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Visit Tahiti and discover the allure that has captivated artists, athletes, and travelers from every continent. Located in beautiful French Polynesia, the Society Islands of Tahiti offer an amazing destination for anyone who is looking for a dream vacation. From our Tahiti hotels, sail out and stroll the sands of ...Read Full Description
- Bora Bora, French Polynesia; Moorea, French Polynesia; Papeete, French Polynesia; Raiatea, French Polynesia; Tahiti
- Trip Length:
- 11 days
- Price Range:
- From $1200 to $6000 (Inquire with Lexicon, we always shop around for the best price for our clients. ) per person See what this includes and what this excludes
- Best Time to Go:
- Any time.
- Recommended for:
Children (6 - 8)
Children (9 - 11)
Children (12 - 14)
Children (15 - 17)
Adults (18 - 20)
Adults (21 - 24)
Adults (25 - 29)
Adults (30 - 39)
Adults (40 - 64)
Anniversary, Honeymoon, Romantic Getaway
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Visit Tahiti and discover the allure that has captivated artists, athletes, and travelers from every continent. Located in beautiful French Polynesia, the Society Islands of Tahiti offer an amazing destination for anyone who is looking for a dream vacation. From our Tahiti hotels, sail out and stroll the sands of a motu or lounge over water in a luxury bungalow. ------ With 118 islands and atolls that comprise this ideal South Pacific destination, the islands of Tahiti continue to seduce vacationers in search of tranquil escape. Islands boasting high, rugged mountain peaks, coral reefs, white sand, palm-fringed beaches, turquoise-blue lagoons and emerald-green waters, this island paradise has something for everyone.
Tahiti - Papeete
The Hub to Paradise ~
Tahiti is the main island that you will fly into. Tahiti is a beautiful island and offers activities that are exclusive to the island.
Best United States airport hubs are Los Angeles or Honolulu ~ flights depart daily into Papeete Airport ------
Tahiti is a great island, and its good for about a day, but compared to the phenomenal islands that surround at just a stones' throw away - its probably in your best interest to use it as a hub to paradise.
Tahiti does offer a range of adventures with its mountains, valleys and waterfalls that are definitely worth a visit ------
Inter island Tahiti flights are only available during the day, so best to depart out of US on a red eye, available non-stop on Tues, Thurs and Sat (LAX) ~~ Next stop, Paradise
Day 1 - Tahiti
Every bit as seductive as the desert island of your imagination, Tahiti was Captain Cook's gateway to French Polynesia.
Tahiti, the largest island throughout the country, towering over the ocean like a proud and royal Queen is appropriately crowned by a circle of majestic peaks.
The mountainous interior is adorned with deep valleys, clear streams, and high waterfalls, all bathed in green iridescence of Mother Nature's light. The coastal lands, edged with a rugged coastline, are home to fields of tropical flowers and most of the island's population.
Papeete, now the invigorating capital city and gateway of the country, boasts world-class resorts, spas, fine dining and unique restaurants, nightclubs, vibrant markets, pearl shops, and boutiques.
Visit Mount Aorai and ascend more than 600 ft. in height. Enjoy seeing the valleys and waterfalls and make special discoveries. This hiking trip is great for all levels, from beginner, intermediate to experienced. ------
The trails are not all that fancy, very simple and natural. Its unspoiled by man, and can also be dangerous. Rivers can overflow rapidly due to rainfall, so its always best to trust a professional tour guide while in the glorious Mount Aorai
Within the unpopulated and lush jungle-like interior of Tahiti Nui is an unspoiled world of towering waterfalls, deep flower-filled valleys, large lakes, and colossal green peaks rising over one mile above the valley floor. This hidden treasure of Tahiti is best explored by a guided 4X4 safari, breathtaking helicopter tour, or on a hiking trip led by a naturalist.
Stops can include spectacular waterfalls and natural pools (some in which you can swim), mountain peaks with panoramic views, archeological sites , grottos, and lava tubes.
Tahiti Iti is much less sparsely populated and developed than its bigger twin, Tahiti Nui. Paved roads dead-end about halfway down its north and south sides. A series of cliffs plunge into the sea on Tahiti Iti's rugged east end. While the north shore holds historical interest, the south coast has Tahiti's best beach and its top surfing spot. ------
Some main attractions include: Taravao Plateau, Tautira (where Captain Cook set anchor), the thickest barrels at Teahupoo will have you amazed at the village de surf (surfing village) where you have beachside park overlooking the big waves curling around Havaa Pass
Whether you depart by flight or ferry, Moorea is a just a stone's throw away from Papeete. ------
For about $65-$80, you can catch a 15 minute non-stop flight to Moorea; About every 3 hours, an inter island flight on Air Tahiti departs out of Papeete starting at 7am - The last inter island flights are usually around 3:50pm or 4:50pm at the latest, NO INTER ISLAND NIGHT FLIGHTS, PLAN ACCORDINGLY ------
For less than $10 per person one way, you can take a 30 minute ferry ride from Papeete to Moorea, it departs every weekday at 6am, 730am, 405pm, 530pm (weekend has less departures). Its a beautiful ferry ride, and with a plethora of transfer services available at the airport to ferry port for a reasonable price - ferries should be seen as the ideal way to go to Moorea, not any less convenient than an inter island flight. ------
If you'd like to take the scenic route on your journey between Papeete and Moorea, jet-powered catamarans depart for Moorea hourly beginning at 6:15 a.m. from downtown Papeete's the main dock.
