French Polynesia

Planning a big trip is fun and exciting. But, with the world changing so fast, keeping up with news and recent developments can be time consuming. We are here to help!

We monitor the news releases and Tahiti related articles on a daily basis. Below you will find a curated collection of articles relevant to planning travel to French Polynesia, and related directly to the keyword above. Be sure to come back for regular updates as you plan your trip.

Venture Tahiti Quoted in Forbes on Tahiti's Safety

Venture Tahiti has been quoted in a recent Forbes Magazine article by Senior Contributor, Christopher Elliot. We have included an excerpt inside. "This Is How To Stay Safe When You Travel After The Pandemic"‍ - "A lot of people who want to stay safe while traveling during the coronavirus pandemic use other criteria to choose their destination — exciting, fun, or cheap. Mostly, cheap. That's a mistake, says Keith Smith, managing director of Venture Tahiti." A great way for travelers to stay safe as they begin traveling again is to be thoughtful and selective about their early destination choices," he told me. "I recommend traveling to destinations that have purpose-built health and safety protocols designed specifically for the resumption of incoming tourism." These protocols consider vaccinated or immune travelers and travelers complying with disciplined testing and entry requirements. If your intended destination has them, you can feel safer. Smith says places like Tahiti have been at the forefront of these purpose-built health and safety protocols, which allows visitors to not just feel safer, but to be safer."

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Tahiti Tourisme Infographic Clarifies Entry Protocols

New Entry Procedures for French Polynesia have raised many questions over the last week. To help clarify these new requirements, Tahiti Tourisme has released, and subsequently updated, an Infographic PDF. As this information is still being refined, we have linked to the source document on Tahiti Tourisme's website below. Please visit our COVID-19 Travel Resources page for more detailed information on the specific requirements and testing protocols. If you are a Venture Tahiti client and are unable to comply with the new protocols before your travel dates arrive, please contact your Tahiti Specialist to reschedule under our Book with Confidence policy.

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Venture Tahiti Releases COVID-19 Travel Guide

The Tahiti Travel Specialists at Venture Tahiti have recently introduced a comprehensive online guide providing resources for travel during the pandemic. In our COVID-19 Travel Resources, you will find a real-time COVID-19 travel update, answers to Frequently Asked Questions, new COVID-19 travel protocols introduced by the United States, French Polynesia and the airlines, and recent news articles related to international travel during the pandemic. You can also find suggestions on what to take with you as well as many health and safety protocols introduced by the hotels and resorts in Tahiti.

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French Polynesia Approves Antigen Test

The government of French Polynesia has just announced that they will accept a specific type of Antigen Test as an alternative to the RT-PCR test for entry into Tahiti. The RT-PCR test has been in place since July 2020. As mentioned in our French Polynesia COVID-19 Entry Protocols, the Antigen test must detect the "N" protein of the SARS-CoV-2 virus. This test should prove to be more widely available, be less expensive, and produce faster results.‍

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Tahiti Tourisme Answers Questions on New Travel Requirements

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New Entry Requirements Announced for May 1st Reopening

The new Entry Requirements have finally been announced for Tahiti's May 1st reopening. The cautious French Government, undoubtedly influenced by the level of infection in Europe, has announced that travel to French Polynesia can commence for fully vaccinated, or immunized, visitors from the United States only. Please visit our COVID-19 Travel Resources page for more detailed information on the specific requirements and testing protocols. The link below also provides more insight as published by the news site "Tahiti Infos". The content is in French, but Google Translate is available. If you are a Venture Tahiti client and are unable to comply with the new protocols before your travel dates arrive, please contact your Tahiti Specialist to reschedule under our Book with Confidence policy.

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Air Tahiti Nui Issues Updated COVID-19 Policies & Protocols

In response to the new regulations, requirements and entry protocols updated and clarified by the authorities in French Polynesia on April 22, 2021, Air Tahiti Nui has updated the guidance provided on their website. We have provided a helpful updated summary of Air Tahiti Nui's policies in our Tahiti Travel Tip called, "Air Tahiti Nui | COVID-19 Policies & Protocols". It is also found in our COVID-19 Travel Resources section. Air Tahiti Nui's source documents can be found through the link above or below.

