is a vibrant, sensual and exciting embodiment of the spirit of Polynesia. Profoundly anchored in the culture and history of The Islands of Tahiti, it is more than just a performance, it is an art form and a powerful means of expression, used to convey emotions, tell stories and transmit…

Teahupo’o: Surfing Venue for Paris Olympics

The Islands of Tahiti is preparing to host the surfing competition of the Paris 2024 Olympic Games. The venue is Teahupo'o, and its legendary wave 'jaws'. Frightening, yet magnificent, this immense wave in the Hava'e pass already attracts the best surfers from all over the world, and in 2024, they'll be competing for Olympic gold!…

10 reasons for choosing The Islands of Tahiti for your wedding

Getting married in The Islands of Tahiti will add an extra touch of romance to your very special occasion. Whether you opt for the lush green mountains of Moorea, the soft sandy beaches of Bora Bora, or the spiritual surroundings of Raiatea, French Polynesia is the ideal setting for your wedding day. Here are 10…

Surfing guide for beginners

The Islands of Tahiti is reputed as one of the best surfing destinations in the Pacific Ocean. If you've never tried surfing before, you can learn how to catch a wave and ride it to the beach, during your vacation. The first references to surfing come in the descriptions made by early explorers, such as…

Foil, the latest craze

The latest craze in watersports is the foil. A board with long aerodynamically shaped fin underneath, allowing the board to rise out of the water, and you begin to surf above the waves. Foil is another thrilling experience to add to the choice of nautical activities in The Islands of Tahiti. There are six different…

A Cruise on the M/S Paul Gauguin

A cruise on the M/S Paul Gauguin is a very special experience, and an ideal way to discover The Islands of Tahiti. Offering a first-class cruise in the waters of French Polynesia, the M/S Paul Gauguin takes you to the Tuamotu Islands, Marquesas Islands and visits each of the Society Islands. The M/S Paul Gauguin…

A Cruise on the M/S Paul Gauguin

A cruise on the M/S Paul Gauguin is a very special experience, and an ideal way to discover The Islands of Tahiti. Offering a first-class cruise in the waters of French Polynesia, the M/S Paul Gauguin takes you to the Tuamotu Islands, Marquesas Islands and visits each of the Society Islands. The M/S Paul Gauguin…

The most Instagram worthy spots in The Islands of Tahiti

French Polynesia, with its white sandy beaches, turquoise lagoons and lush green vegetation is a veritable tropical paradise.The South Sea Island scenery is just perfect for taking photos to embelish your Instagram page. Here are 10 of the best spots, that will make superb souvenirs and turn your followers green with envy.

Cultural Immersions in Huahine

The magnificent turquoise lagoon of Huahine is an irresistable temptation, but try to make the time to explore the island itself and discover its rich culture. Bobby Holcomb is an American singer who made his home in Huahine for 25 years until his passing in 1991. He is greatly missed by all Polynesians and especially…

Where to pop the question in The Islands of Tahiti

You've decided to come to The Islands of Tahiti to make your wedding proposal. You've got the ring, and now you're wondering about the best place to pop the question. Tahiti, Moorea, Bora Bora, Huahine, Tikehau... Some of the most romantic settings in the world are in The Islands of Tahiti. In this guide, we'll…

Where to get married in The Islands of Tahiti

The Islands of Tahiti is a dream destination for a wedding. From a traditional ceremony in Moorea, to a romantic occasion on the beach in Bora Bora, there is a choice of styles and venues to satisfy all requirements. Whether you intend to officially marry in French Polynesia, or simply renew your wedding vows in…

The most romantic destinations

The Islands of Tahiti is one on the world's favorite honeymoon destinations. A vast choice of luxury hotels, white sandy beaches and crystal clear turquoise lagoons, in a multitude of idyllic South Sea islands. A honeymoon in French Polynesia is the romantic vacation of your dreams. The Islands of Tahiti is a dream destination for…

Efforts to preserve endangered species in The Islands of Tahiti

The population of The Islands of Tahiti is committed to the preservation and protection of endangered species. Increased public awareness of the environmental challenges facing French Polynesia is helping to drive the implementation of a sustainable tourism that will protect our fenua, the ocean and the unique biodiversity of our islands. The geographical isolation of…

