Likeavegan: Top Five - The Islands Of Tahiti
Not sure where to take your next tropical trip? While other other destinations offer sun, sand and clear blue water, The Islands of Tahiti are one of the few destinations that allow you to be embraced by mana - the life-force and spirit of the Polynesian people. The people, lifestyle and culture of Tahiti make set it apart from other destinations of its kind. Don't let a strict time limit stop you, it's possible to cram a whole lotta food, culture and relaxation into even the shortest visit to The Islands of Tahiti. With a little preparation and my Top Five, you'll be well on your way to making sure you hit all the hot spots on your visit.
ÎLES DU VENT, FRENCH POLYNESIA
A tour of Moorea's lagoon is basically non-negotiable when visiting The Islands of Tahiti. Hop aboard a boat and let your guide take you through the history and highlights of the island while gliding through crystal clear blue water.
Check out the reef sharks and rays, take a dip in the water and stop for lunch on a private motu where you'll be treated to a pareo tying show and coconut shaving demonstration - you'll go home wanting to make your own fresh coconut milk!
BOULEVARD DE LA REINE PŌMARE IV, PAPEETE, ÎLES DU VENT, FRENCH POLYNESIA
If street food is your jam, you cannot go past Les Roulottes for an inexpensive dinner in Pape'ete.
Choose from a selection of different cuisines from a range of food truck vendors, many of which have denoted vegan options on their menus - score! From stir-fries to burgers to pizza and everything in between, Les Roulottes has something to suit all tastes and slim budgets.
Take a seat in the open air, share a meal with your travel buddies and enjoy the spirit and culture of the Tahitian people.
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For a fancy night out, you've gotta get yourself to Restaurant Le Mayflower on the island of Moorea for some crazy good French cuisine.
With a little notice the talented chefs can prepare a vegan meal that'll knock your socks off whether you go with an entree, main or dessert (or all three!) Wash it down with a French wine or one of Mayflower's signature cocktails.
They'll even pick you up from your hotel and drop you back at the end of your meal - how freakin' classy is that?!
BP 28, MOOREA, MAHAREPA 98728, FRENCH POLYNESIA
Stretching your budget is well worth it to get an extreme dose of Tahitian food and culture at Hotel Sofitel Moorea Ia Ora Beach Resort.
Kick off your evening with a couple of cocktails while you enjoy the pareo (sarong) demonstration, basket weaving tutorial and an up-close and personal look at how to make fresh coconut milk.
As the sun goes down, head out onto the ground of the resort and watch the feast be removed from the ahima'a - the Tahitian underground oven. Surprisingly, quite a few items are vegan friendly, with plenty of vegetables, fresh salads and fruit as well as a banana cake made from starch and bananas!
Finally, take a seat with your plate and be wowed by the spectacular Tahitian dance show. With amazing costumes and choreography as well as some incredible fire twirling, this is one evening of entertainment you do not want to miss.
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With loads of fruit trees lining the streets of Tahiti, it's no surprise that Papeete Market (Marché de Papeete) is stacked with all kinds of fresh produce that'll make you wish you'd brought your kitchen with you.
Even if you can't take the produce home, there's still so many Tahitian treats you can take home with you to remember your trip. Check out the pareos and coconut oil products for an awesome souvenir.
Once you've stocked up on souvenirs, head upstairs and grab a snack before you hit your next destination.