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Tahiti Tourisme's Kristin Carlson | Reopening Q&A

An interview by Travel Pulse with Kristin Carlson, Managing Director of Tahiti Tourisme. Kristin provides timely answers on travel to Tahiti under the new Entry Protocols.

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United Airlines' Travel-Ready Center

United Airlines streamlines boarding process for its San Francisco to Tahiti flights by integrating the new Entry Requirements into their "Travel Ready Center". Click the link below to view the Travel Ready Center on UA's website. This does not eliminate the need to complete the Tahitian government's online forms. But, it does streamline things, add some peace of mind, and allow you to check-in from another domestic US airport.

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Tahiti Among Safest Countries to Visit in 2021

French Polynesia is listed by Travel Pulse as one of the safest countries to visit this summer. This is based on recent CDC travel recommendations. Tahiti reopened to US travelers in May and touts some of the lowest levels of COVID-19, globally. French Polynesia continues to lead the way in the global reopening efforts.‍

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The Brando's Holistic Approach to Wellness

Upon the reopening of the resort, Luxury Travel Magazine recognizes The Brando's "enhanced" dedication to Holistic Wellness. The new offerings of the Varua Te Ora Spa at The Brando are designed to "tap into the power of one’s physical and spiritual senses for a much-needed mind, body, and soul realignment".

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US State Department Reduces Tahiti's Risk Assessment to Lowest Level

The US State Department has validated the response to COVID-19 by the government of Tahiti by recently lowering the travel risk assessment for French Polynesia to "Level I - Exercise Normal Precautions". This is great news for US tourists and the people of French Polynesia. We applaud their continued efforts in leading the way back to safe travels.

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The Traditional Tahitian Sailing Canoe

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.

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The Brando recognized for its Eco-Friendly Initiatives

The Brando has been recognized as a hotel making waves with World's Ocean's Day Initiatives by Luxury Travel Magazine. The Brando, and its parent company Pacific Beachcomber, along with the Tetiaroa Society have long been champions of the environment. The Brando is one of the few truly luxurious resorts that is also eco-friendly.

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Mt. Otemanu 1 of 25 Natural Wonders of the World

Mt. Otemanu in Bora Bora is listed as one of the 25 Natural Wonders of the World that you can still visit by Reader's Digest.

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The Marquesas' Remote Nuka Hiva

CNN Travel gets off the beaten path with a trip to the beautiful and remote Marquesas. Nuka Hiva is the largest island in the Marquesas. The link below takes you to a nice overview of the destination. Our clients that have ventured that far have absolutely loved it.

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Paul Gauguin's Islands of Tahiti Cruise

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.

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Epic Itinerary by Tahiti Tourisme

Tahiti Tourisme teams up with AFAR Journeys once again for a custom designed itinerary featuring the "Big Three"...Tahiti, Moorea, and Bora Bora. This itinerary hits all the major sites and features 2 of our favorite resorts, the Sofitel Kia Ora Beach Resort and The St. Regis Bora Bora Resort. We are very glad they included a stop at the sumptuous Villa Mahana as well!

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Experience Tahiti's Wild Side!

Volcanos, waterfalls, hiking trails and amazing nature guides - The Wild Side of Tahiti has them all. Forbes dives into a conversation with a Tahitian tour guide...

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Amazing Beauty Products from Tahiti

Manoi oil is one of the most precious products made in our beloved French Polynesia. Our friends at Pearl Resorts have taken Manoi oil to a new level with their island-theme scents. Bring some back home with you and you can always been taken away (at least mentally) to that special place in the South Pacific.

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World's Best Places to Visit 2021-22 | US News

US News recently released its annual "Best Vacation Destinations". We are pleased to see Bora Bora as number 3 and Tahiti as number 4 in the Top 5 World's Best Places to Visit! Press release is linked below. For the full rankings, visit the following: https://travel.usnews.com/rankings/worlds-best-vacations/.

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The Brando | Top 10 Most Exclusive Private Island Resorts

The Brando continues to rack up accolades. The luxury resort was listed as number 4 in Luxury Travel Expert's Top 10 Most Exclusive Private Island Resorts in the World. Click below for the full list.