Tahitian practices and sustainable tourism

As part of an ever more sustainable tourism and the protection of the environment of The Islands of Tahiti we want to explain how traditional Polynesian practices have an important role to preserve a sustainable lifestyle on our islands. The inhabitants of French Polynesia have an inestimable cultural heritage. Polynesian traditional practices favor a sustainable…

Protection and preservation

The natural resources of French Polynesia aren't limitless and the local communities, in collaboration with the government of French Polynesia, are taking measures to preserve the environment and promote sustainable tourism. The protection and preservation of this unique environment is the most important challenge facing The Islands of Tahiti. 118 islands in a territory as…

The Islands of Tahiti: A sustainable paradise

A voyage to French Polynesia is a unique experience. It is the opportunity to relax and recover, far from the hustle and bustle of everyday modern life, in a perfect island paradise. Reconnect with the essential and feel the Mana in The Islands of Tahiti. Responsible tourism is a way of getting back to the…

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…

Bora Bora Experience: a Helicopter Flight over Tupai

Take off in a helicopter to fly to the most romantic island in the world: Tupai, in the Society Islands. Tahiti Nui Helicopters proposes 30 minute flights to this island paradise, from another island paradise, Bora Bora. Once you've flown the 6 km that separate the two islands, Tupai emerges from the ocean in the…

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…

Basking on a Pink Sand Beach in the Tuamotu Islands

Imagine basking in the sun on a beach where the sand is bright pink. Instagram photos don't get much better than that! Tikehau in the Tuamotu Islands is known as the island of pink sand. There are treasures galore for you to discover during your vacation in the Tuamotu Islands in French Polynesia. Among them…

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…

Making a flowercrown

Polynesians love to wear flowers. As soon as you arrive you'll receive a garland of flowers as a sign of welcome. Be careful, if you wear a tiare Tahiti flower behind your right ear it means you're single! Wear it behind the left ear if your heart is already taken. A flowercrown is an elegant…

Making mono’i in Tahiti

Tahitian mono'i is the sacred oil that you find everywhere in The Islands of Tahiti. The name alone speaks of beauty and well-being. Made from coconut oil and tiare Tahiti flowers, mono'i is one of the prized beauty secrets of the Polynesian vahine. Mono'i has always been used by Polynesians for its skin hydration properties…

The history of Tahitian drums

All visitors should attend a spectacle of traditional music and dance at least once during their stay in The Islands of Tahiti. These celebrations of Polynesian culture are rhythmed by the beating of the pahu drum, which represents the passion, vitality and harmony of the Tahitian people. Many hotels and resorts stage their own spectacles…

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…

The Islands of Tahiti, birthplace of the tattoo

The Ma'ohi, civilization began on the island of Raiatea in the Society Islands over a thousand years ago. Groups of people set sail from there to explore the Pacific Ocean. Settling in one island after another, generation after generation, they reached places as far apart as New Zealand, Hawaii and Easter Island. This vast zone…

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…

Tahitian first names

Tahitian first names have an exotic and poetic ring to them and are popular far beyond the shores of The Islands of Tahiti. Traditional Tahitian first names are deeply rooted in Polynesian culture and mythology. Each name has a particular significance and is never chosen lightly. If you decide you would like to give your…

Tips for Your Vacation in Maupiti

If you've dreamed of a vacation in one of the paradise islands of French Polynesia, then Maupiti, the sister island of Bora Bora, is the perfect destination for you. Superb scenery, a very laid back, South Sea island atmosphere, and the chance to swim with manta rays in a dreamlike lagoon. Before you set off,…

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…

Preservation Efforts in the the Tuamotu Islands

The Islands of Tahiti promotes sustainable tourism that is respectful of the environment. Part of this engagement concerns the Tuamotu Islands, to the north of Tahiti. Each of these atolls and islands is an unspoiled paradise, and our actions are aimed at preserving this unique environment and developing a sustainable form of tourism. The Tuamotu…

Fafaru, an olfactory challenge

Fafaru is one of the most popular dishes in The Islands of Tahiti. However, most tourists never try it, because of its incredibly pungent odor. If you can put up with the smell, fafaru is a succulent and delicious fish dish that you should try...once, at least! Fafaru is one of the most preferred dishes…

