Get Inspired / Pacific Islands / Tahiti Dive into Tahiti's Blue Paradise © Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora © David Kirkland - Bora Bora Pearl Resort & Spa Share on email Print this article Share on Facebook Get Inspired / Pacific Islands / Tahiti Dive into Tahiti's Blue Paradise story by: Inspire Magazine Every morning in Tahiti and her islands, you will awaken to the sight of leafy green mountains, crystalline waters and buttery warm light. Officially a French nation, European chic meets with Polynesian culture here...and the outcome is absolutely delectable. Tahiti and her islands is actually the broad term for the five archipelagos of French Polynesia. Of the five main islands, Moorea and Bora Bora are the most frequently visited, with their lush volcanic heartlands, forests and ferns, and thundering waterfalls. A FUSION OF FRANCE AND POLYNESIA Experience vibrant Papeete, French Polynesia’s lively capital. Here you can savour the best of France and Polynesia, especially when it comes to the food. Freshly caught raw fish marinated delectably with lime juice and coconut milk (poisson cru) pairs perfectly with sweet and sticky French crepes for dessert. Take a stroll to discover even more of these tasty delights - Papeete’s streets are full of fabulous food and flair. Be sure to wander to Le Marche where you can buy colourful floral leis and sarongs and munch on some mouth-watering fresh fruits. At night, stroll in the balmy breeze to the waterfront, keeping an eye out for Le Roulottes - food trucks that park along here every night, with live entertainment Fri-Sat. Affordable and delicious. A LAND OF LUXURY AND ADVENTURE The island of Moorea is only a short boat ride or flight from Papeete, but it feels like a whole world away. The view is breathtaking in every direction, so grab your knapsack and venture out into the wild by car or bike. Pristine, deserted beaches, intimate villages and pineapple plantations form an inimitable tropical coastline. Experience the luxury of this island utopia with a stay in an over-water bungalow, where you’ll hear the gently lapping waters right outside your window. Try your hand at water sports in the lagoon with a variety of snorkelling and diving experiences. Bright corals, colourful inquisitive fish and sleek reef sharks bring the impossibly blue ocean to life. Plant a kiss on a majestic manta ray, or get your heart pumping feeding the sharks! Then head inland the adventurous way - on a four wheel drive tour that gives you access to the rugged, wild heart of the island. Ride through the verdant forest and witness its spectacular tumbling waterfalls and jagged cliff edges. On Moorea, you might want to stay at a pension, pronounced ‘pen-see-own’. These are family-run dwellings perfect for the traveller in search of an authentic local experience and are usually in prime locations close to beautiful beaches and lagoons. You’ll soon sink into the laid-back, leisurely family lifestyle. TAHITIAN INDULGENCE ON BORA BORA Bora Bora is the epitome of island luxury, it’s the tropical holiday fantasy of many. Overwater bungalows fitted with glass floors mean that you can gaze at tropical fish swimming in the sparkling water right beneath your feet. Sumptuous breakfasts will even be delivered to your bungalow each morning. In the evening, savour in the breathtaking view with a fruity cocktail in hand. If you can tear yourself away from your idyllic accommodation, sail away on a boat cruise in the gentle breeze for an exploration of the hundreds of tiny nearby islands and lush coral gardens. Follow in the footsteps of the rich and famous like Nicole Kidman, the Kardashians, Miranda Kerr and others who have enjoyed this opulent paradise. WHEN TO GO Jul-Oct are the best months to visit, with temperatures averaging 24°C and little rain. The evenings are a little cooler, but trousers and a light sweater will keep you comfortable. Nov-Mar is the more humid season, although the weather is relatively consistent and doesn't fluctuate too much. GETTING THERE Papeete is just over a 5 hour flight from Auckland, with all international flights arriving at Faa’a International Airport. Air New Zealand flys non-stop from Auckland twice a week and Air Tahiti Nui three times a week. Once in Papeete there are several daily flights operated by Air Tahiti to the other islands including Moorea (a 15 minute flight) and Bora Bora (a 1 hour flight). Or take a 30 minute boat ride to Moorea. To find out more call 0800 838 747, visit houseoftravel.co.nz or come instore! Click here for all Inspire South Pacific articles Enquire Now First name* Last name* Email* Phone How can we help? 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