The first explorers returned home boasting that they had discovered heaven on earth; writers and artists have captured its planning when to go back. So, what is it about Tahiti & Her Islands which makes us forget that life is short and that there is a world of beauty and tranquility just waiting to be discovered?
Tahiti and Her Islands has something to offer every visitor, whether you are looking for ultra-luxury or you prefer a more rustic experience. From the eclectic style of Tahiti's magnificent resort hotels, to the truly authentic 'pension' accommodation, the glistening waters of the lagoon are never far away, tempting the visitor all year round Here, around these South Seas isles, a romantic sunset sea sends giant curls of turquoise breaking onto the colourful reefs that protect the tranquil lagoons of warm, bright-emerald waters and white coral-sand beaches.
Tahiti covers over two million square miles of the South Pacific Ocean and is comprised of 118 islands spread over five great archipelagos. Many islands are crowned with jagged peaks while others appear to barely float above the breaking waves. Spread over an area as large as Western Europe. The three archipelagos most sought by visitors are the Society Islands, comprised of Tahiti, Moorea, Bora Bora, Huahine, Raiatea and Taha'a; The Tuamotu Atolls or "Tahiti's Strand of Pearls", include the atolls of Rangiroa, Manihi, Tikehau, and Fakarava; and the Marquesas, or "The Mysterious Islands."
The two other archipelagos, the Austral Islands and the Gambier Islands, lie to the south and the southeast, respectively, of the Society Islands. While very few travellers venture to these remote islands, those that do are not disappointed by the pristine environment.
Why, when we get there, do we never want to leave? What is it about this magical place which steals a piece of our hearts and makes us yearn to rediscover the many and varied treasures of this beautiful and unique destination? For more information on how to discover French Polynesia for yourself visit www.tahitinow.co.nz