Tahitian Vanilla, the Scent of Paradise

Vanilla, the flavor of ice creams and birthday cakes when you were young. Vanilla has a unique and special taste, and a heady perfume that makes you close your eyes and breathe in deeply. The vanilla grown in The Islands of Tahiti is one of the very best, used by top chefs in the finest…

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…

Wearing a Pareo

If there is one piece of clothing that symbolizes life in The Islands of Tahiti, it's the pareo. Long or short, a dress or a skirt, worn by vahine, but also by men. The pareo is the most versatile of garments. Almost a national costume, the pareo or sarong, is called a pareu in Tahitian,…

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…

Places to Visit on Tour of Moorea

Moorea, which is just a 10 minute flight from Tahiti, is one of the most spectacular islands in French Polynesia. The scenery in Moorea is absolutely breathtaking. There are so many sites to visit when you go on a tour of the island, but here is our selection of the best beaches, swimming spots, hiking…

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…

Sustainability and ecotourism in The Islands of Tahiti

The Islands of Tahiti are known as an island paradise with an exceptionally warm and welcoming local population. The development of sustainable tourism is essential to preserve this unique natural environment and to safeguard the traditional culture of Polynesian islanders. The Islands of Tahiti is a combination of many treasures, including the famous Tiare Tahiti…

Eco-responsible hotels

The protection of the environment is a daily preoccupation in The Islands of Tahiti. The tourist industry is committed to respecting the natural ecosystem of French Polynesia, and you can play an active role by choosing to stay in an eco-responsible hotel. For many people, the main concern when reserving a vacation in The Islands…

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…

Sculpture and engraving in The Islands of Tahiti

Sculpture and engraving have a significant place in the art and culture of The Islands of Tahiti. They are closely linked to the Polynesian identity and tradition. During your visit, you'll be able to learn about the significance of these objects and the meanings of the designs etched into them. In The Islands of Tahiti,…

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…

Tahitian dance costumes

Sensual, inventive and captivating, Tahitian dance is an unforgettable spectacle that can only be appreciated fully in The Islands of Tahiti. It's a dance that expresses itself in movement and music, but also in the magnificent costumes of the dancers. The creation of these costumes is an art form in its own right. Dance is…

A Day in the Lush Opunohu Valley

In The Islands of Tahiti there is a vast choice of things to do and see. And one of the most beautiful sites on the island of Moorea is the Opunohu Valley. Here is a suggestion for an excursion to explore the valley and admire the lush vegetation, starting from the beautiful turquoise waters in…

The Islands of Tahiti and the Cinema

The natural beauty of The Islands of Tahiti has been the background for many well-known films. Many famous actors have starred in films that were made in these islands, including Richard Thorpe, Robert Flaherty and of course, Marlon Brando. This exotic destination provides a perfect setting for a film, with superb scenery and ideal conditions…

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.

Buying a tifaifai

The tifaifai is one of the flagships of traditional Polynesian handicraft. There's not a family inFrench Polynesia that doesn't have at least one of these works of art spread out on a sofa or bed. Take one home with you to add a splash of exotic Polynesian color to your bedroom or your baby's crib.…

A Visit to Papeete Market

Papeete market is a wonderful place to visit during your stay in The Islands of Tahiti. Situated right in the middle of the town, it is a colorful and lively center where you'll get a good insight into the daily life of the inhabitants of French Polynesia. The municipal market in Papeete was originally called…

Buying a handwoven basket

An emblematic souvenir of your stay in The Islands of Tahiti, is a handwoven basket. It is both a practical item and a work of art, as well as an accessory that never goes out of fashion. You can buy them in Papeete market and at roadside stands throughout The Islands of Tahiti. A basket…

A Tahitian Guesthouse: Authentic Polynesian Hospitality

There is a vast choice of accommodations in The Islands of Tahiti, from luxury hotel resorts to camp sites. Tahitian Guesthouses offer first class accommodations that is authentic and reasonably priced. Staying in a Tahitian Guesthouse you're sure of a good night's rest after a day spent visiting Papeete or diving in the lagoon. Authentic…

Best of the little-known beaches The Islands of Tahiti

There are plenty of beautiful, secluded beaches in The Islands of Tahiti. Superb stretches of white, black or even pink sand, on the shores of a turquoise lagoon. Here are ten of the best!

