Tahiti and its surrounding islands are a fantastic vacation spot that is rich in culture, beauty, excellent food and many things to explore. Below, find the top five things that are absolute “must dos” when visiting Tahiti.
Natural aquarium diving into the vast diving sites all around Tahiti will expose you to seeing more varieties of fish than anywhere else on the globe, as well as sea turtles, dolphins, manta rays, barracuda, sharks, schools of jackfish, colorful reef fish and much more. If you are a novice diver, try the Austral Islands, the Marquesas as well as the Society Islands and for more experienced divers, Rangiroa and Tikehau. There are top scuba diving companies available across the islands that will assist and guide you through the magical underwater world.
Take a trip to visit an atoll in the Tuamotus, because it is an experience that you will never forget. Rangiroa, Tikehau and Fakarava are the more popular atolls and all of them boast top hotels. You will see an expanse of coral islets that are surrounded by pure, unpolluted and transparent ocean water. The view is breathtaking. This is also where Tahiti’s boasted pearl industry bore its humble beginnings. There are other, smaller and less-known atolls that are equally beautiful. Those atolls offer up family style guest houses. It is an intimate experience and guests are warmly welcomed by the natives and offered a behind-the-scenes look at Tahitian culture at its best.
Seeing a Polynesian dance is also a must when in Tahiti. Tahitian culture is rich in dance and both boys and girls are taught dancing as soon as they become toddlers. While hotels will often put dance performances in place for its guest during dinners and other affairs, the annual Heiva and Tahiti festivals take place in July. During this time, the top dance schools and troupes will be performing all around Tahiti and its islands.
Sleep in an overwater bungalow- even if only for one night- which is a once in a lifetime experience of extraordinary heights. You can watch the fish swim all night as the waves of the water gently rock you to sleep. You can literally wake and dive off of your terrace to swim with the fish, enjoying breakfast that is delivered to you in a classic dugout canoe.
Visit Bora Bora to round off your stay. What they say about the “Pearl of the Pacific” is true and you will feel like you stepped back in time as you explore the island and all its savoir-faire. Learn the history of the islands during your stay and if you have the time, visit Maupiti which is available by boat or plane. This is a sister island to Bora Bora with rich culture- petroglyphs etched into rocks, an island where legends, history and beautiful nature live together in harmony. You’ll be traveling primarily via bicycle or canoe, taking it slow and having a chance to experience life a completely different way.