Nights 1 - 3 - Moorea
"The Magical Island" - wide, shallow lagoon surrounds the island's vertical mountains with poetic waterfalls tumble down cliffs.
Just a short jump from Tahiti, Moorea takes you back to a time when South Seas life followed the gentle rhythms of sea and sun. Relax at a Moorea Resort, explore ancient archaeological sites in the Punch Valley, fine-dine Polynesian style at your Moorea Hotel, scuba dive in the lagoon, or hike the lush trail from Vaiare to Paopao. Seductively beautiful, our Moorea packages will have you under their spell. ------
In addition to its high and scenically dramatic interior mountains, Moorea is unique among the Society Islands in having magnificent expanses of both white and black sand beaches. It is no stretch to say that the beaches of Moorea Island can be rated among the worlds finest.
This is the quinessential introduction to the Magical Island. Its a peaceful road that wraps around the island, dotted with fruit-tasting stops, pineapple fields, quiet beaches, and unique shopping experiences. ------
While on road, you will come across a enchanted dramatic landscape of bright-green valleys encircled by the sentinel-like mountain ridges as well as coffee plantations, pineapple fields, local villages, Belvedere lookout, Cook's Bay, of course gorgeous translucent lagoon water, and much more. ------
The highlight of the Moorea tour is the Belvedere lookout. The Belvedere lookout offers one of the best views of Moorea, great vista of Opunohu and Cook's Bay and also the island's scenic mountain Mt Rotui. ------
As opposed to a traditional tour, another popular way to experience the Circle Island Tour are the ones that take you take the Road by bus or mini van. Most of these tours will circle the island at a leisurely pace (both 1/2 and full days), stopping at all the most popular sightseeing spots. There is always a knowledgeable guide describing the details and history of what you are seeing~
Moorea's most spectacular sites are seen from this easily reached overlook. Located in the center of the island, visitors marvel at the panoramic views of the twin bays and the plantations of Opunohu Valley. The overlook is a popular stop on circle-island or 4x4 tours. ------
Belvedere Overlook is considered the best place to get a panoramic mountain top view of Moorea and the south pacific. The overlook is a common place site for photographers and anyone who wants to view miles of bright blue ocean of French Polynesia. The Opunohu Valley is another must see attraction of the Tahiti Islands. The large valley in the interior of northern Moorea is the ideal place to go horseback riding and hike through lush vegetation. ------
The majestic mountains are fully accessible to everyone. By air, helicopter tours fly into canyons and along ridge tops. By road, a 4x4 ventures past plantations, across streams, into deep valleys, and up to waterfalls. By foot, guided hikes of all levels follow winding rainforest trails and up to high mountain overlooks.
Due to lack of strong currents, and the abundant marine life, the shallow waters around Moorea are ideal for year-round snorkeling. All ages can enjoy dozens of perfect snorkeling spots close to the resorts and around the island. Local guides will take you to snorkel among schools of gentle rays. ------
Snorkeling is quite possibly the overall favorite activity of all visitors arriving to any island of French Polynesia. At Moorea, the water is crystal clear and warm. The marine life is abundant and interesting. Simply put, this island is a snorkeler's dream. Moorea also has an abundance of coral reefs that can be explored by scuba diving and snorkeling.
Many of the hotels and pensions can furnish you with basic snorkeling gear to explore the beach right out your front door ~
I recommend that you bring your own gear ~~ for a low price of a decent new mask, fins, and snorkel, combined with relatively low space needed to carry them with you, we feel the clear waters and freedom of being able to just break out and use your own gear is well worth the effort! You avoid the shoddy gear that a hotel will provide, and thus enjoy yourself much more in your own comfortable gear.
