IS Tahiti the most beautiful place on Earth? It’s a pretty subjective question but fact is, you’ll be hard-pressed to find a collective of islands as spectacular anywhere in the world.
The blissful islands of Tahiti within French Polynesia cover some 4 million sq km, about the same coverage size as Europe. One of the best things about the area is its isolation from surrounding continents, as well as its unique ability to transcend you to a universe where you’ll feel like you’re the only one.
The concept of Mana – the fundamental truth that is both tangible and intangible – refers to the life force and spirit that surrounds and connects all living things. And nowhere is the presence of Mana more alive and loved than in the islands of Tahiti.
It’s not difficult to fall in love with Tahiti’s natural make-up of white-, pink-, and black-sand beaches, all of which lead to the real pull here: the many clear lagoons that shimmer beneath the sun, like a blanket of jewels strewn across the sea.
While Tahiti is often regarded as exclusive, affordable rentals are actually available – you just need to know where to look. This doesn’t mean that you’ll be short-changed for quality; it just means you still get to experience the charm of the islands without burning a hole in your pocket.
One option is the Blue Lagoon Villa in Moorea, a spacious property set on a tropical hill right above the Sofitel Resort in Moorea Island. The property’s wide glass windows look out to grand views of the lagoon and a poolside terrace will let you feel the gentle sea breeze against your skin.
The house sleeps eight and rents at under US$5,500 a week, which amounts to under US$670 per guest for an entire week of luxury living. Considering the deal includes a large living room, a fully-equipped kitchen, a TV area, three master bedrooms, and three full bathrooms, it’s a steal in these parts.
The Moorea Beach Lodge too is stunning, a secluded lodge just steps from the beach and the aquamarine lagoon. The coconut palm tree that arches its neck towards the waters is a nice quirk, and will surely make for enviable photos on your feed.
If you’re booked in here, make sure to stroll or bike along the numerous mountain trails, explore the colorful seabed with a dive arranged by the Moorea Fun Dive center, or grab a bite at the many restaurants just minutes from the lodge. Whatever you do, make sure to end the evening with a rewarding sit-down on the sand to catch the glorious sunset.
For those traveling with family, Les Relais de Josephine is a guesthouse right on the shore of the Tiputa’s Pass where you might just have the privilege of catching dolphins dancing in the sea. You also get to witness boats leaving and entering the lagoon accompanied by local fishermen going about their daily routines.
The property is located in Rangiroa, one of the world’s best places to scuba dive. The atoll boasts an abundance of sharks, manta rays, dolphins and reef life. If you’re a bit nervous about swimming next to marine life, simply rent a glass-bottomed boat to observe the colorful wonders of the ocean without getting wet.
Whether you’re on precious family bonding time or organizing a trip with friends, you’ll be guaranteed to fall under the mystical spell of Tahiti and her surrounding islands. If you leave with a serious case of withdrawal symptoms, don’t say we didn’t warn you.
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