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7 Islands To Visit in Tahiti

Who isn’t dreaming of a tropical getaway? With strikingly beautiful nature ranging from lush jungles to vibrant coral reefs and turquoise lagoons, it’s not hard to understand why the Islands of Tahiti are such a sought-after destination.

Can’t decide which of the 118 islands to visit first? Here is a round up of 7 of the best Tahiti islands to put on your bucket list.

Intercontinental Bora Bora Le Moana Resort

1. Moorea

The heart-shaped island often considered Tahiti’s little sister has been listed as one of the hottest micro destinations to visit post-pandemic according to Vacaay.

With its stunning mix of temperate azure coastline, verdant mountain peaks and shallow waters perfect for close encounters with marine life, it wows visitors as they fly into the airport in Papeete.

Image: David Kirkland
Image: David Kirkland

2. Bora Bora

There’s just something about Bora Bora. It simply radiates romance so it isn’t a surprise that the destination attracts honeymooners from around the world.

Lush tropical slopes and valleys of Mount Otemanu blossom with hibiscus, while the palm-covered beaches connect to the turquoise shallow waters of the lagoon.

The St Regis, Bora Bora

3. Huahine

With its lush forests, untamed landscape, and quaint villages, Huahine is one of Tahiti’s best-kept secrets, a place where you can live like a local.

A deep, crystal-clear lagoon surrounds the two islands that comprise Huahine, while magnificent bays and white-sand beaches add drama to the experience.

Here you can experience a slightly different overwater stay, Maitai Lapita Village is hidden away in the jungle and its bungalows are located on the shore of a beautiful and serene lake.

4. Taha’a

Located east of Bora Bora, the quiet island of Taha’a is a place where time seems to have stopped. Before you even see the island on the horizon, you can smell the vanilla-scented air flowing down the hillsides from numerous vanilla plantations. Pure paradise.

Le Taha’a Island Resort & Spa

5. Tahiti

Often overlooked as just a pitstop before venturing onwards to other islands, the Mother Island of French Polynesia is where you can fully immerse yourself in the enigmatic Tahitian culture.

Get to know the locals and learn all about the myths, sacred traditions, and the fundamental truth of Mana and how vital it has been to the Tahitians for centuries.


6. Fakarava

For those who want to truly disconnect from virtual meetings and zoom calls, the well-kept secret of Fakarava is the perfect option. It’s the second largest of the Tuamotu atolls and is considered a nature sanctuary.

The reef is a designated UNESCO Biosphere Reserve and safeguards a variety of endemic wildlife, which the local population is passionate about protecting.

While the resorts at the island do have wifi, the connection is quite limited so you might as well just leave the phone and laptop in your bungalow for the entire stay.


7. Rurutu

Another hidden gem in The Islands of Tahiti and here is where you can find a very different kind of Polynesian holiday.

On the most northerly island in French Polynesia, there are no overwater bungalows or beachfront hotels, no glitz and glamour – just a really laidback traditional island where travellers can stay in guesthouses run by the locals.

From Rurutu is where you can also swim with humpback whales as they often stay close to the reefs.

Image: Gregory Lecoeur

Whichever island you choose, there is no escaping the laidback peace, tranquility and natural beauty of the Islands of Tahiti.

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2 comments on “7 Islands To Visit in Tahiti

  1. Wow, it is so beautiful and lush… absolutely gorgeous!

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