Photographer Julien Gardot takes us through his personal quest to design and build traditional Tahitian Sailing Canoes. Yachting World's article shares the details of this excellent and worthwhile effort to recapture the spirit and heritage of Ancient Tahiti.
Have you been on the edge of your seat waiting for Cruising to come back? Look no further than Paul Gauguin to get your cruising fix in the paradise of French Polynesia. AFAR gives a great overview of the "something for everyone" Islands of Tahiti cruise.
Given discussions held between French Polynesian leaders and their French counterparts, Tourisme Tahiti expects current border closure, enacted on February 3, 2021, to be "very temporary". Eduoard Fritch, the President of French Polynesia, strenuously requested that the temporary closure of Tahiti be no more than three months in duration. Tahiti has seen much improvement in their COVID trends. However, leaders of France mandated the closure for all of its overseas territories due to fear of new COVID variants they were already seeing in Europe. French Polynesia's economy, and it people, depend on tourism. A closure of more than 2 or 3 months would be a devastating and avoidable mistake. Expectations are that the borders will be open for travel in April or May.
Pent up demand, vaccine rollouts and realigned priorities are resulting in luxury cruises booking up more than a year in advance. Interest in cruises, specifically luxury cruises, is heating up as travelers are ready to hit the open seas again. French Polynesia is always a favorite destination on high end itineraries and deservedly so. BusinessWorld explores this trend as ships are selling out more than 1 year in advance.
Holland America has unveiled its 2022 itineraries featuring the South Pacific. Both the 34 night, "South Pacific Crossing" and the 45 night, "Tales of the South Pacific" make stops in our favorite destination.
As of February 3, 2021, Tahiti's borders will be closed again, temporarily. We expect borders to open again after 2-3 months. French Polynesia has been welcoming back guests since July, 2020. As of February 3, 2021, their borders will be closed again, temporarily. Despite Tahiti's progress in combatting the COVID virus, other areas under French rule have not fared so well. As a precaution, the leaders of France have mandated that all French Territories close their borders for a two month period. This is due to concerns in France about new COVID variants and is not correlated to the progress made on the ground in Tahiti. In the months preceding this mandate, Tahiti was trending very positively with decline numbers of cases. The leaders of French Polynesia have been very clear that this closure should not last more than 2-3 months.
We have been watching the ELYT Charter Floating Villa/ Luxury Solar Powered Houseboat very closely as it has been developed. Deservedly so, it has made its way to Secret Manchester's list of 8 "Seriously Lavish" getaways and it hasn't even opened for business yet. It is set to anchor in the Bora Bora lagoon on August 1, 2021. Let us know if you'd like to make a pre-opening reservation. They are currently offering 30% off.
For some people a postcard or a Tahitian Black Pearl is enough. But, for others, and you know who you are, souvenirs have to be over the top. Well, this one lasts for ever (and it looks pretty cool). Our friends onboard The Aranui 5 have you covered.
Le Bora Bora's new solar powered boat is making a big splash. To experience this eco-friendly, sustainable water-craft, book some time at Le Bora Bora by Pearl Resorts. It's one of our favorites and a great value. Check out their current special offers if you need some convincing.
French Polynesia advances protocols and safety measures to lead to a July 15, 2020 reopening to tourism. This makes Tahiti one of the first countries to reopen to travelers. Forbes lays out the details.