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St. Regis Unveils New Reopening Offers

The St. Regis Bora Bora Resort unveiled two new Special Offers to celebrate the reopening of Tahiti - "The Ultimate Bora Bora Reset" starting at $19,500 USD per night, and the "Work From Bora Bora" special.‍

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Most Beautiful Beaches in the World | Bora Bora's Matira Beach

Once again Matira Beach in Bora Bora is recognized as one of the Top 25 Beaches in the World! One of our favorites as well and very convenient to the InterContinental Bora Bora Le Moana Resort.

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Come Work From Paradise | Extended Stays

Travel + Leisure agree that a workcation should be in your future. This article features the many resorts offering extended stay specials right now in Tahiti. Check out the article, then give us a call to help you set up your office in paradise.

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Slow Travel the Tahiti Way

AFAR Journeys features another original Tahiti Tourisme itinerary with a 14 day immersion into Huahine and Moorea. If you are looking for a more authentic glimpse into slow, island life, this itinerary could take you there.

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Tahiti Itinerary for the Adventurous Solo Traveler | AFAR

Are you looking for some "alone time"? AFAR featured an adventurous itinerary for the solo traveler designed by Tahiti Tourisme. If you are going solo, give it a look. It features stops on the islands of Taha'a, Raiatea, Moorea, and Tahiti.

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The Brando Host to High Profile Visitors

Marlon Brando, Leonardo DiCaprio, Kim Kardashian, Ancient Tahitian Kings... they've all considered Tetiaroa a home away from home at one time or another.

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Need To Get Out? Take a Workcation!

Get ready to hear more about this topic, The Workcation. Millions of Americans are getting a little tired of working from home. For a change of scenery, many hotels in French Polynesia are offering extended stay discounts and making setting up a remote office in the islands, easier than ever before.

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Bora Bora and Moorea in World's Most Romantic Islands | T+L

Need a little romance in your life? Bora Bora and Moorea make Travel + Leisure's Top 25 List for the Most Romantic Islands in the World. Grab you significant other and head over for some much needed R&R (Romance and Relaxation).

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Bora Bora | Top 5 Luxury Honeymoons 2021

Getting married in the fall? September is the perfect time for a honeymoon. According to Upscale Living, Bora Bora is one of the Top 5 Destinations for a September Honeymoon. Take a look at a few of our recommended Honeymoon packages for some inspiration.

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Tetiaroa's History Explored by Atlas Obscura

Atlas Obscura dives in to the wonder, history and culture of one of our favorite atolls/ islands, Tetiaroa.

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Airlines Ramp Up US-Tahiti Flights

French Polynesia is open once again and the planes are lining up on the taxi way to get you there. An increasing number of flights are coming online as the opening ramps up. Click below for the full article by Travel Weekly. For more information on flights offered by Air Tahiti Nui, United Airlines, French Bee, and Air France, see our Tahiti Travel Tips article called, "How to Get There | Flights to Bora Bora and Tahiti".

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The Biggest Mistake Travelers Make...

The world is slowly reopening and travel is coming back...but, the new COVID-19 rules and protocols can get confusing. According to Travel Pulse, the biggest mistake travelers are making right now is not consulting with a Travel Specialist or Advisor. ‍At Venture Tahiti, we work with clients in many different ways...

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Bora Bora Makes Exclusive "Points Friendly" Honeymoon List

We often have clients use points or miles to book part of their stay or their international flights. Bora Bora remains on the list of one of the most exclusive destinations where this is possible.

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Tahiti Reconfirms "Gradual" Reopening

A press conference was held by the President of French Polynesia, Edouard Fritch, and the High Commissioner of the Republic in French Polynesia to reconfirm that The Islands of Tahiti are still on track to resume tourism on May 1st.Tahiti will only allow tourists from the United States for now as France and other European countries are currently exhibiting "High Epidemic Risk." Tahiti Tourisme has not released the new Entry Protocols, yet. But, they are said to be released very soon. There is an indication that vaccinations and/or immunizations will be taken into account in the new procedures. Stay tuned and we will provide an update as soon as more details are released.

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Venture Tahiti Featured in Travel Age West

During the recent, temporary border closure, Venture Tahiti was featured in TravelAge West's article on the impact of COVID-19 on Tahiti tourism.

