By Susie Reese
Why should you get to know Tahiti?
Tahiti enjoys long walks on the beach underneath the golden hue of the sunset. The legendary tropical paradise with 118 islands, including the famous Bora Bora, Huahine, Taha’a, and Rangiroa, crosses more than two million square miles of the South Pacific Ocean and is situated halfway between California and Australia. Fewer than eight hours from Los Angeles International Airport with daily nonstop flights, Tahiti is close enough to be enjoyable but far enough to leave behind the hustle and bustle of everyday life.
Tahiti describes its ideal match as:
Someone who seeks relaxation, romance, and adventure.
World-Class Spas—The famous spas of Tahiti are world-renowned for their refreshing treatments and natural, local elements to give guests a rejuvenating experience. Fresh-flower baths, herbal rain showers, body wraps with banana tree leaves, body scrubs with sand and rice, grated coconuts or sea salt are just a few of the experiences guests can enjoy at the supreme spas on the islands. Single and couple massages are great to unwind after a long flight or after planning a wedding.
Overwater Bungalows—Thatched-roof bungalows are all the rage in Tahiti. Constructed over the aqua waters of the serene Pacific Ocean, these world-class accommodations offer optimum privacy for a honeymoon or romantic getaway. From the comfort of the plush furniture, guests can watch the tropical fish as they swim under the bungalow through the glass floor, or perhaps couples will enjoy lounging in the plunge pools or relaxing on the private balconies, overlooking the tropical paradise.
Snorkeling and Diving—Tahiti is an ocean-lover’s dream. Great for experienced and beginner divers, the islands plays host to all types of diving and snorkeling, including exploratory dives to large cargo ships and airplanes, marine-life dives to see large manta rays or the kaleidoscope of coral, or even “the Spring” dive to watch underwater springs bubble up from the ocean floor. The most popular diving site in Tahiti is the Aquarium lagoon dive, which is only 10 to 40 feet deep and is a great sight for beginners where fish interact with the divers and divers can explore colorful coral and three wrecks—a Cessna and two boats.
Adventure—Feed your adrenaline fix with a 4×4 safari into the high mountains and take in the majesty of Mont Orohena, an extinct volcano. Hike to see breathtaking Cascades de Faarumai, three waterfalls of impressive height and breathtaking beauty. Try out the championship waves at Teahupo’o, where the ASP World Tour holds one of their annual contests in August. Take a short trip to a nearby lagoon where you can stand in four to seven feet of turquoise waters and hand-feed friendly sharks.
Weddings—Tahitian weddings are a unique, tropical experience where the groom arrives at the wedding in a canoe while the bride is carried on a rattan throne. The happy couple wears white pareus (painted wraps) and custom-made flower crowns and leis. Some resorts offer overwater chapels or beach ceremonies, and for the reception, have a romantic, celebratory dinner on a private islet, on the beach, or at one of the five-star dining establishments. Now, weddings performed in Tahiti are legally binding for U.S. and Canadian citizens.
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