Magic in the French Polynesia
By Meghan Chalfant
If you are looking for a destination with clear skies, turquoise blue water, and a pristine locale of isle seclusion amidst natural beauty, escape to the “islands beyond the ordinary” in Tahiti, the French Polynesia. With beautiful weather, endless activities full of adventure, and breathtaking views, honeymooners are sure to leave any post-wedding stress at home once they arrive to one of the most popular destinations for newlyweds.
Located in the South Pacific, halfway between California and Australia, is the breathtaking island of Tahiti. The French Polynesia is comprised of 118 islands that spread over five great archipelagos covering two million square miles of the South Pacific Ocean. The weather in Tahiti is considered to be moderate and tropical, with average yearly temperatures of 79 degrees in the winter and 89 degrees in the summer. While you can expect the summer months from November through April to be slightly warmer and more humid, gentle and cool breezes sweep across the island from the South Pacific. The winter months from May through October tend to be cooler and dryer.
Regardless of the time of year you travel, you are sure to meet the friendliest, most hospitable, and easygoing people among the 280,000 inhabitants living here. Residents will greet you to the island with Tiare flower leis upon arrival and will go out of their way to make you feel at home. Although the official languages in Tahiti are Tahitian and French, many natives in the tourist areas speak and understand English.
Islands beyond the Ordinary
Tahiti, also known as The Queen of the Pacific is the largest of the island throughout the country. It has a mountainous interior with deep valleys, waterfalls and streams, while on the coastline you will find most of the island’s population. Under a one hour flight and 150 miles northwest from Tahiti or Mooreaâ”€ The Magical Island, you can escape to a peaceful oasis in Bora Bora. Here amid The Romantic Island you will find tropical valleys and white beaches with clear emerald waters, tranquility, dramatic scenery, and private amenities. Indulge in romantic services from luxury spas to accommodations to fit every couple’s desire. Most resorts offer breathtaking views of lush gardens, ocean views, and thatched villas; however the most popular are the overwater bungalows, just steps away from the lagoon. Other islands you might want to consider are Huahineâ”€ Garden of Eden, Taha’aâ”€ The Vanilla Island, Raiateaâ”€ The Sacred Island, Tuamotu Atollsâ”€ Tahiti’s Strand of Pearls, and Marquesasâ”€ The Mysterious Islands.
The Polynesian Experience
The best way to become aware of the Tahitian culture is through island tours. Drive around the coastal shore line via rental car or on a guided tour bus; explore the island in a 4x4, horseback or nature hike or view breathtaking aerial views on an exhilarating helicopter tour. Snorkeling and diving is available from beginners to experienced divers, and whether you choose drift dives, oceanic drop-offs, sunken ships, or lagoon dives, you will be amazed with the visibility of the South Pacific waters are. Other activities that are available include deep-sea fishing, submarine excursions, underwater scooter excursions, surfing, kitesurfing, windsurfing, and parasailing.
How to Get Here
Tahiti Nuiâ”€ the international airline of Tahitiâ”€ offers two to three non-stop flights (approximately twelve hours) a week from JFK International Airport, New York. To enter the country, a valid passport (applicable six months beyond the return date) is required, as well as a return airline ticket to your resident country, and sufficient funds to cover your stay. With isle seclusion, tropical beauty, and views to leave you breathless, The French Polynesia is sure to captivate your essence and create a magical honeymoon you will never forget. Visit www.Tahiti-Tourisme.com, for more information and to book your vacation today.
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