The French Polynesian Islands

When people think of the French Polynesian islands, it conjures up lots of romantic images.   You can definitely find a lot of romance there… but it has gone through tremendous renovations to become quite the family friendly destination.  Whether you plan to travel as a couple or as a family, I’m going to share a few highlights that will help you consider Tahiti as the perfect destination for your next vacation.

Some quick facts:

  • The Islands of Tahiti are a French Overseas Country.
  • French and Tahitian are the two official languages. Most who work in hospitality will speak English well.
  • Tahiti is the main island and capital of French Polynesia.
  • No tourist visa and no vaccines are required.
  • Same time zone as Hawaii, so less jetlag.

It’s a tropical, warm, sunny destination year-round, with average temperatures in the 80s.
May to November with their winter being peak season and less humid.

How do you get there?  Nonstop service from Los Angeles and San Francisco by Air Tahiti Nui and United Airline
Flight time is approximately 9-hours, or a few movies and a nap away.

photo cr: Intercontinental Thalasso

Where to go?

There are 118 islands, but travelers visit 3 to 6 of the most popular ones.

Tahiti island is the largest of all, it is often a “transit” island to the more exotic sister islands…
If you have the time though, it is a great island to break up a trip. It has great museums, gardens, and markets.

Tetiaroa island is a true retreat.  Only 15 min. from Tahiti by flight. It’s actually the property of actor, Marlon Brando.  The only resort on the island is named, The Brando.  It’s a great resort for families; the island is a sanctuary for sea life and birds. Every room is a villa, some up to 3 bedrooms with private pool.  Active kids program and nanny service included.

photo cr: Conrad Hilton Bora Bora

Moorea has gorgeous valleys and mountain peaks and scenic bays. It’s the island for you to explore…. the “marae” or their sacred archaeological sites, and pineapple plantations as they claim to have the best pineapple in the world!

Bora Bora is most known for her turquoise lagoons and majestic sunsets. Here is where you will want to indulge in an overwater bungalow.  Enjoy breakfast delivered by canoe.  Swim and snorkel right off your own bungalow.  Now, resorts have 2-bedroom over-water bungalows to accommodate families.

There are also many untouched, authentic, off the beaten path islands for those desiring to experience these unique places. Huahine, Raiatea and Taha’a to name a few.   Some are great diving oasis.

photo cr: Four Seasons Bora Bora

What to do:
Most of the experiences will be surrounding water sports.  Culturally, there will be Tahitian dinner shows.  But it’s more of a pick a resort and relax, reconnect with people you love type of experience.  Hiking, 4WD expeditions, swim with reef sharks and stingrays, picnic in a private motu, and sunset sail are activities that help create a memorable journey.

Alternative options:

Instead of island hopping by flight, you can choose to cruise around the islands.   Paul Gauguin cruise sails the islands year-round. It’s a fantastic, luxury small ship and gets you to multiple islands without packing and unpacking. It has a fabulous children’s program that focuses on conservation of environment.  Alcohol, meals, even gratuities are included.

So, Ia Ora na, or Hello in Tahitian… may I send you to Tahiti? If you want it, you can have it! Just have to get help planning it… pls call us!
650-631-6638, or click on the Let’s Plan Your Vacation Button on the top right to get started.

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