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…

Cultural Traditions of the Gambier Islands

Nestled together in an isolated lagoon, the Gambier Islands have a very unique charm. Far off the beaten tourist track, a vacation in the Gambier Islands is an authentic voyage to the heart of Polynesian culture, where ancestral traditions are preserved with pride. With their rich and thriving ancestral culture, the Gambier Islands are an…

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.

Best Restaurants and Bars in Moorea

. You have plenty of choice for an evening out in Moorea. Whether you want to go for a romantic dinner, try some typical Polynesian cuisine or just visit a bar for a couple of cocktails, here is a guide to some of the best addresses on the island.

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…

The Unique Wildlife of the Marquesas Islands

The Marquesas Islands are home to some of the rarest species of animals and plants in The Islands of Tahiti. A wonderland of flora and fauna, much of which is endemic to this remote and isolated archipelago. The Marquesas Islands, known as the 'Land of Men', are located in the northeast of French Polynesia, about…

The Tiki and Paepae of Hatiheu, Nuku Hiva

You'll need to go by car to get there, because the magnificent bay of Hatiheu is on the other side of the island from the main village of Taiohae. A captivating archeological site with a troubled past, where you'll discover tohua, petroglyphs, tiki and much more besides. There are countless historical and cultural sites in…

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.

Visit Saint Michel Cathedral and its Surroundings

On the island of Mangareva in the heart of the Gambier Islands, stands the impressive cathedral of Saint Michel of Rikitea. Visit the interior and admire the mother-of-pearl decoration. The unique architecture of this 19th century religious building displays a different aspect of Polynesian history. The arrival of catholic missionaries in Mangareva had an immense…

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…

Top 10 of Tahiti’s Most Beautiful Landscapes

Tahiti, in the heart of the South Pacific, is the biggest and best-known island in French Polynesia. A land of majestic mountains, lush green valleys, waterfalls, turquoise lagoons, superb sandy beaches. Here's our guide to the 10 most beautiful landscapes on the island.

Top 10 sacred sites to visit in The Islands of Tahiti

Political, cultural and ceremonial centers, the marae were highly symbolic sites for Polynesians. Most of these open-air temples date from several centuries ago and to explore them is to delve into the very foundations of the ancestral culture of The Islands of Tahiti.

Three Little-Known Polynesian Islands

Take the time to get off the beaten track on your voyage to The Islands of Tahiti. Makatea, Rimatara and Tahuata are three little-known islands that are certainly worth visiting, as you'll find out here. Visiting somewhere off the beaten track is an ideal way to discover a destination's authentic culture and traditions. There are…

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…

A Spa in Bora Bora: Relax with a Luxurious Tahitian Massage

A visit to a spa in one of Bora Bora's luxury hotels is a moment of pure and blissful luxury. Let yourself be pampered by the highly trained staff in a haven of peace and tranquility. All you have to do is relax and let the stresses and strains of modern life drift into 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 Museums of Ua Huka

Ua Huka has four museums which promote the island's history, nature and culture. They are dedicated to the sea, archeology, petroglyphs and wood. The Papuakeikaa arboretum is an emblematic tourist site reputed throughout French Polynesia and beyond. These sites help to make Ua Huka a leading destination for cultural activities in The Islands of Tahiti.…

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.

Luxury honeymoon in The Islands of Tahiti

All over the world, young couples about to get married have The Islands of Tahiti as their first choice for a honeymoon destination. The reasons are many and simple. The sunny climate, beautiful islands, magnificent turquoise lagoons, superb white sandy beaches, luxury hotels with overwater bungalows, fine food, and the friendly and welcoming Polynesian islanders.…

Celebrating a traditional Polynesian wedding

A traditional Polynesian wedding in The Islands of Tahiti is a moment of pure romance. Wearing white pareos, shell necklaces, and crowns and garlands of hibiscus and tiare tahiti, the bride and groom are summoned to exchange their vows in an emotional ceremony that they'll remember for the rest of their lives. A traditional Tahitian…

