The Islands of Tahiti

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The Islands of Tahiti are known for their breathtaking emerald lagoons and island vibes.

But what really makes The Islands of Tahiti #TravelGoals is the immersion into the French Polynesian culture and cuisine.

Be Pure, Be Wise & the Mana will Live in You

Once you step into The Islands of Tahiti you are welcomed and pulled into the swing of the Polynesian lifestyle. The current generation of Tahitians has inherited a rich and expressive culture from their ma’ohi ancestors. The most important aspect of life to the Tahitians is their Mana. Mana is explained as purity and wisdom and they live by the saying, “Be pure, be wise and the Mana will live in you”.

Dance is Art in Motion

Tahitians give voice to their Mana through dance and rhythms. Their dance and music celebrates the resilience of the Polynesian culture to overcome and maintain their sacred expressions of life. They use percussion and string instruments to create their music. They can also be seen clacking together stones, shells, penu or coconuts.

Their songs are a cross between religious hymns and chants. Depending on which island(s) you’re exploring, you may hear the same hymn, but each island and district has its own interpretation of these hymns. Hymns are also accompanied by dancing. The most famous of their dances is the otea, which is choreographed around a theme. They also have the aparima, where the hands of the dancers mime history, the hivinau, and the pa’o’a. You will find yourself mesmerized by the energy of these traditions.

Tastebuds on Fire

The benefit of having fantastic weather all year round is the abundance of fruits, spices and vegetables grown by local farmers. The cuisine is unlike anything you’ve ever experienced. It’s flavorful, vibrant and nutritious.

Most fish dishes (perch, mahi mahi, and parrot fish) are served raw and almost everything incorporates coconut in some way, which makes it turn out deliciously creamy. Their desserts also feature coconut, along with fresh vanilla from the local plantations. You will be exposed to most, if not all, of their traditional recipes at the various restaurants and food trucks on the islands.

 

The Islands of Tahiti is not just a breathtaking, picture-perfect country. It’s rich with culture and delicious traditional cuisine. Immerse yourself into Polynesian traditions when you visit The Islands of Tahiti.

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The Islands of Tahiti by cruise ship? Yes, please.

If there’s one sense memory you won’t shake for life, it’s approaching The Islands of Tahiti from the water — watching as the islands grow in front of your eyes, emerging from the bright blue waters. Smelling the sweet, tropical flowers as they begin to waft around you. Touching your feet down on the warm, white sands.

There’s just one question – which vessel?

Cruise ship, yacht, superyacht or sailboat – how to choose? No matter. The South Pacific islands and atolls are made up of 118 islands and more than 1000 stopovers to fill your honeymooning soul.

Think luxury ships smaller than the average cruise line, greeted by friendly staff with flower leis strumming ukuleles to celebrate your arrival. No swells, pitching, or rolling will disturb you on the Polynesian lagoons surrounding the islands. They are protected by the coral reef that lives beneath the water, keeping it calm and smooth for your cruising pleasure.

Fill Your Itinerary, or Don’t

You’re completely free to choose when you cruise through The Islands of Tahiti. Never-ending adventure or complete tranquility?

If you crave experiences, onboard crews will teach you ancestral traditions such as weaving, dancing, and painting on pareos. Off the vessel, there’s only crystal-clear waters, colorful coral reefs and the marine life that inhabits it. On land, roam the tropical vanilla plantations, take a tour of the pearl farms, and fully immerse yourself into the Polynesian culture.

If you’re for full relaxation, you will be pampered to the full extent. The crew is not only attentive but extremely proud of their culture and history and keen to share their deep attachment to happiness and respect. Just being around their energy will instantly relax you. Sit and listen as they happily offer their insights to the islands.

Did you know? Seeing The Islands of Tahiti by sea is essential to experiencing 99% of the country — the land only makes up 1%.  So book your Tahitian cruise and start packing!

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