The two words, Tahiti and paradise, often go hand in hand.
Most people picture the overwater bungalow, overlooking the lagoon, with a backdrop of Bora Bora’s Mount Otemanu.
I think everybody remembers the first time they saw a picture of Tahiti. My first contact was very early on through Jean-Paul Gaugin. In middle school, he was introduced as one of the world’s most famous painters, and his art was largely influenced by his life in Tahiti.
With a total of 120 different islands, Tahiti is officially known as French Polynesia. No matter where you come from, you first fly into Papeete, the capital city on the island of Tahiti. From there, you then either take a ferry, a smaller plane, or a helicopter to get to one of the other islands.
Bora Bora and Moorea are most popular for their overwater bungalows. Some people however, have other interests. Whether it be diving, cultural heritage, pearls, or vanilla, Tahiti and her islands have offer something for anyone.
Time needed: Given the long flight (8 hours from LAX) and the considerable time difference, you should allow yourself at least 8 days.
Budgeting: A weeklong vacation on Tahiti for 2, including Coach class airfare and a stay in an overwater bungalow starts at about $10,000
Movies to watch before heading to Tahiti:
• Couples Retreat
• Mutiny on the Bounty – 1962 with Marlon Brando
• The Bounty
• The Ultimate Wave Tahiti 3D
• The Bachelorette Season 6 Finale
• The Amazing Race Season 2, first two episodes
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