Tahiti is one of those places where every photo you take looks like a postcard. It offers a little bit of everything. This island nation in French Polynesia boasts gorgeous beaches, waterfalls, museums and a wide range of accommodation options to suit every budget.
One of the favorite places for accommodation is the luxurious over-water bungalows when you visit Tahiti. But the romantic spa experience in the open-air bungalows with lagoon views is absolutely spectacular. A Tahitian spa tantalizes all the senses and you’ll find plenty of luxurious establishments across the islands.
When it’s time for action after lazing on picturesque beaches, Tahiti travel is full of thrills. Try stand up paddle boarding, a jet ski tour, water aquabikes or waterskiing.
The natural aquarium is a sight for sore eyes. Watch manta rays gliding on the ocean floor, explore vibrant coral gardens, admire reef sharks and search for giant turtles. The ocean is at the heart of Tahitian life, so it’s little wonder this is one of the best places in the world, to snorkel and dive. You can jump from the beach into turquoise lagoons filled with colorful fish, or head out on a dive tour to see tiger sharks, dolphins and majestic whales.
Your holiday in Tahiti wouldn’t be complete without watching traditional dance shows, with multi-colored flowers, conch shells and drum beats enchanting you. You can even take a dancing lesson yourself… learn how to sway your own hips with the basics of rhythm and traditional moves. Don’t forget to take an insta-worthy shot in your Polynesian sarong.
The dance of fire is practiced by many civilizations around the world and one that is deeply rooted in Polynesian culture. In the past, the fire dance was executed by adepts as messages addressed to the gods – referring to a request or giving thanks. According to other ancient ma’ohi beliefs, the fire dance also gave nature to be fertile and abundant during harvest seasons. Finally, this dance was used again to showcase their battle prowess and serve as intimidation during wars between tribes of the Pacific region. Many hotels around Tahiti and Bora Bora offer this show over dinner or on the beach.
Speaking of dinner, the flavors of Tahiti are fresh and tropical, with hints of vanilla, ginger and coconut. Eating fresh seafood on the beach is one of life’s greatest delights and you’ll find tuna, mahi-mahi, barracuda and grouper in abundance. Sunday feasts revolve around a hima’a, with fish, lobster, suckling pig, breadfruit and more, cooked over hot rocks in the ground. However, it’s all about the national dish, poisson cru, which is raw fish marinated with lime juice and soaked in coconut milk, with lime, cucumbers, tomatoes, and scallions, ready to melt in your mouth.
All you have to do is enjoy!