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Tahiti has rightfully earned the reputation as a paradise retreat full of bedazzling nature and colorful underwater findings. Allow your imagination to be taken as though a wave by the blue South Pacific waters that surround this tropical island. Hike a mountain until you reach French Polynesia’s highest point. Walk beneath waterfalls, take a dip in a green lagoon, or perhaps visit Papeete, a modernized island city full of esplanade walkways and warm local welcomes. It’s all here in the fantastical French Polynesian island of Tahiti.
Water Gardens Vaipahi
Tahiti Lagoon Paradise
Rise up with the sun and ready to hike Mt. Orohena, an extinct volcano that reaches the dizzying heights of 7,352 feet, is French Polynesia’s highest point. For those wishing to get lost in the clouds, guides are available to offer insight into the volcanoes slightly unusual rock formation, flora and vegetation. On a clear day the sweeping views from the peak of this mountain are endless and worldly.
Coconut trees, lily pads, and cascading waters; few gardens on earth can rival the tranquil vibe of the aquatic: Water Gardens Vaipahi. Located on the south coast of the Island, several tours will walk you through overhanging trees and spilling waters, whilst introducing you to fragrant lilies so intricate in detail, you’d be forgiven for thinking you’d entered the Garden of Eden.
Sun yourself beside the shallow waters found at Plague Vaiava. A popular spot for locals (always a good sign) and tourists alike, paddle boarding, a snorkel, or cool down swim are popular pastimes at this idyllic beach-side retreat. Lay back with a good book or company as you catch rays in this tranquil west coast setting that’s always in vogue.
A 45-minute drive from Papeete, winding roads lead to the falling waters of Faarumai. Enjoy this purely natural environment in utter peace. A short stroll through mape and coconut trees leads to two other waterfalls (Haamaremare Rahi and Haamaremare Iti). A dip in the natural pool waters found in this area will feel divine.
French Polynesia’s capital, Papeete bursts with authentic Polynesian life, enthralling museums (check out Pearl Museum), markets, excellent fresh cuisine, and charming local welcomes. Papeete’s main market, Marche de Papeete (5 am opening) bubbles with life as locals explore the various artisan stands and fresh food stalls on offer. The waterfront esplanade is the perfect spot to witness a crimson sunset in this modestly sized and modernized city.
The aptly named Tahiti Lagoon Paradise provides you with private tours that accommodate snorkeling alongside dolphins, turtles and tropical fish. Explore the jagged coral reef found in the underworld below. The streaked blues of these waters will enchant as you catch a breath, whilst taking in the stunning backdrop of Mount Orohena.
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