Tahiti, known as the Island of Love, offers pristine beaches perfect for those evening strolls while the unhurried, easy pace of Polynesian life soothes you with its magic. The largest of 118 islands that make up the Society Islands in French Polynesia, Tahiti is surrounded by islands, which include Moorea, Bora Bora, Huahine and Raiatea. Each island is uniquely different, and breathtakingly beautiful. For those who love water sports the area is world famous for its snorkeling, scuba diving, and windsurfing and sailing. If you prefer staying on land, you might try exploring Tahiti on horseback, by bike or on foot.
Known for its long miles of beautiful beaches and pink coral reefs, Tahiti also offers the serenity of blue lagoons, lush coconut palms and fragrant tropical flowers. The Tahitians are world-famous for their graciousness and friendliness. and the smell of sweet hibiscus flowers fills the air as guests are greeted with flower leis.
The island of Tahiti is also a land of contrasts where ranges of lushly forested peaks plunge deep into the sea. The island's interior offers waterfalls flowing over sheer cliffs, rivers cutting through dense valleys of giant ferns and tropical rainforests.
Through the years, the island has remained unchanged. A Tahiti honeymoon offers couples a trip into an exotic world filled with island heritage and traditions born of the Polynesian culture. Traditional musical instruments such as thunderous drums, conch shells and flutes, are combined with traditional dances to provide a way to pass down the history of the Tahitian people.
Tahitian culture is also preserved in traditional arts and crafts including basketry, weaving, quilting and wooden sculptures and carvings passed down by skilled artisans. This makes for interesting shopping opportunities for honeymooners.
Attire is very informal in Tahiti so while you are shopping in one of the open-air markets, pick up a traditional wrap-around garment called a paseos.
Since all that shopping will make you hungry, stop for lunch in a waterfront cafe to enjoy island specialties like poisson cru. Made with only the freshest fish, typically tuna, halibut or rockfish, and brightly colored vegetables and herbs, it's a delicious Tahitian treat.
Island cuisine is a mixture of flavors from the cultures of the South Pacific, France, Italy and China. Seafood dishes made with tropical fruits including pineapples, papayas, bananas, coconuts, tropical watermelons and mangos are especially delicious.
Accommodations in Tahiti include small, thatched-roof bungalows. Some of these bungalows are suspended over the water. Imagine lying in bed, listening to the lapping of the waves against the dock as the tide comes in right underneath your room.
Tahiti welcomes only a fraction of the number of tourists that visit Hawaii or the Caribbean each year. Making the hustle and bustle of busier tourist destinations non-existent in this island paradise.
If you do not want to worry about any of the details of your stay, Tahiti also offers all-inclusive resorts and hotel accommodations. There is lodging for every taste and pocketbook. If you would like to take in other islands in the area, cruises provide unique lodging and are available.
Tahiti is a 7-hour non-stop flight from Los Angeles and 2 hours by plane from Hawaii. But once you arrive, you will know it is also a world apart. It has been said Tahiti is the most beautiful, romantic place on earth and once you visit, you won't want to leave the enchanting peace. A Tahitian honeymoon will leave you with wonderful memories, which will last a lifetime.