There is no better way to gain a sense of everyday Tahitian life and experience the culture of French Polynesia, than passing through the small villages on a circle-island tour. As nearly every island has a coastal road following the lagoon shores, you can either drive around the island by rental car or take a guided bus tour. Explore the island interiors on a 4WD safari, a guided nature hike, bike riding or horseback riding.
Snorkeling & Diving
The Islands of Tahiti offer world-class snorkeling and diving. Both experienced and beginner divers and snorkelers will be amazed by the crystal-clear waters and the density of marine life.
With hundreds of dive sites throughout the islands, divers can choose from the amazing drift dives, oceanic drop-offs, sunken ships, and lagoon dives with infinite marine life. For certified experienced divers, the Tuamotu atolls will offer the most amazing adventures. Rangiroa and Fakarava more especially, are rated among the best dive sites in the world.
Swimming with Sharks and Rays
This excursion is one of the most thrilling and popular experiences and can be enjoyed on most of the islands. It will be a unique opportunity to come up, close and personal with black-tip sharks and graceful rays that can be seen frequently in the Tahitian lagoons. Non-swimmers may enjoy this exciting scene from the boat.
Tahitian Cultured Pearls
The world-renowned iridescent luster of Mother Nature's most perfect gem can only be created in the Tahitian warm lagoons. Commonly known around the world as Black Pearls, Tahitian Cultured Pearls in fact come in all different sizes, shapes and colors. Travelers can visit a pearl farm in the Tuamotu Archipelago or in Taha'a, also known as the vanilla island, where some local families have found perfect shelters to produce these beautiful gems, symbols of hope and love.
The Islands of Tahiti are a world-class spa destination and many resorts offer their own version of pampering and rejuvenating. Surrounded by a backdrop of natural beauty and floral fragrances, there is no better setting for relaxation. Enjoy fresh-flower baths, invigorating rain showers, body scrubs made from vanilla grains, massages above the lagoon or body wrap with banana tree leaves.
With so many islands, so many lagoons, sailing has become a delightful way to discover the islands. Sailing boats or catamarans can be rented bare or crewed, and itineraries designed "à la carte". They give you the freedom to explore at your own pace and stop wherever you want.
Tahitian Wedding Ceremony
The Islands of Tahiti are symbol of romance and sensuality. A Tahitian Wedding Ceremony is a beautiful way to reaffirm your love for one another, whether you are on your honeymoon or celebrating an anniversary. These ceremonies come in all different ways, from the most intimate version to the most extravagant one. On the beach, on a private "motu" islet, at sunset, with Tahitian music and dances or without, resorts will help you create the perfect celebration and everlasting memories.
Since 2010, weddings have become legally binding for U.S. citizens! Visit our wedding section of the website for more information.
A "motu" is a tiny islet delicately resting on the lagoon. Soft sand, coconut palms and crystal-clear lagoon, welcome to the most amazing restaurant in the world! Here, lunch is served on the beach or in the lagoon. An absolute must-try is the local speciality, "poisson cru", a delicious salad of raw tuna and vegetables marinated with coconut milk and lime juice. And in the islands, coconut milk is squeezed right before your eyes! Can't get fresher than this!
Skydiving & Parasailing
With their palette of million blues, lush mountains and valleys, and golden shores, the islands from the air are simply breathtaking. Take it nice and easy with parasailing or go for the thrill of tandem skydiving!