If you’re looking for a little slice of paradise, then it’s safe to say that Tahiti could be the perfect destination of choice. Commonly known as The Islands of Tahiti, these French Polynesian islands offer everything from golden sand to crystal clear waters, and that’s just the start. There are 118 islands that make up this area of French Polynesia, and it’s fair to say that they all pack their own punch. However, some of them get overlooked because Bora Bora has become so popular over the years. We’re here to give the underdogs the love they deserve.
You wouldn’t travel to The Islands of Tahiti without exploring what the main island has to offer, right? There’s a high chance that you will have to fly into the main airport on this island anyway, so it makes sense that you give yourself some time to see why people love it so much. There are so many things to see and do on this island, and almost all of them involving the stunning natural beauty of the place. You could hike into the jungle to check out the waterfalls, you could snorkel in the reefs, or you could wander around the famous botanical gardens.
You might know it is Raiatea, but those on the surrounding islands actually know this beautiful place as the Sacred Island. That’s because it’s long been held that Raiatea was the first French Polynesian island to be populated, and is steeped in history and sacred traditions. Nowadays, natives try to keep the spirit of the island alive and allow tourists to sail within the protected lagoon and check out the amazing wildlife that lives beneath the surface of the water. As if that wasn’t enough, you could also check out the Taputapuātea sacred meeting place.
Completely surrounded by a coral reef, the island of Rangiroa is absolutely stunning and not to be missed. Although it’s largely known for its crystal clear waters and the watersports that can be done in these lagoons, there are also other things to see and do. In fact, did you know that one of the villages on this island actually has its own vineyard? This place creates the only international wine to come from French Polynesia, and tourists can go and have a look around themselves.
Huahine is often known as the Garden Island, and that’s because it’s completely covered in dense jungle that’s a real sight to behold. Full to the brim with coconut plantations, banana groves, and watermelon fields, it’s amazing to see how natural and fertile this island is. Because this island relies on its natural beauty, it’s fair to say that this place is all about shutting off and relaxing. So, if you need to wind down, this is your place.
The Islands of Tahiti are so much more than just one single island, which is why Bora Bora shouldn’t be the only contender on your travel list this year. Why not add these ones too?