HONEYMOONING IN THE ISLANDS OF
NYONE WHO HAS VISITED the Islands of Tahiti will tell you it was love at first sight. This group of 118 idyllic islands surrounded by the South Pacific have long enchanted visitors with dramatic mountain peaks, impossibly blue seas and tropical landscapes bursting with exotic flowers—but the beauty extends far beyond these obvious physical attributes.
Look below the surface and you’ll discover a place where unity is intrinsic: from the way land and water work together to support daily life to the way man and nature collaborate to create the islands’ prized vanilla and pearls.
Even the culture is a marriage, blending French
and Polynesian sensibilities. And then there’s mana, a complex concept Tahitians hold dear, that has unity at its core. It’s the energy in the land, the sea and the air that envelops the soul and connects people to this place and one another in an indescribably beautiful way. Think of it as the elusive nirvana of French Polynesia—your first visit may only provide you with a glimpse, but it will be enough to serve as the first step toward travel enlightenment helping you deepen your connection to the destination and each other.
Get to the heart of the islands and discover the mana that lies beyond the iconic overwater bungalows of Bora Bora using this curated
GET IMMERSED IN POLYNESIAN CULTURE IN RAIATEA
For a primer on the history of the islands, make Raiatea your first stop. A quick 45-minute flight from Tahiti’s capital, Papeete, this wild island sits at the heart of the Polynesian Triangle and is considered by many to be a place of great spiritual significance. The island’s most important site, Marae Taputapuatea, is a traditional temple and sprawling seaside plaza where some of the most important ceremonies in Polynesian history took place. The marae (sacred place) garnered international recognition in 2017 when it was declared a UNESCO world heritage site. Book a tour with Polynesian Escape’s Tahiarii Pariente, one of the area’s foremost scholars, who will walk you through the site and explain why Marae Taputapuatea remains a place of pilgrimage for
Polynesians from as far away as New Zealand, Hawaii and Easter Island.
Water has always been an integral part of life in the Islands of Tahiti. Emerging from the sea after great volcanic eruptions, these islands and atolls were originally settled by ocean-going people who navigated their way to paradise using the stars as their guide. These days, the area is considered home to the most majestic swath of sea on earth and its crystalline waters are one of the biggest draws for visitors. The island of Moorea, in particular, provides once-in-a-lifetime experiences at sea for modern-day explorers.
Settle in at the Intercontinental Moorea Resort
and Spa, a luxe property nestled between striking mountain peaks and a tropical lagoon, then get out and explore the ocean. For adventurous honeymooners, Moorea Jet Surf, a company owned by veteran waterman Denis Grosmaire, offers a unique way to explore the lagoon on a motorized surfboard, while Corallina Tours operates excursions that will have you heading out past Cook’s Bay and Opunohu Bay, while spinner dolphins swim alongside your boat. You’ll drop anchor in a playground for stingrays and black tip reef sharks where you can hop in the water and come face to face with these fascinating sea creatures.
Experience overwater luxury at Le Taha’a.
Step into the past at Marae Taputapuatea.
Snorkel with black tip reef sharks.
Kick back in seclusion at the Intercontinental Moorea.
Check swimming with stringrays off your bucket list.