This spring I was so fortunate to be able to check a new country off of the bucket list with my family. At the start of our spring break we boarded the plane and took a long flight to discover a new destination – Tahiti!
Tahiti is somewhere my family has always wanted to go, and I was so excited and grateful for this trip. Being the planner I am, I immediately started researching. One of the first questions I asked: was where in the world even was Tahiti?
Where is Tahiti?
First thing to clear up: Tahiti is also referred to as French Polynesia. The two terms are used interchangeably and both refer to a group of islands in the South Pacific. On a map, it is almost equidistance between Australia and Los Angeles. For us, we had about an 8 hour flight from LA to Papeete, the biggest city on the main island of Tahiti.
What is Tahiti?
Like I said, Tahiti is also known as French Polynesia. Culturally, it reminded me a lot of the Hawaiian Polynesian culture.
French Polynesia includes five groups of islands: the Society Islands, Tuamotu Islands, Austral Islands, Gambier Islands, and Marquesas Islands. The most popular of these five groups is the Society Islands, which includes the more well-known destinations like Bora Bora and the actual island of Tahiti.
My family traveled to the Society Islands on our trip, specifically to two islands: Bora Bora and Tetiaroa.
Honestly, one of my favorite parts about this trip was talking to some of the locals and learning about the islands and the culture. Call me a history nerd, but I find cultural history so fascinating!
Of all of the beaches and islands I have visited, Tahiti or French Polynesia is by far one of my new favorites. To start, the islands and their surrounding waters are absolutely stunning. Some of the most vivid blue oceans I have ever seen. No need to boost the saturation in those pictures.
Although these islands might be popular vacation destinations, the islands we visited were quiet and not overly-developed. Perfect for a secluded, relaxing vacation.
Outside of relaxation, the islands also offered plenty of opportunities for adventure and exploration. If you are a fan of nature, snorkeling, hiking, or anything in between, Tahiti is perfect.
We spent many days lounging on the beach, and several others exploring the islands by feet and boat. Even hung out with some sea turtles, stingrays, and swam with a shark in it’s natural habitat. It was the perfect mixture of unwinding and adventure.
Have I sold you on Tahiti yet? If not, I’ll let the pictures do the rest of the talking.