Located in the Pacific Ocean, The Islands of Tahiti are a mythical destination. The mention of Tahiti calls to mind visions of an idyllic island paradise and once you visit, you’ll discover that your imagination isn’t too off the mark. Secluded, tropical and lush, these islands are a universe where dreams meet reality.
From the country’s main island, Tahiti, across to her enchanting sister island, Moorea, then up to Marlon Brando’s Tetiaroa paradise atoll, these Windward Islands are tropical dream islands! Choose between the various land/water activities or just relax by the pool. There is something for everyone in The Islands of Tahiti.
The Tuamotu Islands consist of 77 atolls spread over 930 miles (1,497km) and the area certainly lives up to its reputation. These islands, located at the the edge of the world, are literally heaven on Earth. Coconut plantations cover the motu (islet) of the coral barrier reef, the pristine beauty of the lagoons and unique underwater world make the Tuamotu a very unique group of islands.
Located more than 994 miles (1,600 km) southeast of the island of Tahiti and at the end of the Tuamotus, this archipelago is the most remote and also the least populated region of French Polynesia. Counting only 1,000 inhabitants, it shelters four mountainous islands lying within the same lagoon: Mangareva, ‘Akamaru, ‘Aukena and Taravai, with dozens of islets, called motu.
Legendary high cliffs, volcanic peaks, impressive remnants wrapped in wild nature, amazing beaches: the Marquesas are breathtaking. Located 932 miles (1,500km) away from Papeete, they offer the traveler a trip of a lifetime. The Marquesans call their islands “Land of Men,” or “Te Henua ‘Enana.”
As their name implies, the Austral islands, located south of The Island of Tahiti, on the Tropic of Capricorn, represent the southernmost boundary of French Polynesia. The climate is cooler than in Tahiti and the shape and ecology of these self-sufficient islands make them a charming world apart.
With so many options, you can do as much or as little as you like. The Islands of Tahiti, officially known as French Polynesia, possesses one of the most spectacularly beautiful and diverse environments on earth. A mixture of high volcanic islands and low-lying atolls, these specks of land – 118 islands in all – are strewn across four million square km of the South Pacific. Clustered into five archipelagos: the Society Islands, the Tuamotu Islands, the Gambier Islands, the Marquesas Islands and the Austral Islands, The Islands of Tahitihave in common a delightful blend of Polynesian and French cultures, and a consistently tropical climate.
French Polynesia’s world of oceanic islands offers vacationers an almost limitless range of vacation activities, both passive and active.
There are many sides to The Islands of Tahiti. Yet they are all connected by Mana. Mana is a life force and spirit that surrounds us. You can see it. Touch it. Taste it. Feel it. And from the moment you arrive, you will understand why we say our islands are Embraced by Mana.
Here, you’ll find it all. From paragliding to beach combing to embracing the laid-back island lifestyle, The Islands of Tahiti are packed with a mix of tropical adventure and blissful relaxation. Stay in overwater bungalows to experience true island living while you’re here. Or go snorkeling to get up close and personal with the local wildlife. If you’re feeling even more daring, take a trip to swim with the sharks! Shop for cultured pearls, take a cruise, play a few rounds of golf, enjoy a motu picnic with the family – there’s so much to do in The Islands of Tahiti that you’ll never want to leave.
Watch the video below to learn more about the spirit of Mana and get inspired for your next visit to The Islands of Tahiti.