Described by many as the last paradise on Earth, Tahiti undoubtedly offers the quintessential tropical South Seas experience a luxury honeymoon demands. Historically known as French Polynesia but today, more commonly referred to as Tahiti, these enchanting islands in the South Pacific have inspired many a filmmaker and seduced a long succession of writers and artists over the years, perhaps the most famous of which is the post-impressionist French painter Paul Gauguin. His tomb on Hiva Oa in the Marquesas Islands continues to be a place of great pilgrimage. Traditionally a draw for romantic couples and honeymooners from all corners of the globe, Tahiti’s world-famous islands boast an astounding natural beauty which is hard to find anywhere else on the planet.
Island-hopping has long been the traditional way to explore these pearls of the Pacific and we suggest trying to combine at least two islands, or even three, if time and budget permit (ideally, two Society Islands and one in the Tuamotus). The local airline, Air Tahiti, offers the most obvious means of transport between the islands – but for those who enjoy being on the water, there are various options open to you. You can board the Aranui for a voyage of discovery from Tahiti to the remote Marquesas Islands (via a stop in the Tuamotus) – fascinated travellers go along for the ride to watch the Aranui’s spirited Polynesian crew sling sacks of copra (dried coconuts) to remote villages by day and strum ukuleles by night! Or if luxury sailing is more your thing – imagine boarding a private yacht with your own crew in Raiatea and disembarking three days later at the pontoon of your Bora Bora hotel! Only in paradise!
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If you’re planning a spring wedding in the UK, and an April or May honeymoon to Tahiti – you couldn’t pick a better time as you will benefit from low season prices – but still enjoy perfect weather in Tahiti! June to October is peak season so a stunning time to go but if you need to pinch the budget a little, go for April or May – your purse strings will thank you!
Don’t just visit one island, Tahiti is a wonderful island-hopping honeymoon destination. As well as the local island-hopping airline, why not treat yourselves to a magical helicopter flight from Taha’a to Bora Bora (it’s worth every penny!) or even charter a crewed yacht for a few days and sail from Taha’a to the pontoon of your chosen Bora Bora hotel – what better way to arrive at this legendary island!
Save Bora Bora or Taha'a for your overwater experience and go for the beach in Moorea! Moorea is our favourite isle for scenery – you will over-awed by the deep cut bays and lush mountains whilst the lagoons of Bora Bora and Taha’a are the most dazzling and turquoise of any in the world!
Play Robinson Crusoe and combine luxury with rustic island chic at one of our favourite tiny islands – either Vahine Island in the Taha’a lagoon or Le Sauvage Private Island in Rangiroa in the Tuamotu archipelago – castaway days don’t get much better than this!
Break the bank and start married life on the ultimate high. Head to The Brando on Tetiaroa, the private island owned by the late Marlon Brando! It's the most glamorous island resort to hit Tahiti’s shores – it's only accessible by private plane from Tahiti! Go on – you know you deserve it!
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