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Tahiti Confirms May 1st Reopening!

The President of French Polynesia has announced that Tahiti will reopen on May 1st. After discussions with Emmanuel Macron, President of France, the table is set to reopen based on new Entry Protocols that are forthcoming. "We are going to put in place a protocol at the entry of our borders using virological testing, serological testing, vaccine and ETIS (Electronic Travel Information System). We will explain this protocol in detail with the High Commissioner in the coming days”. - Edouard Fritch, President of French Polynesia

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Now is the Time to Get a Deal on Tahiti

You may not be ready to travel, but you should be ready to book your future trip to take advantage of the current special offers in the marketplace. Bloomberg travel writer explores destinations exhibiting extraordinary value, including Bora Bora.

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Macron Open to May 1st Tahiti Reopening

On Wednesday, April 7, 2021, after meetings with the President of France, Emmanuel Macron, the President of Tahiti has announced that Macron does indeed approve of Tahiti reopening its borders on May 1, 2021. Macron is satisfied with how French Polynesia has managed the COVID-19 crisis. More details on Entry Protocols to follow.

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Tahiti Expects a May 1st Reopening

Tahiti Tourisme's CEO, Jean-Marc Mocellin issued a statement that borders will remain closed through April, but with the intent to reopen to tourism on May 1st. Tahiti continues its positive trends of reducing COVID-19 numbers within its borders and looks forward to welcoming back tourism very soon.

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Private Travel Becoming More Accessible

You don't have to be independently wealthy and buy out a private island resort to experience "private travel". Now more than ever, private travel moments are becoming more accessible and more popular among travelers. From airport lounge access to private tours to private airport transfers, the luxury of private travel is within reach. Feel free to ask your Venture Tahiti Specialist about ways to enhance your trip with more private experiences that won't break the bank.

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Tahiti's Closure Expected To Be Temporary

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.

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5 Epic Dream Trips - Relax in an Overwater Bungalow

We wouldn't be in this business if we didn't enjoy helping dreams come true. Travel + Leisure features staying in an overwater bungalow in Bora Bora (specifically, The St. Regis Bora Bora Resort) as one of their top 5 bucket list dream trips. Your dreams can come true and we'd be glad to help.

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Bora Bora in Best Honeymoon Ideas List

Bora Bora is consistently regarded as one of the top Honeymoon destinations in the world. Salon Prive Magazine includes Bora Bora at the top of their list of 11 destinations.

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"Revenge Travel"... It's a Thing...

Millions of Americans plan to get revenge on this horrible pandemic by taking amazing trips and getting back to enjoying life over the next few years. Bora Bora is among the top 10 destinations trending for the first post-pandemic trip.

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Bora Bora via the Four Seasons “Round-the-World” Trip

If you can part with $340,000, visit Bora Bora in style on Four Season’s new jet. Just one stop on their around-the-world package. Simple Flying explores the Four Season’s new A321LR private aircraft. If you can afford it, why not travel in style. The Four Season’s “Round-the-World” package is $170,000 per person (at least one of their available itineraries), but it includes stops at 10 of the most epic destinations on earth. Not to mention the new plane offers all the creature comforts you will need along the way, while you hop from Four Seasons to Four Seasons over the course of 24 days.‍

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Air Tahiti Nui's Guidance on Temporary Border Closure

For the latest from Air Tahiti Nui on the recent February 3, 2021 border closure and how it may affect your travel plans, please see the link inside. With the recent suspension of leisure travel, Air Tahiti Nui has a dedicated web page to provide travelers with the latest information. From conditions of entry to rebooking options, you will find everything you need to know related to flights scheduled for February or March.

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Taking Your Private Jet to Tahiti? This is for You!

Airgo Design has a new interior configuration for those long-haul flights to Tahiti. Lay-flat seats, in-flight entertainment, coolers, and more. If you are prepping your Private Jet for a long-haul flight to French Polynesia, you might want to upgrade your interior with this new configuration. Every seat on board converts to a lay-flat bed. You will definitely arrive well restedand ready to enjoy Bora Bora!‍

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Forbes List - Most Romantic Places to Propose

No surprises here. Bora Bora listed as one of the Most Romantic Places to Propose by Forbes. We agree, of course. From Ireland to Greece to Morocco and Monte Carlo, Bora Bora is in good company on Forbes list of Most Romantic Places to Propose. There were a few interesting surprises on the list as well.

