Destination: Tahiti

TAHITI

A beautiful chain of islands in the South Pacific, the Islands of Tahiti are made up of 118 islands and are ideal vacation destinations for travelers seeking a true island paradise.

The main island of Tahiti is composed of two volcanic mountain ranges and is known for its black sand beaches and surrounding coral reefs. Its capital city, Papeete, is the main port of call for the island and is home to a busy harbor as well as the Faa’a International Airport. Papeete also has many cafes, shops and restaurants that serve a variety of cuisines including Tahitian, French and Asian. When visiting the city, travelers often make time for shopping at Le Marché, a large, two-story marketplace with stands selling fruit, vegetables, fish and flowers as well as handicrafts and souvenirs.

Bora Bora, a one hour flight from the island of Tahiti, is known as the romantic island. It’s surrounded by a lagoon and a barrier reef, and the remnants of an extinct volcano rise from the center of the island into two peaks: Mount Otemanu and Mount Pahia. The incredible landscape and lush island environment make Bora Bora a popular honeymoon spot.

Moorea is another popular Tahitian island to visit and is just a 30-minute ferry boat ride from Papeete. Its mountainous landscape contrasts with the island’s many waterfalls, as well as the island’s two bays, Cook’s Bay and Opunohu Bay. The white sand beaches and hibiscus gardens are only a small part of the magic of this island.

Embrace the island life by staying in an overwater bungalow, a thatched-roof structure that seemingly floats above the warm lagoon waters and is popular with travelers. Waters in the lagoons average 84 degrees in the summer (November through April) and 79 degrees in the winter (May through October), making them perfect for the world-class snorkeling and diving the Islands of Tahiti are known for. The marine life in the lagoons is breathtaking – over a thousand species of fish of every color, size and shape live in them.

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