Dreaming of Tahiti…

You on your pristine white ship, sails billowing, and these islands, so impossibly colorful, like a box of crayons gone mad. You feel at-home among Tahiti’s deserted motus and shallow lagoons as a tiare flower, and just as beautiful, furled or unfurled. Bliss knows no bounds. The sand massages your feet, warm water welcomes you like an old friend, ambition falls away as you watch the sun etch palm fronds on the beach. This is a place that is easy to love, difficult to leave, as so many before you have discovered. You must experience Bora Bora, Moorea, Fakarava, and other exotic Tahiti destinations you only dream about.

The volcanic island of Tahiti, the largest of the 118 islands that make up the archipelago of French Polynesia, is the perfect destination to enjoy a relaxing vacation. Travel to Tahiti if you want a getaway chock-full of balmy weather, pristine beaches, and laid-back, tropical living. The island, which is shaped like a turtle, is ringed with beautiful black beaches surrounded by clear, tranquil waters ideal for a wide range of nautical activities. If you enjoy surfing, scuba diving, snorkeling and water sports, a visit to Tahiti is in order.

It might be the intense blue of a bewitchingly tranquil lagoon, or a night sky filled with South Pacific stars. Maybe a silhouette of volcanic peaks dramatically lit by a tangerine sunset, or a lunch of poisson cru (raw fish marinated in coconut milk) under the palms to a backing track of lilting Polynesian tunes. Sooner or later, every visitor to these tropical islands has to concede that yes, this really is paradise.

Tahiti delivers, particularly if you like the sound of island-hopping, snorkeling and diving, discovering Polynesian culture and romancing on the deck of an overwater bungalow with a warm breeze, glistening turquoise sea and two ice-cold mai tai cocktails. And there’s a bonus – being a French Overseas Territory, French Polynesia has a high standard of cuisine, a decent transport infrastructure and familiar sights such as baguettes, gendarmes and yellow post boxes – all fused with an exotic world of mangos, tattoos, flamboyant fish and Gauguinesque vahinés (Polynesian women).

No matter which island you end up visiting, you will never be disappointed!

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