Preparing banana po’e

Like poisson cru au lait de coco, po'e is a classic of Tahitian cuisine. Served as an accompaniment to fish dishes or poulet fafa (chicken in spinach and coconut milk), it is extremely popular dish in The Islands of Tahiti. Po'e is based on fruit and tapioca flour or corn starch and although banana po'e…

Cooking raw fish with coconut milk

With such an exceptional climate, fruit, vegetables and spices grow in abundance in The Islands of Tahiti. They serve as fresh and often exotic accompaniments to fish, invariably caught the same day in the lagoon. You'll find perch, mahi-mahi, parrotfish and swordfish on the menu, and of course, the famous Tahitian dish of poisson cru…

Gastronomic Experiences

A vacation in The Islands of Tahiti is an opportunity to discover traditional Polynesian cuisine, based on fresh local produce, with fish dishes its speciality. There is also a large choice of other menus in the restaurants, snackbars and foodtrucks, especially on the main islands. You'll find French, Chinese, Vietnamese, Japanese and Italian cuisine, and…

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…

Enjoy a Polynesian spa

Let yourself be pampered and enjoy the luxury of a Polynesian spa. A special place just for you to experience a moment of pure well-being and total relaxation. French Polynesia is a veritable jewel of the South Pacific, reputed for its natural beauty and the warm hospitality of the local population. Experience a special moment…

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…

Traditional Sports

The traditional Polynesian sports include stone lifting, javelin throwing, fruit carrier races, coconut tree climbing and va'a races. Most of them are far less easy than they look. Give them a try and see for yourself! The Tahitian name for traditional Polynesian sports is Tū’aro Mā’ohi. and they are another part of the ancestral culture…

The Tere A’ati in Rurutu

The island of Rurutu is in the heart of the Austral Islands, more than 370 miles from Tahiti. This small island paradise is known for its unique, authentic traditions, such as the annual Tere A'ati festival held every January. The entire population, old and young, gathers together for a grand procession around the island. A…

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.

Polynesian tattoos – Origins and significance

Tattooing has a long history in Oceania. The first traces of tattooing in Polynesia date back 2,000 years! Today, tattooing is still a thriving art in The Islands of Tahiti, perhaps more than ever, an this despite having nearly disappeared when it was banned by the christian missionaries. Every Polynesian culture has its own tattoos,…

Preparing a Polynesian fruit salad

There is an incredible abundance of fruit in The Islands of Tahiti, including watermelon, pineapple, mango, papaya, passion fruit, lychees, bananas, star fruit, abiu, rambutan and many, many others. You'll find fruit for sale at roadside stands or in the markets. Ask to try some of those that you've never seen before. Then make a…

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…

Superyachts

The Islands of Tahiti is the main center for superyachts in the South Pacific. With 118 islands and atolls, spread over an area the size of Europe, French Polynesia offers countless crusing possibilities for these luxurious floating palaces The preservation of the ocean has been a priority for the government of French Polynesia for over…

Explore Taputapuatea

The Islands of Tahiti is a destionation where you can get back in touch with the essential things in life, feel the Mana and enjoy the magnificence of nature. To get a better understanding of the origins of the ancient culture of the islands, a visit to Raiatea is a voyage to the sacred birthplace…

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…

The words of Mana

There is a sacred force in The Islands of Tahiti called Mana. It is something unique to French Polynesia and is a powerful flame that inhabits and links all living things, past and present. Mana is the vital force that is the spirit of the islands, the people and the ma'ohi culture. Wherever you visit…

8 specialities of The Islands of Tahiti you must try

French Polynesia boasts numerous culinary specialities and here's a list of some of the most delicious. Trying the local cuisine is the best way to get a real taste of The Islands of Tahiti.

