Tahiti, called "lle d' Amour", is the largest island in the Society Islands.
Lying halfway between Australia and California in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, Tahiti boasts white sand beaches dotted with palm trees lazily dipping their fronds in the clear turquoise waters.
The Islands of Tahiti are a spectacular selection of ex-volcanic islands and Atolls strewn lazily across the grand South Pacific Ocean. The best cruising grounds are the Windward and Leeward islands of the Society Islands with names like Bora Bora, Huahine, Raiatea and Moorea.
The period between April to October is considered as "dry"season, and that between November to March, the "wet" season.
In the capital, Papeete, there are many local artifacts as well as Polynesian black pearls and French fashions to choose from.
From Tahiti visit the nearby island of Moorea. This island has often been linked to James Michener's mythical island of Bali Hai. Diving spots are numerous: A 4-wheel drive Safari is recommended to the Belvedere "Look Out", the ancient Marae (Tahitian temples), the plantation of Opuhi and the waterfall of Afareiatu.
Tetiaroa, 35nm from Moorea and locally known as Marlon Brando island, is historically a resort for the Tahitian chiefs of the Pomare royal family.
Huahine is the first of the Leeward island group, an area that offers excellent cruising. Huahine is very rural and is made up of two mountainous islands.
Great for learning local culture, the past of the Tahitian people, and feed the eels in a natural fresh water stream! The bay between Huahine's two islands (Nui and Iti) is the deepest of them all.
Huahine Nui and Huahine Iti connected by a narrow isthmus. There are several motus (small islands) and good anchorages with excellent diving.
Raiatea and Tahaa lie within the same hour glass-shaped coral reef. Both islands have a lush, fertile appearance. Raiatea, the second largest island in French Polynesia, is known as Sacred Havai'i. It was the center or royalty, religion and culture. Visit pearl farms and the sea museum with a foundation for the protection of turtles.
Tahaa: Enjoy the local flora and agriculture with their origins and tranditional uses. The first vanilla plants were introduced in Polynesia in 1848 by Admiral Hamelin. No less than 70% produced in Polynesia (a total of about 25 tons) comes from Tahaa.
Bora Bora is at the center of the multi-colored lagoon surrounded by offshore Motu islets inside a protective necklace of coral. The diving here is excellent and there are several world-class resorts available for land stays. Enjoy a stunning sunset over a cocktail at Hotel Bora Bora and explore the island's many good restaurants. A trip to French Polynesia is one that will remain with you forever. The people and scenery are spectacular.