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Four Seasons Named "Best for an Epic Stay" by AFAR

Four Seasons Bora Bora claims the award for "Best for an Epic Stay" for the fourth year running in AFAR's annual Traveler's Awards. Winning 4 years in a row has inspired Four Seasons Bora Bora Resort's Get a 4th Night Free package. Feel free to contact a Venture Tahiti Specialist for a quote on an Epic package for one of our favorite resorts.

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Bora Bora Cruises Selling Out 1yr Prior

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.

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Four Seasons Partners With WiseOceans

Four Seasons Bora Bora guests will benefit from the resort's recent partnership with WiseOceans, a marine conservation company. Together they have created a unique Marine Discovery Program to delight and educate guest. It features a resident Marine Biologist to oversee research as well as provide bespoke interactive experiences in the Resort's Lagoon Sanctuary.

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The Brando & Tetiaroa Society Research Benefits

Collaborative conservation efforts to restore the South Pacific atoll of Palmyra by The Nature Conservancy, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and Island Conservation will also benefit efforts by our friends at The Brando and the Tetiaroa Society.

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Holland America To Cruise to Bora Bora

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.

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Coral Coming Back - Half a Trillion Strong

To the delight of divers, snorkelers and nature lovers around the world, a first ever "census" count of all the coral in the Pacific Ocean has pleasantly surprised researchers that global extinction risk of certain types of corals is much lower than expected. There are roughly 500 billion corals in the pacific - roughly equal to the number of trees in the Amazon.

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Tahiti's President Stresses Short Closure

The President of Tahiti suggests this latest border closure should only last 2-3 months. Tahiti has seen much improvement in their COVID trends and has implemented excellent protocols and standards for tourism during the pandemic. With this latest border closure being mandated for all French Territories, the President of Tahiti is stressing the importance of keeping this closure to no more than 2-3 months. Tahiti depends on tourism to survive. A closure longer in duration than 2-3 months would have a devastating effect on the nation's economy and citizens. Expectations are that the borders will be open for travel in April or early May.‍

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Air Tahiti Nui Wins "Cellars in the Sky" Gold Medal

Business Traveller magazine's "Cellars in the Sky" has been ranking the best wine selections among airlines for 35 years. Air Tahiti Nui has been awarded the prestigious "Cellars in the Sky" gold medal by Business Traveller. The airline's selection of Grosset Springvale Riesling 2018, Clare Valley, Australia won the Best Business Class White Wine. Business Traveller magazine's "Cellars in the Sky" has been ranking the best wine selections among airlines for 35 years. Click the link below to see the other winners.

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Bora Bora Tops List of Most Popular Dream Destinations

Bora Bora is the most popular destination that American's are dreaming about, researching, and planning travel to, during the pandemic. Throughout the crisis, Americans have been longing to return to travel. Recent research by KOALA has used web searches and internet traffic to confirm that American's are indeed planning their next trips already. The top spot among the destinations that American's are dreaming about, researching, and planning travel to is Bora Bora!

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Eloping in Tahiti During the Pandemic

It breaks our hearts that so many of our clients have had to postpone their weddings during the pandemic. Our friend and industry colleague, Renata West, decided he would make the most of the situation and get married in Tahiti. Congratulations to him for his recent wedding in Tahiti and featured article in Brides! Details of their Destination Wedding can be found in the link below. Perhaps this can be an inspiration to the many couples whose dreams have been put on hold during the pandemic. A dream wedding can still happen by eloping to Tahiti. Please contact a Venture Tahiti Specialist if you would like to discuss how to make this happen for you!

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France Mandates Closure Despite COVID Progress

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.‍

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The Brando | Spectacular Hotel with Private Airstrip

Each of these luxury hideaways is equipped to handle the jet-setting elite with their own private airport. Congrats to The Brando for making the list. The Telegraph dives in to a list of the most sumptuous and luxurious resorts in the world narrowing the front-runners down to just eight. Each of these luxury hideaways is equipped to handle the jet-setting elite with their own private airport. If you are in between jets at the moment, never fear. The Brando will pick you up at the main airport in Tahiti in one of their private planes. As always, we believe The Brando deserves every accolade it gets. Please contact a Venture Tahiti Specialist if you would like to arrange a visit to this exclusive paradise.

