Make exotic Tahiti your own special island paradise.
It doesn’t take much more than the mere mention of the name Tahiti to get one dreaming of secluded black-and-white sand beaches and tranquil translucent lagoons surrounded by lush green hills. Indeed, Tahiti is a place that deserves to be called paradise.
Some of the more famous islands in the region include Moorea and Bora Bora, which has a lagoon that is world-famous for its beauty and distinguishing two main peaks: Mount Otemanu and Mount Pahia. Both of these peaks provide a stunning view against the backdrop of ice-blue sky and cotton-white clouds.
The other lesser known islandswhich make up the Society Islands chain as designated by English explorer Capt. James Cookare Huahine, Raiatea, Maupiti, Tahaa, Rangiroa and Manihi.
Papeete is the capital of Tahiti and is the most populated city among the islands. It is a city whose modern infrastructure can be attributed to French investment. It features modern banking, shopping and resort facilities rivaling other popular destinations. But despite this, visitors will find that Papeete is not overrun with tourists. There are plenty of places to find solitude on the beaches, as well as uncrowded shops and restaurants.
Shopping for souvenirssuch as French perfume, jewelry or clothesis a fascinating experience, but many tourists are enthralled by the island’s native black pearls, or aTahitian cultured pearls, which are very expensive. The pearls can be black, as well as gray, blue, green or brown. There are opportunities for visitors to actually dive for their own black pearls. While these gems are not as valuable as the pearls in the chic shops, diving for them is an interesting vacation activity.
There are other experiences on nearby islands that visitors should consider as well. Especially delightful is a visit to the Dolphin and Lagoonarium Expedition on Moorea. Here, tourists can swim with and feed sharks that range from two to four feet in length. There’s also an opportunity to swim with other varieties of fish, as well as handle loggerhead turtles and stingrays. Participants are picked up at their Moorea hotels and the cost is about $85 for adults, $52 for children.
Whether accessed by plane or cruise ship, Tahiti is a paradise that will leave you breathless.
Tom Wuckovich is senior editor of AAA Going Places.
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