When someone says “Tahiti”, what do you imagine? This region’s legendary beauty is so deeply engrained in our culture that almost all people will immediately visualize brilliant sunshine, colourful flowers, sandy beaches and rustling palm trees.
French Polynesia, more commonly known as Tahiti, is made up of 5 main islands groups: the Society Islands (which include Bora Bora, Moorea and Tahiti island itself), the Tuamotu Islands, the Marquesas Islands, the Gambier Islands, and the Austral Islands. This collection of 118 islands overflows with jaw-dropping mountain peaks, vibrant coral reefs, and heavenly beaches. It’s no wonder why many describe these islands as some of the most beautiful in the entire world.
With so many islands to explore, most travelers barely scratch the surface of all Tahiti has to offer. Almost all travelers begin their exploration in Papeete, the capital of Tahiti, and location of Tahiti-Faa’a International Airport. After arriving in Tahiti, many head straight for the white sand beaches of Moorea and Bora Bora, leaving Tahiti’s rugged mountains and black sand beaches overlooked. Moving to the outer Society of Islands, there’s tranquil Tahaa, where most of French Polynesia’s vanilla is grown; as well as the pink sands of Rangiroa. With waterfalls, cliffs, and local animals ranging from wild horses to pigs, the Marquesas Islands call to hikers and nature enthusiasts from around the world.
Many of these islands, including Bora Bora, are surrounded by reefs, creating pools of luminous aqua-coloured water. These waters, which are home to fish, dolphins, rays and sharks, are unparalleled locations for water sports, including snorkeling, diving, surfing and swimming. Popular islands like Bora Bora offer unimaginable luxury and all the conveniences of home. However, for those who want to get-off-the-beaten path, Tahiti still has many remote and undiscovered areas, where hotels are few and far between.