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Brilliant Underwater Photo of Tahiti Wins Contest

The annual Underwater Photographer of the Year competition, based in Great Britain, has chosen an image taken in August 2020 off the coast of Moorea! Winning photographer, American Renee Capozzola, captured shark's at sunset from underwater. The photo named "Shark's Skylight" is an excellent tribute to these special residents of French Polynesia. Hats off to Renee for her excellent work. We hope you enjoy it as much as we did. "In French Polynesia there is strong legal protection for sharks, allowing them to thrive and balance the marine ecosystem." - Renee Capozzola‍

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Tahiti & Bora Bora | Safest Destinations in 2021

We are not surprised. Are you? French Polynesia has earned a spot on the list of "safest destinations" to travel during the pandemic. Tahiti and Bora Bora should be on your list of safe destinations to travel to. Their track record for handling COVID-19 and implementing necessary safety protocols for tourists has put them at the top of the list of the safest destinations in the world. Let us know if you'd like to plan a trip to paradise.

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French Bee | Now Seats 488!

French Bee’s no-frills, discounted fares have been a crowd pleaser for a few years now. They are becoming even more efficient with their new Airbus. Now, French Bee has brought more capacity and cheaper fares along the California to Tahiti routes. While we have always been focused on luxury travel to Tahiti, French Bee's Premium Economy has a comfortable cabin, more amenities and does represent a good value. The coach class remains the choice for the die hard frugal travelers who are not dismayed by fewer amenities on an overnight flight. The airline has stepped up their efficiency even more with their latest Airbus A350-1000 aircraft. It now boasts the most efficient passenger plane in operation in terms of "per seat operating costs" with 488 seats (40 of which are premium economy). If you are looking for a great fare and don't mind sharing space with almost 500 other people, look no further. One Mile at a Time explores this new aircraft in more detail in the linked article. As for our team at Venture Tahiti, our recommendation to upgrade to the Premium Economy seats on French Bee remains intact. In this class, you'll find more comfort at a great value.

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The Brando - A Perspective by Outside Online

Excellent deep dive into the history and vision behind one of our favorite places to stay, The Brando as well as the Tetiaroa Society. If you are headed to The Brando or just interested in this luxurious hideaway for the rich and famous, as well as one of the best examples of responsible luxury in the world, it's worth a read. Courtesy of the staff at Outside Magazine.

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Bora Bora One Private Retreat's Fresh Renovation

Are you looking for a luxury Private Estate rental in Bora Bora? The newly refurbished Bora Bora One might be exactly what you need. Five Star Private Estate rentals are few and far between in Tahiti. If you are interested in a private estate, check out the newly refurbished Bora Bora One. If it is booked for your dates of travel, there are still options. The Four Seasons Bora Bora and the St. Regis Bora Bora have their own private estates to offer, too. Of course, the new Residence Teremoana at The Brando is a great option as well. Ask a Venture Tahiti Specialist on the best locations for the ultimate in luxury and privacy. We would be glad to help.

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Poetic Tribute to Le Taha'a

"A cocoon where simplicity is luxury and kindness a way of life." - Nice tribute written by a guest of Le Taha'a. We think it captures the essence of the resort. We hope you enjoy it as well.

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InterContinental Resort & Spa Moorea’ Closes for Good

COVID-19 has taken down its share of businesses and hotels worldwide. Unfortunately, the InterContinental Resort & Spa Moorea is on the list and has closed permanently. Thank you for the memories InterConti Moorea. We will miss you.

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The Brando | Conde Nast's Most Romantic

Lucky number 21... There are plenty of Top 25 lists and Top 10 lists, Conde Nast Traveler has introduced "The 21 Most Romantic Places to Stay in the World" and The Brando made the cut!

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France Announces Closure of All French Territories

As of February 3, 2021, French Polynesia will once again close its borders to temporary. This is a mandate passed down from France and is not indicative of the positive trends that Tahiti has been showing with regard to COVID-19. All French Territories must comply. We have been told this is a very temporary measure and expect borders to reopen by May 1st, if not sooner.

