Also known as French Polynesia, holidays to the Islands of Tahiti guarantee stunning tropical scenery and dreamy beaches, combined with a warm South Pacific welcome.
The Islands of Tahiti’s 118 islands stretch over an area the size of Europe, so it can be difficult to know which of the country's idyllic islands to choose. Most of the islands boast shallow lagoons, with forest-clad slopes and gorgeous sandy coves. The waters surrounding them are also protected UNESCO Biosphere Reserves, rich in marine life. Go snorkelling or diving and you’ll likely see an array of creatures from manta rays to dolphins and lemon sharks.
There are five groups of islands to discover - the Austral, Gambier, Marquesas, Society and Tuamotu archipelagos. The capital city and international gateway is Papeete, found on the largest island, Tahiti but you can easily island hop between them. From small ship cruising to sailing around on a luxury catamaran, there are many ways to help you explore.
In the Society Islands, pick between Moorea with its dramatic volcanic landscape, Huahine, Tahiti where the cultures from all the archipelagos collide, Tahaa, Raiatea or Bora Bora - probably the most well-known of them all. Bora Bora is the ultimate romantic retreat, with its secluded beaches and overwater bungalows floating above turquoise waters. Here you can enjoy traditional Polynesian room service with a canoe breakfast delivered directly to your overwater villa.
Whether it be for your dream honeymoon, a romantic retreat or spending time with family, we recommend staying on more than one of these beautiful atolls so you get to experience the Polynesian culture and island life first hand. Once arrived, it will be more than worth it, but with long flight times getting here; why not stop on route to break up the journey and arrive at your pacific paradise refreshed? Choose from Los Angeles, San Francisco, Japan or Hong Kong to name a few great cities to stop on route and break up the journey. Situated between the United States and Australia, the islands of Tahiti also make the ideal stopover for your journey Down Under.
One visit to this island nation and it’s easy to see why it has captured the hearts of travellers for centuries; Captain James Cook and the French artist, Paul Gauguin, included.