08 Mar 2017

Tahiti and French Polynesia’s Remote “hidden” Islands!

 

Forget Bora Bora and Moorea (if only for just a moment!).  If you’re looking to take your secluded vacationing style in Tahiti to a whole new level, we’ve got a few unique islands in French Polynesia that’ll give you that total, untouched paradise you crave!

 

1.       Tetiaroa – Enjoy the pure luxury of the the Brando – Tahiti’s newest resort on this sacred Polynesian island.  Tetiaroa was formerly owned as a private island by Marlon Brando and is now home to boutique luxury resort that prides itself on its environmental stewardship and service while respecting the cultural significance of the island.  

 

2.       Fakarava – this is a nearly-untouched island with a rich ecosystem (UNESCO Biosphere Reserve), a lagoon that’s second-largest after Rangiroa, and a home to rare bird and plant species!  Local communities are actively involved in monitoring, researching and training of and biodiversity conservation, keeping this habitat pristine.  You’ll also love the quaint and sweet old churches, the charming and welcoming residents (population of around 400!) and the nearly undiscovered dive sites.

 

3.       Rurutu (The Austral Islands) – The Austral Islands are home to whale watching (from July to October), the traditional art of weaving coconut leaves into various wearable accessories (great for souvenirs!), and the island in particular is home to many stunning limestone and coral caves. 

 

4.       Raiatea – This is an island known as the “sacred island” as the island was a religious hub around 1,000 years ago and believed to be the place where Polynesia first began.  This is a great complement to Taha’a as they share the same lagoon.  Enjoy hiking or perhaps a yacht charter from Raatea. 

 

5.       Taha’a – If you love vanilla flavours in your desserts and other delicacies, you’ll love the island called ‘The Vanilla Island’ as it produces about 70% of French Polynesia’s vanilla.  Known for its rich vanilla scents all over the island, visit a vanilla spice plantation, and enjoy a stay at the lovely Le Taha’a Resort and Spa.

 

 

Written By: Lori (Destination Specialist) 

 

If you’re considering travel to French Polynesia for the first time, I recommend you plan with a certified South Pacific agent like myself.  Have ongoing discussions on what you’d like to see and do, and I can also offer some ‘hidden gem’ travel goodies too!