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Four Seasons Bora Bora | "Extended Stay" Offers

Got the lockdown blues? Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora has announced a nice array of benefits for guests who stay a while. New tiers of benefits are reached with stays of 10, 20 and 30+ nights. We'll take the 30 night plan, please!

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The Brando featured on BBC's Amazing Hotels Series

Want a behind the scenes look at one of our favorite resorts? The Brando is featured in the BBC's "Amazing Hotels: Life Beyond the Lobby".

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ELYT Charter's Floating Villa

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.

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US | COVID-19 Testing Requirements

Leave it to The Points Guy to give a nice synopsis of the new COVID-19 testing requirements prior to returning to the US. Never fear, the government of Tahiti, Tahiti Tourisme, and Air Tahiti Nui have already taken steps to make this very easy on its American visitors as well.

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Get a Polynesian Tattoo While You Cruise

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.

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Bora Bora's Matira Beach Makes Conde Nast's Top 25 Island Beaches

It wouldn't be the 25 Best Island Beaches in the World without Matira Beach in Bora Bora. Conde Nast Traveler gets it right again. What a great beach!

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St. Regis Bora Bora | Forbes Outstanding Villas

The travel writers at Forbes have put together a true bucket list of Outrageous Villas that you must visit when you are able to travel again. The St. Regis Bora Bora Resort's exclusive "Royal Estate" made this very special list of only 6 properties. The full article is available through the link.

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COVID by the Numbers | Tahiti Tourisme

For current COVID-19 statistics in French Polynesia, including new cases and trends, check back with this link from time to time. Tahiti Tourisme updates it weekly.

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Tahiti | COVID-19 Travel Guidance

Our Tahiti Specialists have summarized relevant information from this link in our Tahiti | COVID-19 Entry Requirements post in our COVID-19 Travel Resources section of this site. For additional information, including travel advisories for French Polynesia, COVID-19 travel restrictions for Bora Bora and the Islands of Tahiti, and entry and stay protocols for the islands, please visit the link below. This link is updated regularly by Tahiti Tourisme and Venture Tahiti has segmented these topics into helpful articles on our COVID-19 Travel Resources page.

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First Hand Report on Travel to Tahiti During the Pandemic

In November of 2020, Travel + Leisure put out a nice article titled, "What It's Like to Travel to Bora Bora During the Pandemic, According to an American Who Went". For those of you wondering what the experience may be like with social distancing and new protocols in place, this is a nice piece to read. Please keep in mind this was prior to the new Entry Requirements that will go into effect on May 1, 2021.

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Summary of Travel Insurance Policies

Conde Nast Traveler put out a nice piece, albeit "Pre-COVID", called "The 12 Best Travel Insurance Policies and Why You Need Them". We think the common themes in the article still ring true and all travelers should be well-versed on Travel Insurance. In our Tahiti Travel Tips piece called, "Should I Buy Travel Insurance", we recommend using Yonder Travel Insurance to compare and price major travel insurance policies that best fit your individual needs. It is a great tool and available through this link. Yonder also gives back to the global community. With every travel insurance policy sold, they donate a week of meals to vulnerable children in need in Nepal and Southeast Asia.

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Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora Unveils New Enhancements to Beachfront Villa Estates

We are huge fans of the Four Seasons Bora Bora's recent makeover, especially its enhanced Beachfront Villa Estates. Hospitality.net gives an update on the recent renovation. You can also read a detailed overview and recommendations in our Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora page in our "Best Hotels and Resorts" section of this website.

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BRIDES List of the Top 10 Tahiti and Fiji Honeymoon Resorts

BRIDES magazine has published a Top Ten List of the Best Fiji and Tahiti Honeymoon Resorts. We think their Tahiti recommendations are spot on for the most part. Please visit our lists of, "The Best Overwater Bungalows in Bora Bora" and "The Best Overwater Bungalows in Tahiti", found in our Tahiti Travel Tips section for similar analysis and recommendations. You can see our full list of favorite resorts in Bora Bora and the Islands of Tahiti in our Tahiti & Bora Bora Hotels and Resorts section. If you are interested in learning more about the Fiji resorts mentioned or our view of the top hotels and resorts in The Fiji Islands, visit our sister site, Venture Fiji.

