This post is part of an ongoing series of all time favorite trips.
I’ve been to a few nice beach destinations in my life, but oh my goodness… Tahiti. What can I say? Don’t you want to dive in?
French Polynesia is the tropical paradise of your dreams. Consider the most magical color saturated island destination of your imagination, and let me assure you, Tahiti is it. I never knew the ocean could take on so many hues of crystalline blue… turquoise, azure, cobalt, and aquamarine.
I arrived on the main island (Tahiti) from Los Angeles very late at night and went straight to bed, having no clue what was beyond the hotel room. But when I threw open the curtains first thing the next morning, this view from Le Meridien Hotel greeted me. What a proper welcome!
Before arriving for this 7 day trip, I had grand plans for exploring top to bottom as I tend to get island fever after a few days.
But settling in after just one morning, I threw my agenda out the window. Instead, I let the surrounding blue pull me in, and I spent the most luxurious time lounging in the water and enjoying every second of it. The Tahiti waters are truly special, and I wanted to take full advantage of them.
The hotel offered le truck (open air trucks with benches in the back) shuttles into downtown Papeete, and one day I pulled myself away from the ocean to visit there. I found tree-lined promenades, cafes, historic buildings, and of course a little touch of local color.
Visiting right after Christmas, I got such a kick from hundreds of lamp posts decorated with inflatable Santas, flapping in island breeze against a backdrop of tropical ferns and clear sky.
One highlight of Papeete was the Marche Municipale (Municipal Market), a bustling place where vendors sell fragrant flowers, vegetables, local specialties, and island beauty products. Forget about simple coconut oil for the skin or hair. The secret to Tahitian beauty can be found in exotic Monoi, Tamanu, and Tiara Flower oils.
While I certainly enjoyed the hustle bustle of Papeete, I couldn’t wait to get back to the ocean for the most serene and ethereal time of day. Can you blame me?
My trip to Tahiti was several years ago, but even now when I’m feeling stressed at night and cannot sleep, I mentally plunge myself back into that water. I imagine myself swimming in the warm ocean, and I am instantly relaxed.
There’s so much more to say. Coming posts will be devoted to the Tahitian island of Moorea and of course, the delicious cuisine of French Polynesia. Stay tuned! For airfare and hotel deals to Tahiti, check out Air Tahiti Nui. They offer constant specials for different budgets.
Have you ever thrown your travel agenda out the window once you arrived in a place? What guided you instead? Do you enjoy beach vacations, or do you tend to get antsy?