Tahiti Honeymoon Flight

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The Honeymoon

With intimate luxury resorts, magical miles of secluded coastline, pretty villages, magnificent scenery and opportunities galore for island hopping, it's little wonder Tahiti is at the top of many newlyweds' honeymoon wish list.

Why We Love It

The glorious azure waters, lush coconut palms, dazzling white sands, sensational snorkelling and indulgent over-water bungalows are just the beginning.

Add in an ultra-romantic motu picnic where you'll have a feast prepared on an isolated beach just for the two of you, a day or two being pampered in a Polynesian Spa, a visit to an iconic black pearl farm (bringing home a stunning souvenir) and never needing to put on shoes and you're starting to see the bigger picture.

The Islands 

With 118 islands and plenty of private motus - tiny reeftop islets - it's hard to find anywhere more naturally beautiful and romantic than Tahiti - so don't!

Here's a rundown of the main islands where you'll find diverse options for your idyllic honeymoon hideaway:

Tahiti: Crowned by a circle of majestic peaks, the island of Tahiti towers over the ocean and boasts a combination of lush scenery and lively ambience in the capital Papeete, which is home to world-class resorts, deluxe day spas, restaurants dishing up fabulous fresh seafood, nightclubs (for those who've had enough relaxation), vibrant markets, pearl vendors and laid-back boutiques.

Bora Bora: If you imagine Tahiti as a series of over-water bungalows, aqua lagoons and gently swaying palm trees (with a generous dash of five-star luxury) then you're picturing Bora Bora. With enormous mountains, brilliant hibiscus blooms and quite literally the most gorgeous lagoon we've probably ever seen - this is it.

Moorea: Often touted as the world's most beautiful island, Moorea is a magical mix of green mountains, gentle cliffs, spectacular waterfalls, vibrant birdlife and friendly villages surrounded by a sparkling shallow lagoon - what more could you need?

Raiatea and Taha'a: Known as The Sacred Island, Raiatea was the heart of Polynesian religion for more than 1000 years, while Taha'a, The Vanilla Island, offers an authentic traditional Tahitian experience. Divers will love the untouched reefs which are teeming with marine life.

Huahine: Relatively untouched by modern life, here you'll find an untamed rainforest landscape, quaint villages, lush vanilla plantations and a deep, crystal clear lagoon just waiting to be explored.

The Marquesas: Isolated and mysterious, The Marquesas are home to the region's ancient and fascinating culture, with historic religious sites, fjord-like bays, sheer cliffs and wild waterfalls. This is the resting place of artist Paul Gauguin and poet Jacques Brel - obviously an inspiring spot!

Accommodation

From inexpensive bungalows making the most of barefoot bliss on the sand to ultra-luxurious resorts with over-water bungalows, Tahiti has all bases covered, and a romantic night or three spent lazing above the lagoon will be well worth the extra spend if you can manage it. It is a once in a lifetime after all...

Climate

The year-round average air and water temperature are both 26C (79F) year round, sunshine abounds and there is no cyclone or monsoon season. Rainfall is unpredictable between November and March when the islands are more humid and isolated tropical storms occasionally pass through - but not for long.

Dress Code

Leave the heels at home. The term laidback was literally written for Tahiti, whether day or night, so go for loose maxi dresses, sarongs, a stack of swimmers and tees and shorts for the boys. It might be worth packing a light jacket in case of cool evenings (but you may never use it!)

Don't Leave Home Without...

Sunscreen, insect repellant, Band-Aids (in case of coral cuts) sunglasses and a hat are essential, while runners or sturdy sandals are worth packing if you plan on hiking or swimming near coral, just make sure it's a pair you're happy to get wet (or leave behind).

The Essentials

Drinking Water: Tap water in quality hotels and restaurants is considered safe to drink. If purchasing bottled water, opt for local shops to save money.

Money: French Pacific Franc (XFP) is the local currency, and most hotels, boutiques and restaurants on the main islands accept major credit cards.

Electricity: 220 volts with European style plugs.

Tipping: Unlike many tourist traps, tipping is neither required nor expected here and even if you try, don't be surprised if you're refused - no wonder people love Tahiti!

Travel time: Approximately 7 hours from Sydney.

Time difference: 20 hours behind Australian East Coast time.

Vaccinations: None required.

Language: Locals speak both French and Tahitian but English is widely understood and often spoken. Making the effort to master a few local phrases will win you many friends - and exceptional service so have a go!
Maeva = Welcome
Nana = Goodbye
Mauru'uru = Thank you
Manuia = Cheers