I was lucky enough to sit down with Terry Smythe of Journese/Pleasant Holidays to chat about her last trip to Tahiti. What a joy to watch her eyes light up as she reminisced about her Tahitian experience.
Below is just a snippet of Terry’s best tips for Tahiti travel.
Tip #1: Island hop
Don’t plan to stay on just one island. Each island is different and you’ll want to experience this. Look at your “must do” activities to determine your length of stay on each island.
Bora Bora is popular for romantics. Turtle lovers will love a stay at Le Meridian Bora Bora for their turtle sanctuary.
Moorea, a popular choice, is known for its laid-back vibe and stunning beauty.
Divers should visit Rangiroa, considered by many to be one of the world’s top dive sites.
Tip #2: Plan experiences
In Papeete, visit Le Marche, the public market. Shop for yummy fruit. Admire the beautiful flowers for sale. Watch the fisherman with fresh fish from their boats. Pick up local crafts made by Tahitian artisans. The pareos, or sarongs, are popular for souvenirs.
Explore the beauty of Bora Bora with a 4X4 Jeep tour. Jet Ski around the island. Do the shark and stingray adventure – Terry’s top pick for most unique Tahitian experience.
Getting to Moorea is an experience in itself on the high speed catamaran. Hike the rainforest trails there. Explore local villages and shop for “Made in Moorea” goodies.
On Taha’a, rent a bike and explore. Have a motu picnic. Visit a vanilla plantation.
A complete spa day works too.
Whatever you decide, explore, see, experience. Do it all.
Tip #3: Splurge for an overwater bungalow
Sleeping in an overwater bungalow in Tahiti is a no-brainer. How often do you have the opportunity to spend the night in a room with tropical fish swimming right below?
Breakfast delivered by canoe? Yes, please!
The overwater bungalows at Le Taha’a island resort are GORGEOUS!
If your budget is maxed out, stay in an overwater bungalow for a few nights of your trip and choose different lodging for the rest of your stay. The trip will still be fantastic.
Tip #4: Get to know the Tahitian people
Really do this. Meet people different from you. Tahitians are going to be some of the nicest people you’ll ever meet. Experiencing different cultures is what hooked me on travel in the first place. I imagine it’s what mesmerizes you too.
Tahiti is exotic but it’s not as far as you think.
It’s 8 hours from LA. That’s not that far.
Fly on Air Tahiti Nui and your vacation essentially begins in Los Angeles. To read more about that, click here.
Have you been to Tahiti? What are your best tips? We’d love to hear!
A huge amount of gratitude goes to Terry Smythe from Journese/Pleasant Holidays for her assistance with this post.
Photos Courtesy of http//www.TahitiTourism.com