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The mention of Tahiti evokes visions of an island paradise you’ve always dreamed of. Only eight hours from Los Angeles but seemingly a world away, this South Pacific destination made up of 118 islands and atolls continues to seduce vacationers in search of tranquil escape. The island of Tahiti, towering over the ocean like a proud and royal Queen, is crowned by a circle of majestic peaks. The mountainous interior shelters deep valleys, clear streams, and high waterfalls, all bathed in the green iridescence of Mother Nature's light. The flat coastal lands, edged with a rugged coastline, are home to fields of tropical flowers and most of the island's population.
Papeete, the invigorating capital city and gateway to French Polynesia, boasts world-class resorts, spas, fine restaurants, nightclubs, and endless shopping at the vibrant markets, pearl shops, and boutiques. The port city of Papeete, however, is more than just the gateway to the outer islands. This charming waterfront city is abuzz with activity, offering plenty of cosmopolitan diversions, such as shopping its quaint boutique shops, sampling a tasty treat from a waterfront snack van or simply inhaling the fragrance of the weekend municipal market.
Bora Bora is encircled by a multihued lagoon and protected by a wall of coral reef. Crowned by lush, green, volcanic peaks, you can understand why the late James A. Michener described Bora Bora as the most beautiful island in the South Pacific. Traverse this tiny island on bicycle and chat to locals, or explore Bora Bora's rugged interior on a jeep safari tour. Pack a picnic and maroon yourself on a remote motu, or make a lunch date with a black tip reef shark and watch your guide hand feed these amazing creatures. Explore a cultural note by enjoying a Polynesian dance performance or sip a cocktail at the exceptional Bora Bora Lagoon Resort and Spa.
Moorea is a daydream realized. Serrated peaks and tremendous gorges are hugged by shallow bays and translucent lagoons. Pineapple plantations dot the hills and waves lap quaint villages free of hotel development. Befriend a local guide and hike the emerald valleys, give your camera a workout at Belvedere Lookout where you'll be mesmerized by the blue horizon. Wrap yourself in a rainbow by wearing tie-dyed pareus (sarongs), a Moorean specialty, or frolic with dolphins in crystalline lagoons at Dolphin Quest.
Papeete, Tahiti's port capital, is much more than a stepping stone to the outer islands; it is a delightful blend of island sleepiness and cosmopolitan chic. Both early discoverers and modern tourists cherish the city for its sheltered bay. The broad avenue along the waterfront is always abuzz with activity. Explore the hibiscus lined streets in the early morning cool and treat yourself to a breakfast of crepes from one of the charming snack vans edging the streets. Trace artistic brilliance on a Gauguin half day tour, window shop the boutiques, sip the local Hinano beer at an outdoor café, or indulge in a sunset cruise. On Sunday mornings wind down with the locals by visiting the municipal market where stalls of handicrafts tempt tourists, and daily catches of seafood sit alongside bouquets of bananas.
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Bora Bora Overwater Experience
Experience "the most beautiful island in the South Pacific"
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Bora Bora Sampler
Travel to Paradise and Experience Island Living.
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Eight nights of luxury and exclusivity in French Polynesia.
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Moorea and Bora Bora Sampler
Color your world.
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Moorea Overwater Experience
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A romantic getaway for the tropical traveler.
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Pearls of Polynesia
Island-hop your way to true tranquility.
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Relax in Moorea
Overnight in Papeete, then spend 5 nights on Moorea.
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Society Islands Explorer
See it all through this unique tour.
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Tours and Activities
4WD Safari Tour
Location: Bora Bora
Shark Watching and Lagoonarium Tour
Location: Bora Bora
Length: Half-day, Full-day
Circle Island Tour with Belvedere
Tiki Village and Tahitian Feast
Inner Island 4x4 Safari
Tahiti and Her Tropical Treasures