Spotlight on Tahiti and Bora Bora
Although often seen as the exclusive (and expensive) stomping ground of honeymooners, Tahiti and Bora Bora have been welcoming cruise ships and holidaymakers for many years. Filled with enchanting scenery, thatched-roof overwater bungalows and an easy-going way of life, it’s little surprise these destinations have been described as ‘paradise’ and ‘heaven on earth’. If you’ve decided to finally tick these two off your travel bucket list, here’s what you can expect!
Beneath the crystal clear waters off Tahiti and Bora Bora lies a vibrant world filled with marine life, including stingrays, turtles, dolphins and a variety of colourful fish. Discover this world for yourself by snorkelling, diving or, for the adventurous, signing up for a shark feeding tour, where you can stand or float in shallow waters and be surrounded by reef sharks.
Want to see what Bora Bora and Tahiti has to offer on land? Hop on a 4x4 with an expert local guide and be escorted around the various mountain peaks, valleys, streams and waterfalls. Highlights include Mount Otemanu (you can take a ride to the base of the mountain) in Bora Bora, and Maraa Grotto and Papenoo Valley in Tahiti. There are also a number of beautiful botanical gardens in Tahiti, such as the Paofai Gardens, Bougainville Park and the Water Gardens of Vaipahi.
When you’re not cycling, horse-riding, snorkelling, diving, driving, or hiking around Tahiti and Bora Bora, take a break and unwind by heading to a local spa for a traditional Polynesian body, face or hair treatment. Using local products such as coconut, avocado and coffee, you’ll be left feeling rejuvenated.
If it’s a massage your body is craving, ask for a taurumi or Polynesian massage. This traditional practice has been handed down from generation to generation and focuses on the energy lines of the body, as well as removing negative energy from the body. In no time, you’ll feel all your worries and thoughts melting away into a haze of deep relaxation and peacefulness.
The official language of French Polynesia is French; however, many inhabitants of Tahiti and Bora Bora speak Tahitian, as well as basic English.
French Polynesia’s currency is the French Pacific franc or CFP franc as it is commonly known.
Tahiti and Bora Bora tend to enjoy favourable weather throughout the year, with plenty of sunshine and an approximate annual average temperature of 27 degrees Celsius. The high (and dry) season is between May and October, when rain is minimal and temperatures are cooler (it’s best to pack a few layers, such as a sweater or cardigan for evenings). The low season ranges from November to April and visitors can generally expect to experience more rain during this period, as well as higher levels of humidity.
Who Goes There
Several cruise lines feature French Polynesia on their itineraries, providing cruisers with plenty of options to suit their budget and wants. For a luxurious and intimate getaway, lines such as Paul Gaugin Cruises, Windstar Cruises and Hapag Lloyd are sure to serve up an unforgettable voyage of pampering and finery. Bigger cruise lines such as Celebrity Cruises, Holland America Line and Royal Caribbean also make their way to this part of the world, offering passengers a value-packed journey on a larger-than-life ship.
Are you ready to make your bucket list that much shorter? Call us on 1300 954 661 and we can help you tick these two stunning destinations off your list! Our experienced cruise consultants can also help you choose the right cruise line and itinerary for your budget, needs and wants.
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