Black sand beaches. Mountain backdrop. Romance. Water Sports. Shopping. Spas. Fine Dining. True island living.
Created as the result of volcanic activity, Tahiti is the largest and highest island in French Polynesia. Known for its black sand beaches and striking mountainous landscape, Tahiti can be your honeymoon of serene relaxation or divine exploration. Rent a bungalow situated directly over the water and spend your week wrapped up in romance, or explore the waterfront and Le Marche in search of local treasures. Be sure to reserve a day for the coveted circle-island tour, a 71 mile route around the island!
Things To Do while in Tahiti:
- Snorkeling – Enjoy snorkeling in a beautiful site and dive down below the ocean’s surface in the warm current, where you can see schools of colorful fish nibbling on the coral reef. Watch hundreds of silvery needlefish asthey dart about in perfect sparkling unison.
- Scuba Diving – Tahiti has a variety of sites for all levels of divers and is a good place to get certified. There are a variety of dive sites in Tahiti, with subjects ranging from wrecks to sharks. The Aquarium is where one goes to feed fish by hand. Fish come in such abundance that it is sometimes difficult to see a few yards ahead.
- Catamaran Cruise – The popularity of bare boat charters in Tahiti has grown tremendously over the last five years. See the island from an entirely different angle. Literally.
- Mountain Safari by Quad – Crossing Tahiti via the Papenoo valley. The interior of the island can be crossed on a trail that follows the large valley, rich in archaeological sites and spectacular views of impressive waterfalls, river crossings, and pure mountain streams. You can also go over to Mount Marau for a half- or full-day trip in the luxurious tropical forest.
- Surfing – The north coast offers good surfing, where there are both beach breaks and reef breaks. The best time to surf is actually in the winter, where there are big waves caused from storms in Antarctica and New Zealand. The southern coast of the island has the most breaks, with the exception of the Papara waves. Some of the popular reef breaks are: Taapuna pass (PK 10), Paea (PK 14,5) , Papara ( PK 36).
- Deep Sea Fishing – Deep-sea fishing is a very popular recreational activity for visitors to French Polynesia. Game fish include marlin, yellow fin tuna, sailfish, swordfish, mahi mahi, barracuda and other pelagic fish.
- Hiking – Climbing Mount Aorai (2,066 m.) is a very pleasant walk and can be done without a guide. There are many professionals offering different levels of hikes and mountain climbing of 1-4 day circuits.
- Explore the Three Waterfalls of Fa’arumai – Leave the circle island road at PK 22 in Tiarei to reach these three waterfalls in the valley. The Viamahuta waterfall is 90 m. (295 ft.) high and is easily reached by walking across a bridge and following a well-defined path under a cool canopy of trees. The other two cascades require more effort and time. This is a “must” stop for most visitors to Tahiti and is worth the effort.
When to Go:
Tahiti’s peak season is during the summer months of June, July, and August, when the weather is dry. Temperatures average 75 degrees during the day. In June, the largest cultural festival in the country, Heiva i Tahiti, takes place in Papeete’s To’ata Square. Expect music, dance, arts, and other pageantry. Almost every weekend in summer brings a sporting event, be it world-class surfing, a sailing regatta, an Ironman competition, or outrigger canoe races. A favorite among islanders is the Tahiti Traditional Sports Championship in mid-June, when contestants climb coconut trees and lift heavy boulders.
September and October are delightful months on the island. The July and August crowds are gone, yet you still have the same dry weather. Be on the lookout for Mahana Pae, a traditional dance show performed at Place Vaiete in Papeete throughout the month of September. A number of handicraft shows that feature local artisans dot the town this time of year.
As the calendar hits November, the humidity rises and the rainy season begins, lasting through April. This being the tropics, the rain is usually a torrential downpour that moves out quickly, with sunshine returning again. Be aware that a cyclone might threaten the island in the months of January, February, and March.
How to Save Money on your Honeymoon:
Off Season:Pick a travel time to visit the French Polynesia islands when it is off season. For Tahiti bungalow rentals, consider traveling at another time besides in the months of June through October. June through October is the island’s high season for tourists and rentals of Tahiti bungalows. The weather generally is always beautiful on the islands.
See Different Parts of Tahiti: Save money on Tahiti bungalows by splitting your vacation stay up. Consider staying half of your time in Tahiti bungalows and the other half in a regular hotel. Tahiti bungalows average anywhere from $200 – $400 per person a night and are 30% more in cost than hotel rooms.
Plan Ahead: Schedule your stay in Tahiti bungalows at least 6 months in advance. You might be able to save costs by booking early. The more time that is closer to your travel departure, the more you will end up paying. Also, by scheduling to rent your Tahiti bungalows early, you will be able to request and receive better amenities such as asking for hut that has a glass floor for viewing oceanic wildlife, satellite television, and choosing a secluded hut that is on the end away from other tourists.
- Research, Research, Research: Research your options for staying in Tahiti bungalows. Different resorts, when you travel to Tahiti, offer different amenities such as a canoe breakfast. When you stay in The Manini Pearl Resort Tahiti bungalows, servers paddle your breakfast out to you. Luxurious baths in your Tahiti bungalows are included at Intercontinental Bora Bora Resort and Thalasso Spa. Some even offer private balconies off of the huts which may be cheaper than another resort.