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Fun in the sun, French Polynesia
September 16, 2011
I have had the pleasure of going to French Polynesia numerous times and I am still in awe upon arrival of the exquisite Tahitian islands and that each has their own individual distinctions. To see these magnificent islands at their best I always recommend doing tours and activities on the islands. Here below are just some islands tours and activities that I have done and suggest to get the most out of an unforgettable vacation or honeymoon.
For Tahiti Island the Shared Full Day Circle Island Tour is a great way to see the larger part of the main island of Tahiti. You get to experience this in the comfort of an air-conditioned vehicle with a professional English Speaking guide. You will circle the 71 mile road around Tahiti with stops that include the Paul Gauguin Museum and a delicious buffet lunch at the Gauguin Restaurant. This tour is 6 hours long with pick up and drop off included from your hotel.
Moorea has a few great options for tours and activities. The 4x4 Safari is an action packed tour of the interior of Moorea with its majestic mountains and turquoise lagoons in a 4X4 vehicle. The tour goes to some of Moorea's most popular sites including Belvedere Point with spectacular views of both Cooks and Opunohu Bays. This tour is 4 hours long and includes pick up and drop off from you hotel. Moorea is the only island in which you can swim the dolphins, this activity is a once in a life time experience. You start with Meet & Greet option consist of 15 minutes of education and 15 minutes in the water with the Dolphins. They also have a program that includes swimming with the dolphins, just hold on to the Dolphin's fins and let him embark you for an unforgettable dive.
My favorite island for Shark feeding and Sting Ray feeding is Bora Bora. These tours either are half a day or a full day. The half day tour has four stops, one being the sting rays and another the stop is feeding the black tipped reef shark. Also included is a break on a motu for drinks and fruit snacks. The full day tour includes the sting ray and shark feeding as well but instead of the break for drinks and fruit you stop on a motu for a full lunch! The menu will include; fish, chicken, shrimp, Polynesian vegetables, raw fish salad with coconut milk, coconut rice, Tahitian bread and tropical fruits. I have included a pick of the sting ray feeding that I was able to do, what a good time! Another great tour which I highly recommend on Bora Bora is the Jet Ski tour. It is action packed and a great way to see the lagoon. During the tour around the island of Bora Bora you stop and have coconut show and fruit juice as well. This tour is 2 hours long. The last tour I recommend on Bora Bora is the 4x4 Safari, as sometimes it is nice to be on land and it is a great way to see the main island for Bora Bora. You will get to see old military tracks including some World War 2 sites the Americans built during their friendly takeover of the island in 1942 (picture included is me with one of the guns from WWII). During the tour there is a magnificent lookout point 300 meters high where there is a spectacular view across to the neighboring islands of Raiatea, Tahaa'a and Maupiti.
These tours are just some that are available on each of these top island getaways.