The Islands of Tahiti is made up of 118 Islands, 67 of them habited and we got to explore just 2! This guide takes you a little deeper into Tahiti and Huahine to give you a few more ideas on what you can see and do and how you can feel and experience the Mana of this amazing place. Each Island provides a different experience and while you might find palm trees and blue blue water everywhere you will find each Island has a unique feel and focus for you to explore.
Huahine is a hidden gem in the the cluster of Islands that makes up the Islands of Tahiti. A quick 30 minute flight by Air Tahiti from the main Island Tahiti brings you to a tropical paradise a world of difference from the busy Islands. Throughout the Islands you will experience the Mana or lifeforce and spirit of Polynesians but on this beautiful Island you feel it strongly. With a tiny population, lush green hills, magical blue water, incredible archeological history, beautiful pearls, warm and friendly people this Island is full of little gems to discover.
Take a short flight from Tahiti to what locals will tell you is their choice of destination. Huahine (pronounced hoo-a-heeny) will give you a real taste of island life and energise you with 'Mana' from the welcoming locals and natural landscape.Huahine may be small in size but it has plenty to do—you will wish you could stay longer, and I recommend that you do! It holds an authentic island life that makes living at a slower pace so darn appealing; you will feel uplifted with 'Mana' at every turn.
Connected by the essence of Mana, the fundamental spirit to embrace, The Islands of Tahiti are bound to leave you feeling relaxed, refreshed and most of all, even more connected than ever before. Unlike any other place on Earth, The Islands of Tahiti seem to have an energy that flows from its people and culture and beyond to the diverse range of landscapes. Nowhere else on the planet will you get to experience such a varied range of landscapes and activities that are bound to have you coming back time and time again. The essence of Mana is certainly prominent on the island of Rangiroa. We witnessed the friendly nature of the locals, raw beauty of the lagoon and appreciated the specialised training, commitment and tradition involved in the regions pearl farming whilst visiting the atoll - All intertwined by Mana. Here's my visual guide to exploring Rangiroa - The largest atoll in the Tuamotus.
A world-renowned diving location known for its abundance of underwater life, Rangiroa is the largest atoll in the Tuamotus and attracts travellers from all over the globe. For those with an urge to explore and wanting a break from their underwater adventures, there is still plenty to see and do on land. Here's a guide to help you embrace Mana, the life force and spirit of Polynesia, and enjoy the best of Rangiroa out of the water.
The Tuamotu Islands forms the largest chain of islands and atolls in French Polynesia spanning the size of Western Europe. Comprising of 77 narrow coral rings encircling deep blue lagoons, the main islands visited in this region are Rangiroa, Manihi, Tukehau and Fakarava.
The Tuamotus boast some of the best diving spots in the world. With excellent visibility, a menagerie of colourful marine life and and fabulous drop off point where divers can “shoot the pass”, adventures continue beneath the surface….
The Austral Islands (Marquesas Islands) are the southern most islands of French Polynesia, consisting of five islands along the Tropic of Capricorn. The region is essentially made up of two archipelagos, to the northwest are the Tubuai islands of Maria, Rimatara, Rurutu and Raivavae while to the south east are the Bass Islands of Rapa and Marotiri.
The atoll of Rangiroa is considered one of the best diving spots in the world. Known as the endless lagoon, the atoll consists of 240 tiny islets that are no more than 3 feet in elevation above sea level encircling an infinitely deep lagoon. A diver’s delight!
Raiatea is the second largest Tahitian Isle and was the centre of culture and religion for the South Pacific over a thousand years ago. Home of Mt Temehani, the Polynesian equivalent to Mt Olympus, this is where the rare Tiare Apetahi flower is found – a flower so rare that it is found nowhere else on earth. Each dawn it greets the sun with a slight crackling sound as it opens its petals, legends say it is the sound of a common woman’s broken heart who was not allowed to marry a Tahitian Prince.
Just half an hour’s flight from Tahiti lies the pristine island of Huahine – known by many as the South Pacific’s best kept secret and known by locals as The Garden of Eden.
A deep, crystal clear lagoon surrounds the two islands while magnificent bays and white sand beaches add drama and solitude to their virtues. Relatively unchanged by the modern world, it gives the traveler a taste of life in ancient Polynesia.