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…

Tahitian black pearls

Tahitian black pearls, though really it is more accurate to say Tahitian cultured pearls, as they are created in variety of colors, are the perfect souvenir to take with you from French Polynesia. The majority of authentic Tahitian pearls are produced in the warm waters of The Tuamotu Islands and Gambier Islands. These magnificent jewels…

The History of Makatea

The history of Makatea is marked by the phosphate mining operation which lasted for 60 years. An abandoned factory and the deep mining pits are the scars it left behind. Discover the unique past of this atypical atoll in the Tuamotu Islands of French Polynesia. The island of Makatea is a unique destination in The…

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…

Food Trucks in The Islands of Tahiti

In French Polynesia, a food truck is called a "roulotte". Delicious food, rapid service and reasonably priced menus make food trucks the favorite restaurants of the local population. Originally roulottes were mobile restaurants which catered for laborers, close to their worksite. Now they are a veritable institution and can be found throughout The Islands of…

Discover Papeete

Papeete is pronounced "Papé-été", which means waterbasket. It is a place you should definitely visit during your vacation in The Islands of Tahiti. Shopping, gastronomy, modern and ancestral culture - a day in Papeete is always a memorable experience. What to do in Papeete Notre-Dame Cathedral, a historic start All distances in Tahiti are measured…

Enjoy the Cuisine of the Marquesas Islands

You eat very well in the Marquesas Islands. Wild pig and goat, breadfruit, manioc, taro, Marquesan poisson cru... During your vacation in The Islands of Tahiti, make sure you try the local cuisine, it's delicious. Enjoy your meal, or"Kaikai meitai" as they say in the Marquesas Islands. A vacation in French Polynesia is an immersion…

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…

Soak up the Mana at the Marquesas Islands Arts Festival

Live and breathe Marquesan culture and discover the true sense of Mana in these remote and mysterious islands. At the three day Marquesas Islands arts festival you'll have a unique experience that you'll never forget. The first edition of the Marquesas Islands arts festival was held in 1986 to promote Marquesan culture in French Polynesia.…

Taste the Rum, Spirits and Fruit Juice of Moorea

If you feel like a break from basking in the sun, head for Mount Rotui in Cook's Bay. At the foot of the mountain you'll find a fruit juice factory, which welcomes visitors. It is also a rum distillery. While you're in The Islands of Tahiti, try to visit to the Rotui fruit juice factory…

Luxury hotels in Bora Bora

Life is about as good as it gets in a 4 or 5 star hotel in Bora Bora. A room with a view of the world's most beautiful lagoon in a South Pacific island that dreams are made of. Magnificent scenery, luxuriant mountains and tropical gardens help to make a vacation in Bora Bora such…

Luxury is an overwater bungalow in Bora Bora

A vacation in Bora Bora is the stuff of dreams. A unique moment that will be even more special if you spend it in an overwater bungalow. Visit the Pearl of the Pacific and make your dreams come true. We've all seen picture postcard images of white sandy beaches, with the overwater bungalows of a…

Relaxing on Motu Tiapaa in Maupiti

Maupiti should be on everybody's list when they visit The Islands of Tahiti. Situated in the Society Islands, just next to Bora Bora, it's as much of a jewel as its illustrious neighbor. A paradise island full of beauty spots like Motu Tiapaa, where you can relax and let all your cares just drift away.…

Swimming with Manta Rays in Maupiti

The island of Maupiti lies to the northwest of Bora Bora. It is a very small island, authentic and full of surprises. For example, it is reputed to be the best place in French Polynesia for swimming with manta rays. These majestic creatures can be found along the coral reefs, and in Maupiti, you can…

Visit a vanilla platation in Taha’a

The island of Taha'a lies to the southeast of Bora Bora and in the same lagoon as Raiatea, in the Society Islands. A peaceful and authentic island with a scent of paradise in the air. The sweet perfume of vanilla will accompany you throughout your visit to the island. The prize-winning vanilla of Taha'a is…

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…

Traveling to Bora Bora

Bora Bora, a name that dreams are made of, a name that evokes the paradise of The Islands of Tahiti. It is one of the most famous islands in the world, and also one of the most beautiful. In Bora Bora, the air is filled with romance, and it is the perfect setting for a…

Bora Bora Weddings

There is nothing more romantic than a wedding ceremony in Bora Bora. In The Islands of Tahiti, weddings take place on the beach, with the waves of the turquoise lagoon lapping gently on the shore and the air filled with the exotic scent of frangipani flowers. And in the background, the towering peak of Mount…

Tasting the rum from Taha’a

It would be a shame to visit Taha'a without stopping off at one (or why not both!) of the island's two rum distilleries. You can visit the sugarcane plantations, and then learn how the cane is transformed into delicious rum. Taha'a is an island that appeals to the senses. First, there is the perfume of…

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