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Beautiful Holidays

Plan with the South Pacific experts

A holiday in the Tahitian Islands conjure up images of exotic women with long flowing black hair, of breathtaking tropical mountains tumbling into turquoise lagoons, snorkelling with manta rays, watching the sun set from an overwater bungalow and being invigorated by the sophisticated ambience which blends Mediterranean with the South Pacific. The country, officially known as French Polynesia, and become symbolic with romance, over water bungalows and the iconic island of Bora Bora, but holidays here are also amongst the most expensive in the world, which is just another reason why it is such a popular honeymoon destination!

Tahiti Resorts Guide

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French Polynesia is about as close to the ideal Polynesian getaway paradise as you will find. Even though Moorea and Bora Bora in the Society Islands are two of the most popular tourist destinations in the Pacific, and attract the rich and famous from around the world, it remains a tropical haven. There is a selection of very high end, international hotel and resort accommodations to be found on many of the islands; for those who prefer the simpler and more authentic local experience, there are several types of accommodation which come under either fares (bungalows) or pensions (guest houses). Be aware that everything is very expensive in French Polynesia, including the simpler accommodations, restaurants, and even groceries.

There's a good selection of accommodation in Tahiti with plenty of large brand resorts (Hilton, Intercontinental, Sofitel, Le Meridien and Pearl all have resorts on Tahiti, Moorea and Bora with packages visiting all three) as well as more affordable and intimate guest houses, although at these, English may not be readily spoken.

Tahiti Holiday Inspirations

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Tahiti & Papeete

The main island of Tahiti offers stunning mountain scenery, good surfing beaches, the impressive Gauguin Museum and lively Papeete Town with its exuberant market. Also location of the Int'l airport.

Popular Tahiti Hotels
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Moorea Island

The lovely holiday island of Moorea lies off the coast from Tahiti airport and offers the best value resorts in French Polynesia along with beautiful coastal scenery, mountain walks and plenty of tours.

Popular Moorea Hotels
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Bora Bora

Bora Bora is famous the world over for its beauty. With jagged mountains tumbling into a turquoise lagoon, this is the place for a romantic holiday in Tahiti with plenty of overwater bungalows.

 

Popular Bora Bora Hotels
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Other Society Islands

Huahine, Raiatea, Tahaa and Maupiti all offer a more laid back holiday atmosphere with the Polynesian people going about their daily lives. Great scuba diving although beaches are only average.

Othert Society Islands
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Romantic Holidays

Romantic holidays in French Polynesia are hard to beat. For many, a honeymoon in Tahiti is a life-long dream with couples visiting to marvel at Bora Bora's beauty and stay in an over-water bungalow.

 

Resorts for Honeymoon
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Family Holidays

Despite being tagged as expensive, families can enjoy good value French Polynesian holidays on Moorea or Bora where resorts are extremely child friendly and the lagoons a great playground!

Hotels for Family Holidays

Off the Beaten Track Holiday Inspirations

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Tuamotu Islands

These massive atolls consist of tiny coral islands surrounding deep lagoons and are prime for scuba diving with sharks, rays and dolphins in abundance. Come here also to chill out with the locals.

 

Tuamotu Islands Hotels
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Marquesas Islands

The mysterious Marquesas are very remote tropical islands with a very traditional culture where full body tattooing is still widely practiced. This is an eco lovers paradise with great walks and historic sites.

Marquesas Islands Hotels

Tahiti Holiday Overview

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Known officially as French Polynesia, the Tahitian Islands is one of the most expensive holiday destinations to visit in the world. But this only heightens the exotic appeal to its most common visitor - the affluent romantic couple - and it is no surprise therefore that a Tahiti honeymoon is amongst the most desirable for couples from Australia, USA and Europe.

If this is your first time visiting Tahiti for a holiday, we recommend you use our Tahiti Holidays Planner. Here you'll find detailed travel information about all the different regions to visit, what to do on your holidays and where best to stay depending on your interests and budget.

If you're searching for the ideal place to stay at the right price, we have created a comprehensive Tahiti Hotels Directory highlighting our specials which have been hand created by our own travel specialists. The directory features both the popular large beach resort and hotels sold by most travel agents, as well as highlighting the smaller, lesser-known properties which include luxury villas, boutique self-catering bungalows and affordable holiday homes for families or couples looking to do their own thing.

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French Polynesia Tourist Information

The islands of French Polynesia, the largest and most well-known being Tahiti, are scattered over 2.5 million square kilometres in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, and have a total land area of more than 4,000 square kilometres. There are some 130 islands and atolls in French Polynesia, grouped into five archipelagos. The Society Islands is the most popular to visit on holiday and include Tahiti Island (for which the country is often called), Moorea and Bora Bora. More than 80 per cent of tourism is based between these three islands. The Tuamotu Group is a collection of massive coral atolls, Rangiroa being the second largest in the world. These low lying atolls with huge inner lagoons have fantastic scuba diving as well as being production centres for Tahitian Black Pearls. The Marquesas in the far north are dramatic volcanic islands with sheer cliffs and traditional villages but little tourism.

French Polynesia is a 7-hr flight from Australia and New Zealand, or a 6-hr flight from Los Angeles from which it receives direct flights connecting on to Europe, it's main holiday market.

The main airport is Faa'a International Airport, built on the lagoon about 5 km west of Papeete, near several major hotels. There are many places to hire a vehicle to find your way around the larger islands; on the smaller islands, which you can get to by boat or small plane, there is usually public transport of some sort, or places where you can hire a bicycle to see these tropic paradises up close and personal.