Family Holidays in Tahiti
The picture-perfect islands of Tahiti are synonymous with an idyllic honeymoon or special occasion holiday (big birthdays and anniversaries) but they are also brilliantly suited to a family holiday with plenty to offer children of all ages. Whilst the flight time from the UK is, admittedly, long - and something we wouldn’t recommend doing in one hit when you have small passengers with you – we’re all for making the most of a stop en route to break the journey and give you two holidays in one! The most direct route from Heathrow to Papeete (Tahiti’s gateway airport) is via LA, and there’s no better place to spend a night or two than sunny Santa Monica – just eight miles from LAX. After you’ve recharged your batteries and explored some of the vibrant, child-friendly corners of LA and its surrounds, it’s a relatively painless eight-hour hop down to Tahiti, and what’s more, you’ll already be used to the time zone as LA is just two hours ahead of Tahiti time.
Once you’re in Tahiti, you'll know the journey was worth it when you see the mind-blowingly blue lagoons and the majestic green peaks rising out of the calm water. Younger children are well catered for in the brightly coloured and entertaining kids' clubs found in many of the resorts, where activities include crab racing, beach volleyball, coconut painting and Polynesian cooking, whilst older children and teenagers will love the water sports on offer everywhere, including snorkelling, stand-up paddleboarding, swimming with reef sharks, feeding stingrays or just splashing around in the pool. Most resorts offer babysitting services so you can enjoy some child-free romance in paradise, and the Tahitians are very family-focused and brilliant with children so you'll know your little ones are in excellent hands.
Tahiti family holiday highlights
There aren't actually any all-inclusive family resorts in The Islands of Tahiti. However, resorts are generous in what they include for families to enjoy. The kids' clubs are fantastic areas of fun for youngsters, while some resorts also offer excellent babysitting services. There are also a great range of complimentary non-motorised water sports which older children will love. If you stay on a half-board basis, then this will minimise the food and drink bill at the end of your stay, too.
The Islands of Tahiti actually have a great mix of family resorts spread across the different islands. When it comes to the best family resorts in Tahiti, they're all used to adapting their resorts and providing exciting activities for youngsters, whether it's a brilliant kids' club which taps into their imagination, or tweaking a dreamy overwater bungalow to make them kid-friendly.
Beyond the amazing kids clubs, there's plenty of things to do in Tahiti with kids. The mint-green lagoons which lap the beautiful beaches make for wonderful adventures, where your children can discover myriad marine life on a snorkelling adventure. Or, you can go swimming with reef sharks or feed stingrays. There's plenty to discover in the islands' lush interiors, whether you explore on foot on a jungle hike or zip along winding trails in a 4x4. There are lots to do for youngsters in Tahiti and plenty of family memories to create.
Best Family Resorts in Tahiti
Our favourite family resorts in The Islands of Tahiti include Four Seasons Bora Bora where your overwater bungalow can be child-proofed to ensure peace of mind; the newly renovated Conrad Bora Bora Nui Resort complete with a fabulous brand new Kids Club; Bora Bora Pearl Beach is great for older kids who enjoy mini-golf and tennis; InterContinental Resort Moorea has a Dolphin Centre and Turtle Care Centre on site; and if you're looking for the godfather of private islands, you can't beat a few nights at The Brando where families can retreat to their palatial villa on the beach complete with a private pool and where children will love the Lagoon School.
Tahiti family holiday FAQ
Despite its reputation as a honeymoon haven, The Islands of Tahiti is also a great destination for families. Resorts like Four Seasons Bora Bora can adapt their overwater bungalows to be safe for children, while many hotels have fantastic kids' clubs with activities for all ages from tots to teens, such as Conrad Bora Bora Nui. If your young ones love wildlife, then the InterContinental Resort Moorea has conservation centres dedicated to dolphins and turtles. There are lots of other child-friendly resorts across The Islands of Tahiti and our specialist will be happy to chat to further about what each one offers for your family.
Unlike other parts of the world, most resorts in French Polynesia don’t offer all-inclusive packages for families. Instead, you’ll often find that breakfast is included, and lunch and dinner can be pre-paid before your arrival, or paid for locally. We would advise including a half-board meal plan (breakfast and dinner) when booking your holiday with Turquoise, as meals are generally high across all of the islands in the archipelago. This takes the sting out of your check-out bill (especially if you have hungry teens!), and puts the pleasure back into ordering, as you won't be worried about the individual prices of each dish. In most cases, you'll save money by paying for meals in advance, too.
As soon as you arrive, we're sure the impossibly blue lagoons, soaring emerald mountains and powder-soft beaches will capture the imaginations of your children. Younger ones are well catered for with kids' clubs in resorts offering activities which are intertwined with your tropical location, such as coconut painting or crab racing. Older children can take pleasure in adrenaline-fuelled activities, with the likes of snorkelling, stand-up paddleboarding and zipping through jungle trails on an all-terrain vehicle. A lot of the resorts also offer babysitting services, in case you want some child-free time!
Yes! Crime across the islands is very low (even petty theft) and the locals are warm and friendly, proud people who will be excited to show you their home. Even with babies, The Islands of Tahiti is an extremely safe place to visit. Everything you will need you'll find in your resort and its staff will be on hand to offer any expert advice you might need during your stay.
There are no direct flights from the UK to The Islands of Tahiti. To get there, fly to Los Angeles (around 11 hours), before catching a connecting flight to Tahiti (around eight and a half hours). Other routes including flying from London via San Francisco to Papeete and also via Tokyo in the Far East.
British passport holders don’t need a visa to visit The Islands of Tahiti.
No vaccinations are currently recommended, although The Islands of Tahiti are deemed to have a risk of the Zika virus. If you’re entering Tahiti from a Yellow Fever zone, possession of a valid Yellow Fever inoculation certificate is required. For any current travel health advice, you should seek guidance from your GP at least four to six weeks prior to travel.
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