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Island hopping - French Polynesia

French Polynesia - South Seas paradise in a family atmosphere

Highlights

  • South Seas dream: Get to know Tahiti, Raiatea, and Rangiroa

  • Spend the night in charming, family-run guest houses

  • In Tahiti, enjoy views of the glistening lagoon and lush landscapes

  • Get closer to the Polynesian culture during your stay on Raiatea

  • Enjoy the sweet life of the South Pacific on the Rangiroa Atoll

Description

Ukulele sounds drift through the air, the gardenias’ scents tingle your nose hairs, and romantic powdered beaches astonish all of your expectations. Welcome to French Polynesia paradise.

We’ve put together a South Seas trip for those who don’t want to overspend but still value quality, a family atmosphere, and relaxation. Experience the dreamy South Seas with itravel!

Destination

Oceania & South Pacific

Tahiti - Raiatea - Rangiroa

The best time to travel to South Seas is from April to October. The temperatures reach about 29°C during the day and a pleasant 22°C to 23°C in the evening. Between November and March, it’s quite humid, and the temperatures climb up to 32°C in the day and cool down to 22°C at night. Between January and March, it’s cyclone season.

Welcome to the South Seas! When you arrive at Faa’a International Airport in Papeete, the romantic South Seas sounds and the gardenias’ sweet scent will already greet you.

A transfer will take you to your accommodation on the quaint Tahiti Iti peninsula. Tahiti consists of two islands connected by a small piece of land, the Isthmus Taravao. The larger of the two is called Tahiti Nui, and the smaller is Tahiti Iti.

Tahiti’s natural treasure is not only the picture-perfect beaches but also the lush inland landscapes. The gentle green hills, waterfalls, deep valleys, and majestic mountains aren’t what you’d expect in the South Pacific. The Orohena and the Aorai are both over 2000 meters high and offer delightful paths for every hiker. For those who want to explore Papeete’s city life, natural setting, and exciting culture, then we highly recommend a city tour! At dusk, the locals gather at the harbor’s Vaiete Square for delightful sunsets. As the sky puts on a color show, treat yourself to freshly cooked food and live music at one of the harbor’s many French Polynesian food trucks.

Three nights with half board in Tahiti Iti, Society Islands, French Polynesia

Raiatea is the cradle of Polynesian culture and the religious center. An array of temples and spiritual sites dot the island, including the UNESCO World Heritage Site Marae Taputapuatea open-air temple. Around 1000 BC, this temple is where heads were crowned, sacrifices were made, and the New Zealand settlement was planned. Polynesian culture considers the marae site of the highest importance; they dedicate it to Oro, the god of war and fertility.

In addition to culture, Raiatea offers a variety of water sports. Whether you’re a lover of snorkeling, diving, sailing, or kayaking, everything is possible here! Did you know that most of the flowers seen at many Bora Bora hotels are planted on Raiatea? That’s why its nickname is the Garden Island!

We recommend fresh, raw fish for the foodies, like the traditional Poisson Cru cooked with coconut milk, lemon, fresh herbs, and a bit of garlic.

Three nights with breakfast in Raiatea, Society Islands, French Polynesia

As you fly over your final destination, you’ll already notice that Rangiroa is an enchanting place. Discover the atolls that lie in the deep blue ocean and their colorful reefs that surround it. Do these views look like something out of a picture book? As you meander around the Rangiroa motus, the vivacious ocean colors fade from light to dark blue. You will notice that these bright blue colors are a common theme within these islets, thus giving it the nickname “Rangiroa Blue,” and its Polynesian translation being “endless skies.”

Insider tip: Dive with black tip sharks and other marine life at the Tiputa Pass, where the lagoon joins the open sea.

For a dreamy South Seas experience, book a day trip to the Blue Lagoon. After about an hour’s boat ride, you will reach an indescribable paradise created by nature: a lagoon with a lagoon, a flawless sandy beach, coconut palms, and baby blacktip reef sharks swimming around your ankles ( don’t worry, they are completely harmless). Since the boat is not allowed to dock in the lagoon, walk the last few meters through the water until you reach the powdered beach.

Black pearls are a must when you visit French Polynesia. The islands export these elegant pearls to the rest of the world, making them famous as a breeding ground! Our tip: visit a pearl farm on Rangiroa and learn about the creation process. Get to know the unique beauty of Tahiti’s black pearls.

Today’s accommodation is the family-run Coconut Lodge, owned by a French couple who previously ran several guesthouses on Bora Bora. Our tip: Visit the Les Relais de Joséphine guesthouse on the Tiputa Pass. This location is a great spot to keep your eyes peeled for playful dolphins in the waves! Order a refreshing cocktail and watch the friendly animals jump in the water.

Three nights with breakfast in Rangiroa, Tuamotus, French Polynesia

Vanira Lodge, Tahiti, Society Islands, French Polynesia

The guest house nestles on a plateau in the middle of a lush forest, right in the surfers’ paradise of Teahupoo. Fantastic lagoon views allow you to forget about the stresses of reality and beach access is only fifteen minutes away. The bungalows were built from natural materials and offer views of either the garden or lagoon. Other amenities include an on-site restaurant and yoga classes. The airport is about 1.5 hours away.

Villa Ixora, Raiatea, Society Islands, French Polynesia

The guest house is on the island’s northeast side and about a five-minute drive away from the capital Uturoa. The five rooms boast a Polynesian style, and each includes free Wi-Fi. The guest house’s pontoon takes you directly to the lagoon, from where you can choose from an array of water activities.

Coconut Lodge, Rangiroa, Tuamotus, French Polynesia

The lodge nestles directly on a quaint sandy beach and lovely lagoon. In just five minutes, you can reach the famous Tiputa Pass by boat or car. The four bungalows, half right on the beach and the others overlooking the charming garden, welcome you with beautiful terraces and a private bathroom. Guests can rent bikes and explore the tropical atoll on their own.

Duration of the trip: 10 days / 9 nights

Including

  • Nine nights at the mentioned accommodations or similar:

    • 3 nights at Vanira Lodge with half board in a Haari Terrace Bungalow in Tahiti Iti, Society Islands

    • 3 nights at Villa Ixora with breakfast in a Garden Bungalow in Raiatea, Society Islands

    • 3 nights at Coconut Lodge with breakfast in a garden bungalow in Rangiroa, Tuamotus

  • A traditional lei

  • Catering according to the program

  • Transfers

  • Domestic flights

  • Handling fees

  • Taxes and fees (except city tax, to be paid on-site)

Excluding

  • International flights

  • Meals and drinks not mentioned in the scope of services

  • Optional excursions

  • Personal expenses, such as minibar and tips

  • The city tax is paid at check-out (1.26 EUR/night and guests 12 years and older)

Services and Notes

  • Flight time from Frankfurt am Main: approx. 30 hours

  • Experience has shown that the flight price is around 2,000 EUR per person and during the high season (May to September) around 2,500 EUR per person.

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