Tahiti island destinations have always been ready for their close-up, ranking among the most picturesque on the planet. Has Bora Bora ever taken a bad photo? Do Moorea's lofty spires and opalescent lagoons ever fail to inspire envy? And can the untamed Marquesas possibly be any more appealing to adventure travelers? Add in the pristine beaches and world-class dive sites of the Tuamotu Atolls, the old-school Polynesian customs of Huahine and Raiatea, the vanilla beans and lustrous black pearls of Taha'a, and even the chaotic bustle of the capital, Papeete, and Tahiti stands alone as a Technicolor mosaic of vacation perfection.
If you see yourself in this picture, here's more exciting details about Tahiti vacation destinations: They're bilingual with most residents speaking both Tahitian and French. The crystalline lagoons of Tahiti's 118 islands are filled with so many tropical fish it's like snorkeling in an aquarium. Its hundreds of overwater bungalows are waiting for you to drift off to asleep as shallow aquamarine water laps a Polynesian lullaby.
Traditions such as hip-shaking tamure dances and hypnotic fire performances seduce resort guests nightly and daytime diversions like shark and stingray feeding and Jet Ski excursions up the adrenaline level. Spa goers will enjoy traditional nature-based treatments that feel (and smell) divine, while cruise lovers can tour with ease, unpacking just once but sampling multiple islands in all their panoramic glory. Plus the merging of French and Tahitian cultures means great food and wine. Yes, Tahiti has star quality – and that's even before you count the multitude of etoiles in its nighttime sky.
While Bora Bora, Taha'a or even the Marquesas may beckon, French Polynesia's gateway – where a fragrant lei greeting awaits at Faa'a International Airport after a comfortable eight-hour nonstop from Los Angeles – is a Tahiti destination that should not be overlooked.
Moorea's beauty is mind-blowing. You'll steal your first glimpse from the main island of Tahiti and then as you arrive and Moorea's towering green peaks and slender white beaches come into focus, you'll be in awe over what nature has created for relaxation-starved visitors to enjoy.
Tahiti's prized jewel, Bora Bora has been seducing travelers for centuries and creating romantic memories since the first overwater bungalow resort was built some 50 years ago.
Taha'a Tahiti – try saying that five times fast! Known as "The Vanilla Island," Taha'a earned its nickname by producing some of the world's finest vanilla and you'll enjoy that deliciously comforting scent practically everywhere you go.
When divers head to French Polynesia in search of stellar coral and adrenaline-rush dives, Rangiroa is often the destination of choice. The water's 150-foot visibility and abundant schools of sharks and tuna add to the allure.
Tikehau travel is the equivalent of a detox. After landing on a slender atoll, you are whisked off via motorboat to an intimate resort set amid soft pink sand to relax in a swaying hammock and snorkeling in a serene aquamarine lagoon.
Located about three hours by air from French Polynesia's main island of Tahiti and steeped in both history and adventure, the Marquesas is a lost-in-time island chain of dramatic volcanic cliffs shrouded in mystical clouds, and the final resting place of the South Pacific's most famous artist.
The Islands of French Polynesia or more commonly known as "Tahiti" are only 8 hours nonstop flight from Los Angeles (LAX) to Tahiti's Papeete's Faa'a Airport (PPT).
Nonstop flights depart Los Angeles almost daily on Air Tahiti Nui and Air France. Hawaiian Airlines operates nonstop flights from Honolulu (HNL) to Papeete (PPT) weekly.
Travelling to Bora Bora, Moorea or Tahiti's outer islands is easy. Air Tahiti and Air Moorea operate regular scheduled flights out of Tahiti from Faa'a Airport over a network of islands. Charted flights are available on request.
Catamarans and ferry boats cross between Tahiti and Moorea several times a day. All transfers can be arranged by our specialists at Islands in the Sun. For taxis or public transportation, it is best to ask the Concierge for options available and timetables.