The ultimate honeymoon destination is Tahiti. Being the largest island in French Polynesia, Tahiti is known for its black-beach sand, crystal clear lagoons, breathtaking waters and two volcanoes. With mesmerising natural beauty, the island offers honeymooners both privacy and intimacy.
Known for its exquisite overwater bungalows that tops almost every list of romantic getaway and honeymoon accommodation, this accommodation is both private and indulgent. But this is not the only accommodation as the island also has seaside hotels and resorts that are just as magical and will also make for the perfect honeymoon.
With sunny days, cool night and enough rainfalls to keep the lush vegetation lush, Tahiti has the perfect climate for your honeymoon. The average temperature all around is 27°C with the water temperature averaging 23°C making it perfect for scuba diving and snorkeling.
Dry season is between April and October and brings trade winds and a low humidity which is ideal for scuba diving visibility. July and August are the coldest months, and you will need to pack a light sweater in evening to keep yourself warm.
The rainy season is from November to March with higher humidity and more frequent rainfall. Even though it might rain, it is not constant and the island can still be enjoyed.
Tahiti is the perfect destination to just lounge in your bungalow or on the beach, and just relax. But for those who want to do a few thing you should try a few of these amazing activities:
Take a leisurely stroll along Waterfront Esplanade with its carnival feel with neon signs and food vendors everywhere.
The island is also known for watersports including diving, snorkeling, kayaking and boating. Land activities are also very important and include exploring the island, hiking, shopping and a quad bike tours.
Influenced by a variety of cuisines including French, Vietnamese, Chinese, Japanese and Italian, Tahiti has a wide variety of flavours and delicious food for you try. The island is renowned for its fresh fish and exotic fruits.
Known for its beach picnics, the islets of Motu serves guests freshly caught fish cooked over an open fire. Snuggle up at the campfire and watch the sun go down before tucking into a delicious meal.
For a fine dining experience with incredible views, reserve a table at Le Belvedere Restaurant. Situated on top of a 2000 feet hill, above the small town of Papeete, the restaurant is best visited around 5pm for a cocktail while the sun goes down. A 5 PM pickup allows you to arrive in time for a cocktail while watching the sunset.
A must-try dish is Taste Poisson Cru – a fish salad marinated with lime juice and served with coconut milk.
There are a few ways to get around Tahiti which include the following:
Known as le truck is the public bus system that runs throughout the island. The multi-coloured buses run in variety of places. Red and white buses run five miles along the west coast, green and white buses run six miles on the east coast, and orange and white bus that ran all over the island. You can flag down a bus from the side of the road and bus fare costs about US$2.
As Tahiti is an island, visitors to it can visit neighbouring islands of Bora Bora, Huahine, Moorea, and Raiatea by catamaran or schooner. A cheaper option is to take the public ferry to the same destination – the journey will be longer, but just as beautiful.
For excellent souvenirs head to Tahiti Arts & Crafts Villages which offers an incredible range of items including a variety of handmade articles of clothing, black pearl jewelry, and an array of woven and carved treasures.
If you’re looking for a shopping mall then head to Vaima Center which has a variety of shops at various cost points.
Whether you’re visiting Tahiti on your honeymoon – or just enjoying a holiday – you want it to be as hassle-free as possible, so be sure to purchase travel insurance before leaving home. It will make your special time away even more enjoyable as you’ll have peace of mind knowing that you and your belongings are covered (within your policy’s limits, of course) should anything go wrong.
As they say in the travel industry, if you can’t afford travel insurance, you can’t afford to travel!
Purchase your travel insurance when you book your trip and, depending on the policy you choose, you should be covered for theft, injury or illness.
Some travel insurance policies do not cover certain activities such as diving, hiking, parasailing, or renting a motorcycle, so ensure you read it before signing up so that you’re aware of what it does and doesn’t cover. Take a copy of your travel insurance documents with you when travelling.
The currency in Tahiti and the rest of the French Polynesia is the Cour de Franc Pacifique also known as the Franc.
Money in other currencies can be exchanged at the airport, major banks and hotels. It is important to check if you hotel and certain shops are authorised to do money exchanging. Most restaurants shop, and hotels will accept major credit cards. There are also ATMs in most tourist areas of the island.
If you’re bringing an sort of electrical appliance or electronics, be sure to check the voltage as it is 110v in French Polynesia. This especially applies to European honeymooners as they would need an adapted.
Because of humidity on the island, it is advisable to bring clothing that is made of light materials. Also pack something dressy for a night out at a restaurant or a nightclub. Don’t forget your beachwear like swimsuit, thongs, sunglasses, sunscreen, hat and after sun lotion. Sandals, sunglasses, hats and sunscreen are all a must.
Tipping in Tahiti is neither required nor expected as it is contrary to the Tahitian custom of hospitality.
At most high-end restaurants and hotels, the credit card receipt will have a place to add a tip, and at other restaurants a note will be attached to the bill saying “tips would be welcome!” Restaurants never add any extra charges to the bill. The price shown is the full price.