About Tahiti and her islands
Maeva! Welcome! Tahiti and her Islands names evoke wonderful states of mind: seduction, honeymoons, romance, adventure and escape… You have probably dreamt about these marvelous, imaginary, fertile worlds of sun-drenched landscapes that suddenly appear right before your eyes upon exiting your airplane?
Here, around these South Sea isles, a romantic sunset sea sends giant curls of turquoise waves breaking onto the colorful reefs that protect the tranquil lagoon of warm, bright-emerald waters and white coral-sand beaches. “Paradise on Earth”
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How to get there ?
Most visitors arrive by air. Faa’a International Airport (PPT) on Tahiti, is the only international airport in French Polynesia. It is located at about 5km west of the capital, Papeete.List of the several airline companies which serve the following destinations:
|Airlines||Departure from||Flight pattern||Length of flight||Website|
|Air Tahiti Nui||Paris
|4 / week
8 / week
2 / week
2 / week
|3 / week
3 / week
|Air New Zealand||Auckland||2 / week||5h30||www.airnz.com|
|Hawaian Airlines||Hawaï||1/ week||5h30||www.hawaiianair.com|
|Lan Airlines||Santiago du Chili||2 / week||11h00||www.lan.com|
|Air Calin||Nouméa||1 / week||5h40||www.aircalin.nc|
Inter-island flights: Air Tahiti airline company provides about 200 flights per week from islands of French Polynesia and the main airport of Tahiti-Faa’a.
Air Tahiti flight schedule is available on the following link: www.airtahiti.com
Tahiti is the beating heart of French Polynesia. It is both the gate to the country with Tahiti Faa’a airport and the administrative center of Papeete, the capital and economic lung of the country with its harbor, its businesses and shops.Downtown, Papeete’s market is a must see for anyone visiting the capital island. It features a wide range of the archipelago’s production, from local fish to a rich selection of handicrafts. Yet Tahiti is so much more than Papeete: majestic valleys falling into the arms of the lagoon, rich, restored archeological sites, the Aorai and Orohena, two sharp-peaked volcanic mountains. It also is a big island with an infinite choice of activities. The city offers many diversions and some of the great hotels organize magnificent traditional dance shows that should not be missed. Tahiti iti, the peninsula, holds some of the most beautiful hiking trails in Polynesia; particularly the hike to the Te Pari, a splendid and totally untouched site, and of course Teahupoo, one of the best surf spots in the world. Varied culinary styles: taste the local flavor of the traditional Tahitian oven at the generous buffets organized by the great hotels. Beyond this famous “ahima’a”, the country’s cuisine mirrors Tahiti: colorful and mixed, with Chinese, Italian, French influences, fast food of food vans, those very welcoming and convenient mobile restaurants.
Moorea, the Magical IslandA few minutes from the island of Tahiti by plane, and only thirty minutes by high-speed catamaran, Moorea soars magically out of the ocean in an explosion of green velvet – what you would imagine a South Seas island to be.Captain Cook’s island has one of the most beautiful lagoons in the Pacific. Its turquoise waters reflect the sumptuous harmony of the underwater world where divers might meet turtles, leopard rays or even some scorpion fish amidst coral roses hosting many other species. Also, a multitude of white sandy beaches, the diversity of the underwater coral and the richness of its marine fauna make it a preferential destination.
A wide, shallow lagoon surrounds the island’s vertical mountains where poetic threads of waterfalls tumble down fern-softened cliffs. Peaceful meadows flanked by pinnacles of green will fill your senses and renew your belief in the majesty of nature. Pastel-painted houses surrounded by gardens of hibiscus and birds of paradise, circle the island in a fantasy of happy, yet simple villages.A favorite among repeat visitors who all agree: the beauty of Moorea is unforgettable…Aimeo I Te Rara Varu, the island’s poetic name, comes from the eight majestic mountain ridges; however, the name was later changed to Moorea-meaning “Yellow lizard”- following a dream by a high priest. Polynesian legend describes the panorama of volcanic ridges as the second dorsal fin of the fish that became the island of Tahiti. These pinnacles later inspired the mythical “Bali Hai” that was based on James Michener’s book, Tales of the South Pacific.
Tikehau, the Pink Sand Island
Tikehau, a graceful oval crown of white and pink-sand beaches, can only be described as a picture postcard. Considered to be one of the most beautiful atolls in Polynesia, the fragrance of the air is matched only by the abundance of life in the bright-blue water. The friendly people, their homes awash with gardens, invite you to share and explore their world beyond imagination. In Tikehau, fish seem to outnumber people one-billion-to one. In fact, the density of the fish in the lagoon is so high that Jacques Cousteau’s research group declared it to contained the highest concentration of fish among any other Tuamotu atolls. Fishing is among the primary industries here for the 400 residents. Families share fish parks – underwater fenced areas – where they trap parrotfish and other lagoon species as a primary source of food and income. Families also ship fish by air to Papeete for sale in the local markets. Visitors enjoy endless hours of exploring the perfection of the lagoon through snorkeling, diving, and boating and exploring the village of Tuherahera.
Polynesian Experiences offer rare interactions with local artists who have dedicated their lives to following in the footsteps of their ancestors. Deeply rooted in mythical origins, Polynesians possess an extensive past filled with tales of epic legends, recounts of famous navigators, cultural practices and art forms passed down from generation to generation.