WATER HAS ALWAYS BEEN AN INTEGRAL PART OF LIFE IN THE ISLANDS OF TAHITI.”
BECOME ONE WITH NATURE IN TAHA’A
Raiatea’s neighbouring island, Taha’a, shares a common lagoon but the vibe is entirely different. In fact, Taha’a is about as laid-back as it gets, making it the perfect place to shack up during your time exploring these two Society Islands. As far as accommodations go, you’re spoiled for choice. Splash out on an overwater suite at Le Taha’a Island Resort and Spa, the only Relais and Chateaux property in French Polynesia, where five-star service meets traditional design. Or book one of the nine villas at Vahine Island Resort & Spa, a family-owned luxury property on a private island.
HAVE AN OTHERWORLDLY EXPERIENCE ON THE WATER IN MOOREA
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. Each resort has its own coral garden with world-class snorkelling and both are a short boat ride away from the main island of Taha’a.
In addition to its fabulous accommodations, Taha’a is also the biggest producer of vanilla in all of French Polynesia. Pay a visit to one of the island’s farms and you’ll learn about the magic that sprouts from the soil on “the vanilla island.” In fact, the process of cultivating French Polynesia’s unique strain of vanilla involves hand-pollination or “marrying” the plants to produce the treasured crops.
Few travel experiences can compare to watching the sun set over a South Pacific lagoon.
Snorkel with black tip reef sharks.
Kick back in seclusion at the Intercontinental Moorea.
Check swimming with stringrays off your bucket list.