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Tahiti - Why is it so popular?

Tahiti - Why is it so popular?

Is the busy season starting to run you a bit ragged? Are you dreaming of leaving the chaos behind and escaping to somewhere where there’s no traffic and no throngs of people? Does the thought of relaxing, drink in one hand and book in the other sound appealing? It does to us too!

What is so great about Tahiti? Aside from the postcard-perfect vistas, there’s plenty about Tahiti that makes a visit well worth while. If you enjoy swimming and snorkelling in crystal clear, tepid waters, Tahiti has you covered. With 118 islands and atolls, there are plenty of options. You definitely need to get off the mainland and out to one of the other islands to get a good snorkelling experience. That’s not saying there’s anything wrong with the island of Tahiti, it just means the waters are clearer and there are more fish and coral to see around the smaller islands. Islands like Taha’a, Tikehau and Fakarava are teeming with marine life, but you’ll also be impressed by Moorea, Bora Bora, Rangiroa, Raiatea … well, you get the drift!

Many of the 118 islands are uninhabited and each island is different from the next. For example, you’ve got the “garden island” of Huahine, the incredible marine reserve around Fakarava and the overwater-bungalow capital slash honeymooners paradise of Bora Bora to name just some. The lagoons are famous for their aqua hues and rightly so. Lined by white sand beaches and swaying palm trees they are quite simply idyllic.

But if you’re not one to spend hours on the beach or in the water, there are still plenty of other things to do. Islands like Moorea have gorgeous vegetation and a bike ride or 4WD trip are a good way to get amongst it. There are vanilla plantations, pineapple farms, beautiful walks with waterfalls, tropical rainforest and spectacular look outs. You can also visit pearl farms, take a glass-bottom boat trip, garden visits or even go for a paddle on a transparent kayak.

Now, if you want to get away from the usual touristy spots, you can head further afield to the lesser-visited islands in The Marquesas. The islands here are more isolated so there aren’t as many tourists. You won’t see the big resorts here. Instead you’ll find dramatic landscapes of mountains plunging into valleys, waterfalls and friendly locals selling their crafts. There are plenty of historic and culturally important sites to see and you’ll learn about the customs and traditions of the people here.

Of course, if you want to see several of these islands, cruising is the way to go. In Tahiti, you just have to get out on the water at some point, so cruising is the perfect option. You’ll sail these pristine waters as you relax in the sun with the gentle breeze in your hair and each day you’ll get to experience a new and different island of French Polynesia. There are several options for cruising Tahiti – the custom-built Paul Gauguin, the romantic Wind Star, luxury five-star ships, your own private charter and more. If you’re heading to The Marquesas, the Aranui 5 is a working freighter that delivers supplies to the isolated communities as well as operating as a cruise ship for tourists.

We’ve got lots of options to choose from whether you are combining French Polynesia with Hawaii for example, taking a more intrepid journey from Tahiti through to Pitcairn or Easter Islands, or simply preferring a stay put in French Polynesia. To take a look at some of the options, click here or request a call from one of Ultimate Cruising experts for more information and advice.