Located in the Pacific Ocean about halfway between California and Australia, the Islands of Tahiti are a truly magical destination for any occasion. Just the mention of “Tahiti” evokes visions of an idyllic tropical paradise with stunning beaches, crystal clear lagoon waters and a welcoming local culture. You will find a wide array of luxury resort accommodations, culinary delights, spa services, land & water-based activities and much more to satisfy all of your vacation desires. These islands are the place where your dreams of paradise can become a reality!
French Polynesia consists of 118 islands that are primarily divided into five main island groups
Below please find a list of our favorite islands in French Polynesia. Our team visits the area frequently and we are happy to provide our unique insight into the resorts, excursions, restaurants, spas and more. We can certainly help you customize your perfect itinerary that visits as many of these as you like!
Bora Bora has been described as the center of the romantic universe. It is love at first sight! Author James Michener once wrote that Bora Bora is “the most beautiful island in the world.” A 50-minute flight from Tahiti or Moorea, Bora Bora’s lagoon resembles an artist’s palette of bright blues and greens. Luxurious resorts & spas on private islands surround the main island with the towering Mt. Otemanu overseeing all.
Bora Bora is an excellent island to experience one of the overwater bungalows that the region is famous for. You will find many unique overwater options on Bora Bora, thatched-roof villas that create the fabled ambiance of a Polynesian getaway.
Located just across the “Sea Of Moons” from Tahiti, Moorea rises out of the ocean like a cathedral. You’ll find high, sharp green mountain peaks crowned by clouds. Waterfalls tumbling down fern-softened cliffs. Peaceful meadows flanked by pinnacles of emerald green will renew your belief in the majesty of nature. Moorea tends to be a more active island than Bora Bora and others. It is a great place to immerse yourself in local culture and meet the people. Moorea offers a terrific selection of resorts as well as many land-based and water-based activities. We highly recommend a stop at The Belvedere – it is amazing to see Moorea’s volcanic peaks reflected in the crystal waters of Cook’s bay and Opunohu bay.
If you are combining Moorea with Bora Bora, you may want to start your trip in a beach bungalow or a garden bungalow with pool and then save the overwater bungalow experience for Bora Bora.
Taha’a will whisk you away into the traditional, tranquil life of the Tahitian people. The flower-shaped main island is surrounded by tiny motu islands with white-sand beaches. Vanilla-scented air flows down the hillsides courtesy of the island’s many vanilla farms. Taha’a is a great place to truly escape! Your stay will be more about spending time at your resort and getting away to relax. There are some excursions available, however your time would generally be more focused at the resort.
Tahiti is the largest and most well-known of the 118 islands that make up French Polynesia. Papeete is its largest population center and the nation’s capital. It is home to some great resorts, unique restaurants, vibrant markets, pearl shops, and museums. The mountainous interior of Tahiti is adorned with mystical valleys, clear streams, and high waterfalls. Most of the island’s population resides near the shore, leaving the interior of the island feeling almost untouched and ancient, despite such proximity to the bustling capital of Papeete.
Many of our clients do not spend time on the main island of Tahiti unless their flight schedule requires it. Tahiti is where most people live and is much busier than the other islands. Downtown Papeete is an especially busy port city and has more of an urban feel to it. There are plenty of activities on Tahiti, but most of our clients are looking for a quieter, more laid-back island with pristine beaches and lagoon water which is why they connect directly on to Moorea or Bora Bora. If you decide to visit Tahiti I would suggest a two-night stay in order to have sufficient time to see the main sights.
The enchanting island of Huahine offers lush forests, untamed landscape, and quaint villages. It is one of Tahiti’s best-kept secrets – a place to enjoy a more traditional Polynesian way of life. A deep, crystal-clear lagoon surrounds the two islands that comprise Huahine, with magnificent bays and white-sand beaches adding to the tropical experience. Relatively unchanged by the modern world, Huahine offers the slower, more tranquil pace of old Polynesia. While not a luxurious as Bora Bora or Tahaa, Huahine is a good spot if you want a more authentic Polynesian experience.
Huahine is a great place to rent a car for a day and explore on your own. Stop at the grocery store in Fare and grab a few items for a picnic, then head south down the island. This island features a Belvedere point with amazing views, gorgeous beaches that are perfect for a picnic, several maraes (remnants of temples that once stood with stone floors and wooden pyramids) and more!
Rangiroa is one of the world’s greatest destinations for scuba diving! It is the largest atoll in the Tuamotu Archipelago and the second largest in the world. When on the water, you can find manta rays, dolphins, sharks and even whales in certain seasons. Back on land, you can find black pearl farms, coral churches, craft centers, local restaurants along with a few tiny shops operated by locals. There is even a local winery nestled within a coconut grove!
The peaceful atoll island of Tikehau lies about 200 miles northeast of Tahiti. Known for its pink-sand beaches shimmering around the lagoon, it almost too breathtaking to be true! An amazing place for diving, the underwater scenery is among some of the most spectacular you could ever see. Only about 500 Tahitians call Tikehau home, many of whom are fishermen whose lives revolve around the sea. Tikehau offers a life of both peace and plenty.
Tetiaroa is treasured among the Tahitian people as a sacred place. At one time, this uninhabited atoll with its white sand beaches and crystalline lagoon was an exclusive getaway for Tahitian royalty. Later, actor Marlon Brando fell under its spell while filming “Mutiny on the Bounty” and went on to become its owner. The island is a haven for birds, sea turtles and all kinds of marine life.
Marlon Brando’s private retreat is now home to one of the top resorts in the world – the magnificent Brando Resort. The benchmark in luxury, this all-inclusive resort is becoming widely known for its incredible surroundings and service. Our clients returning from the Brando rave about their experience and many start to plan a return trip right away!