A potpourri of choice in the Islands of Tahiti
Consistently voted amongst the top 10 island destinations around the world, French Polynesia is blessed to be able to offer some of the world's most iconic Resorts and Hotels. The over-water bungalow, set against an idyllic turquoise blue lagoon of crystal clear water lapping against a shore lined with coconut palms, is synonymous with the Islands of Tahiti.
When considering a holiday in French Polynesia the first two questions many will ask are "where should I stay in Tahiti" and "how much will it cost"? A visit to the Islands of Tahiti is more affordable than you may realise. A range of accommodation options are available meaning that even the more cost-conscious travellers can experience this slice of paradise without having to enter the realm of the backpacker market as there are over 300 independently owned apartments and guesthouse properties scattered across a variety of locations throughout Tahiti's mainland and islands. You can live like a local, procuring local produce from markets and shops, as well as making the most of Tahiti's vibrant and diverse food scene that includes 'Roulottes' (food trucks) and many local cafe and restaurant dining options.
Resort and Hotel Accommodation
World class resort properties ranging from three to five-star are primarily located on the three most visited islands within the chain of islands known as the 'Society Islands' - Tahiti, Moorea and Bora Bora. You will also find resort accommodation on lesser known, yet equally spectacular islands such as Huahine, Rangiroa, Raiatea, Taha'a, Tikehau and Tetiaroa.
A mix of Polynesian style bungalows, over-water bungalows and hotel style buildings can be found. Restaurants and bars are available on all resorts, as are tour desks that can organise land and water based activities around the resort. For the latest special offers please click here.
Located in Papeete on the island of Tahiti you will find several smaller hotels ideally suited for business travel, city stopovers, and short stays before or after a holiday in one of the many islands in French Polynesia - there are 118 in total.
Located in downtown Papeete, two of the larger and more widely known properties are the Hotel Sarah Nui and Hotel Tahiti Nui. These are centrally located in close proximity to local restaurants and bars, and Papeete's port from where Cruise ships and interisland ferries depart. For those on a short layover who do not want to venture too far from the airport, there is the option of the Tahiti Airport Motel that is located immediately across the road from Tahiti's Faa'a International Airport. You can make your hotel booking with our hotel partner Booking.com.
For a more culturally immersive Polynesian holiday experience you may want to consider staying in a family-run lodge or guesthouse - also known as a Pension. There are four types of Ministry of Tourism-approved accommodation: bed and breakfast, half-board (breakfast and dinner), self-catering and full-board (all meals). Guesthouse accommodation is the perfect choice for anyone wanting to 'live like a local'. For more information on package prices click here
Scattered across the more heavily populated islands you have a selection of vacation rentals offering a mix of property types from holiday homes, to villas, to apartments, to a collection of bungalows located on a single property. Location can be equally varied, with some located at the edge of a lagoon and others a short walk or drive to the water. Some may also have a pool on-site.
The Vacation Rental is perfect for larger families or a group of friends who value their independence and prefer self-catering over dining out for all meals. It is also possible to arrange on-site catering for special gatherings. Since the standard of rental can vary we would recommend that you book with a specialist vacation rental provider who can ensure that you book the most suitable rental for your holiday.
Hostels and Camping
For the backpackers amongst us there is the option of Hostels and Camping. The hostels generally feature dormitory-style rooms. These low cost options are typically located on Tahiti and Moorea. You can make a booking on airtahitinui.com with our hotel partner Booking.com.
Cruising French Polynesia
A cruise vacation in French Polynesia is to many - a trip of a lifetime. However, with 118 islands to explore and several cruise companies plotting a course through the waters of French Polynesia you may want to set aside a few vacations because you will be spoilt for choice. You can view any of the special offers currently available through our special cruise partners by clicking here.
The largest Tahitian based passenger vessel is the MS Paul Gauguin - a boutique 5-star cruise ship that carries up to 332 passengers across the French Polynesian archipelago. Being signifcantly smaller than many ocean traversing cruise ships, the size of this ship makes the experience more personal and entering our secluded lagoons possible.
The more adventurous spirit may yearn for a more immersive cruise adventure that takes you off the path well travelled. If that ticks the box for you then you may want to climb aboard the Aranui-5, a Cargo Cruise ship that sails from Papeete to the far reaches of French Polynesia when it visits the Marquesas Islands. Along the way you will weigh anchor in Fakarava and Rangiroa in the Tuamotus island chain, and Bora Bora in the Society Islands. While a journey on the Aranui-5 may be more adventurous you will still travel in style.
Perhaps you've always loved to sail but now you just want a luxurious holiday where you can just relax and delight at the wonders on display. The 5-star sailboat experience onboard the Wind Spirit, an impressive 4-masted sailing ship that accommodates up to 148 passengers will take your breath away.
If you are looking for an even more personalised experience then perhaps you may be interested in a short cruise onboard the Haumana - a 12 cabin ship offering weekly mini-cruises of 3 nights between Bora Bora, Raiatea and Taha'a.
For the true mariner there is a plethora of charter yacht options offering skippered or bareboat sailing options. Poe Charter Tahiti operates a fleet of 16 catamarans, and offers tours embarking from Tahiti, Moorea, the Tuamotus and soon the Marquesas Islands. A selection of tour options are available from day-trips to multi-day island hopping charters. Tahiti Yacht Charter is based in Raiatea and offers private luxury cruise options onboard a fleet of 35 catamarans that sail within the Leeward Islands. Also based in Raiatea, you will discover Dream Yacht Charter operating a fleet of 26 yachts - a mix of monohulled and catamaran.
There truly is 'something for everyone' in French Polynesia. It's time to treat yourself to a holiday in the Islands of Tahiti.