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New Hotels Planned in Tahiti, Including another 5 Star Resort on Taha'a

It has been a while since French Polynesia had a brand new hotel constructed. At the moment, three are in the works on the main Island of Tahiti, Bora Bora and a new 5 Star property on Taha'a expected to be completed in 2026. We can't wait.

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Honeymoon in Tahiti - The Perfect Place to Practice Social Distancing

My New Orleans published a nice article featuring a recent honeymoon stay at Le Tikehau and Le Bora Bora sister properties owned by our friends at Pearl Resorts of Tahiti. We agree, French Polynesia is the BEST place to practice social distancing.

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The Brando Included in Departures List of Best Private Island Resorts

Departures Magazine recently published an article featuring one of our favorite resorts, The Brando. Please see the link above or below for Departures' article titled, "13 of the World’s Best Private Island Resorts Perfect for a Secluded Getaway". You can read more about The Brando on our Tetiaroa Island page and our dedicated overview of The Brando.

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Bora Bora & Tahiti are 2 of the Top 7 Honeymoon Destinations

CEO World has put together a list of "The Best Honeymoon Destinations From Around The World". Guess where two out of the seven are located?

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Le Meridien Bora Bora Announces 18-24 Month Closure

Le Meridien Bora Bora announced they will be closing for a significant refurbishment project expected to take 18-24 months. While we are sad we won't get to share this wonderful property with clients in the meantime, we can't wait to see the finished product. For more information on Le Meridien, including why we like it so much, visit our dedicated Le Meridien Bora Bora page.

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Fakarava Among Best 30 Beaches in the World

Leave it to Conde Nast to put together a list of "The 30 Best Beaches In The World". We are proud to see Fakarava on the list featuring its white and pink sand beaches. Fakarava is a short flight from the main island of Tahiti if you are thinking of putting together your own list. See the list of our favorite islands on our Islands of Tahiti page.

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Le Bora Bora's Solar-Powered Boat Featured in Business Insider

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.

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Air Tahiti Nui | Covid-19 Rebooking Terms

Was your Air Tahiti Nui flight cancelled due to COVID-19? Please click the link below for Air Tahiti Nui's COVID-19 Flight and Rebooking Information. Also visit our COVID-19 Travel Resources page for helpful articles as well.

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St. Regis Bora Bora in Top 5 Marriott's

Need another reason to visit The St. Regis Bora Bora? If you're a Marriott loyalist, The St. Regis Bora Bora Resort has made the list of the "Five best Marriot resorts in beachside locations".

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The Brando in Forbes 5 Star Travel Guide

Forbes Travel Guide has recently added both The Brando and The St. Regis Bora Bora Resort to its exclusive 5 Star Hotel List. Need we say more?

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You Should Book Tahiti a Year in Advance

Ok, we like The Points Guy. They have some excellent writers and usually throw some nice compliments out to Bora Bora and The Islands of Tahiti. In this recent piece, they include French Polynesia as one of the six locations that you really need to book at least a year in advance. We agree. The sooner the better when it comes to a Bora Bora vacation or Tahiti Honeymoon.

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Top 5 Resorts in South Pacific - Who Made the List?

Travel + Lesiure has published their view of the Top 5 Resort Hotels in the South Pacific. We are not surprised that four of them are found in French Polynesia. Our list would be a bit different, but we do like each of the resorts in Tahiti that they have chosen. Visit our article on "The Best Overwater Bungalows in Bora Bora" and "The Best Overwater Bungalows in Tahiti" for a recent ranking by our Award-Winning Tahiti Specialists.‍

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Bora Bora - Jewel of the South Seas

After a recent visit, Living Magazine published a nice tribute to Bora Bora, "Jewel of the South Seas".

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Travel Channel's Quick Take on Bora Bora

The Travel Channel has put together a short little article on Bora Bora.

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Islands of Tahiti Named Best Destination

The exotic Islands of Tahiti have won Travel Pulse's Travvy Award for the "Best Destination Overall" for 2020. We are not surprised. Once you visit, you will agree!

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