Tahiti is the most famous island in French Polynesian group of islands and atolls. These islands have a long history of attracting tourists and travellers - And with good reason! Infrastructure is good, you can enjoy icy daquiri-drinks on the palm beaches, the people are very hospitable, and the beauty of the islands is unforgettable - especially Bora Bora! Oh, Bora Bora ...
Tahiti - drinks, flowers and lava beaches
Tahiti brings up associations for many people; girls with wreaths of flowers, palm beaches, festive dinners and paintings by Gauguin. You will not fine white sandy beaches here; they are instead of black lava. Here you can also explore the small towns located in hidden valleys between the lush volcanic rocks. Visit the Gauguin museum and also learn about his productive years in Tahiti at the end of the 1800s. Only visit the capital Papeete, if you are ready to spend money.
Tahiti claims to be "the birth place of surfing". It's a surfing heaven for both professionals and beginners. On Tahiti Iti, the smaller of the two islands of Tahiti, at Hava'e Pass you will find one of the largest, most dangerous and best waves in the world, Teahupoo, which is strictly reserved for professional surfers. Good place to check out some trick from the pros if you are a novice.
Huahine - backpackers paradise
If you're looking for a relaxing beach-bum-atmosphere in true backpacker style on the trip to French Polynesia, you'll love Huahine. The luxurious resorts have not yet filled up the island's beautiful sandy beaches, and therefore the mainstream tourists stay away. There is not much to do here, but here are great waves for surfing, stunning beaches and picturesque lagoons that attract backpackers and surfers. Huahine is really a little lazy, cheap and paradise-like retreat.
Raiatea - the only wreck dive of Society Islands
Ra'iatea is Society Islands' wild and untamed island, which is forgotten by most tourists. There are no real beaches, but a pretty raw nature and proud locals who live in respect for tradition. It has an awesome wreck you can dive - Inside the wreck there is an air pocket at 25 meters depth, where you can take off the mask and enjoy the smell!
Bora Bora - seductive luxury
Bora Bora is a good place to end your holiday in style: The island entices you to stay a little bit too extravagant, shop a little bit too luxurious and dine a little bit too fine – It’ll be costly, but you will probably enjoy spending your money here, at one of the undeniably most beautiful islands in the world. It offers crystal clear waters, diving with rays and barracudas, and trekking Mount Pahia in the middle of the island.
Maupiti - the unknown paradise
Maupiti is like a mini version of Bora Bora, the way it island was 40 years ago. There are no resorts, few restaurants and no ATM's. Maupiti is a paradise without the glaze, and it will for sure fulfil your fancies about the beaches of a deserted tropical island. Here you can live off coconuts from the perfect sandy beaches and harpooned exotic fish from the turquoise lagoons, where you snorkel in what seems like a natural aquarium.
Tips and tricks
It is highly recommended to arrange most of the trip from home, as things quickly become expensive if you have to organize, arrange and pay on the spot! Also make sure to bring your own snorkel equipment, because there is amazing marine life in all lagoons, and it's expensive and difficult to rent the gear