Encounters with the ocean's friendliest residents are waiting at Moorea Dolphin Center at the InterContinental Resort Moorea. Here, adults swim side by side with dolphins, while children wade in the waters with them. For an educational excursion, expert guides lead dolphin-watching boat tours into the ocean to observe them in their native habitat as well. ------
You can also enjoy the Apnea program which is designed specifically for you. After an introduction to marine biology, you will observe these incredibly skilled swimmers underwater. They will parade in front of you, performing jumps and flips. Just hold on to the dolphin’s fins for an unforgettable swim. ------
If you would like to watch from afar, Encounter wild dolphins and whales on the most exciting and informative eco-tour in French Polynesia, led by marine biologist Dr. Michael Poole’s research team. Observe, learn, and photograph acrobatic dolphins, magnificent whales, and the dramatic beauty of Moorea’s translucent, blue-green lagoon.
Small Ship or Yacht Cruise
This activity does not need a lot of explanation, its simply perfect while in Moorea ~
Late in the afternoon when the sun is low on the horizon, enjoy a beautiful sunset aboard a motorized catamaran at the famous Cook and Opunohu Bays of Moorea. To complete this romantic moment sip on a refreshing cocktail and allow the crew to take care of everything!
This is an intimate sunset cruise on the stunning bays of Moorea and see the horizon slowly change hues to red, pink and even purple.
Food and Dining
Moorea probably has more restaurants than any other Tahitian island besides Tahiti. Dining locations can basically be divided between the restaurants at the various hotels and pensions, and private, non-hotel related dining.
Cuisine ranges from basic island staples like fruits and fish dishes to world class French and international cuisine, prepared by a variety of chefs, some imported directly from Paris!
As with all islands in Tahiti Polynesia, the food is usually delicious, but you may have to sample different restaurants before you find one that suits your taste and budget.
LOCAL & FRENCH CUISINE ------
Understandably, many of the restaurants on Moorea feature fine French and Tahitian style cooking techniques and dishes.
Below are some of my personal favorites:
Food and Dining
This lovely Restaurant & bar located dockside on picturesque Cooks bay. French and European cuisine along with refined Tahitian seafood & steak specialties.
This spacious overwater restaurant has a fantastic view of Cook's Bay and the peaked mountains. Service is very friendly and fish are waiting in the lagoon for a piece of bread. In the evening, you will have a wonderful sunset during dinner.
Located on the Hotel Kaveka dock, (B.P. 373, Maharepa) - MOOREA
Food and Dining
Tahiti is in the French Polynesia area (I know I'm not telling you anything you don't know), hence there is a huge influence of French cuisine. French chefs flock to work in paradise ~ bringing a vast array of recipes, ingredients and talent to create some of the best food in the world.
After I visited Restaurant Le Martinez, I graduated from a fish student to a fish connoisseur ~ the flavor is out of control fantastic; the delicate ingredients bring out just how good and fresh the fish is. Unlike other French Cuisine, the food here is on center stage, not the chef. With that said, The French Chef/Owner Dider will personally sit you down. He takes pride in every meal, even take out!
Food and Dining
Looking to escape the crowded restaurants (relative term) and find a quiet, inexpensive, yet phenomenal place to snack? Look no further than Hilton Moorea Restaurant ~ ToaTea Bar ------
Built over a natural aquarium, Toatea Bar appears to float on water, offering sweeping views over the lagoon and Moorea’s majestic peaks. Relax and admire the magnificent sunsets as you indulge with cocktails in this trendy bar or choose a delicious French crepe as the perfect option for a light dinner in a unique and intimate setting.
Food and Dining
Te Honu Iti or "Chez Rodger": The Restaurant with Two Names!
Just five minutes from the Club Bali Hai, Chef Roger's Te Honu Iti is its own slice of paradise. Your table on the spacious terrace overlooking Cook's Bay will be the setting of one of the most elegant and delicious meals you'll find on Moorea ... even as the lights below illuminate the vibrant fish and impressive rays swimming by hoping for a taste of freshly baked bread. You can even feed them yourself, if you wish!
Te Honu Iti's first class menu offers both the fantastic French fare you'll come to expect on the island as well as a few surprises. You'll find a selection of wine here you won't find anywhere else on the island and an excellent, fully stocked bar. The perfect atmosphere, the unflaggingly attentive service and the thoughtfully prepared food are their own reward for choosing to spend your vacation in Tahiti!
Food and Dining
One of the most romantic places to eat, its a must try while in Moorea. A late night candlelit dinner, Rudy's offers a perfect setting for a party of two.
This hacienda-style steakhouse is the latest creation of Tahiti-born Syd Pollack, who has started several restaurants and other projects both here and in Hawaii. This one is named for his son Rudy, who oversees the kitchen here. In addition to tender New Zealand steaks, there is fresh local seafood. I always check the specials board for the likes of parrotfish grilled and stuffed with crab, or beef in a red-wine sauce, but with island influences.
The parrot fish is the staple at Rudy's~ try it.
Hilton Moorea Lagoon Resort & Spa is nestled between two bays on the heart-shaped island of Moorea and is set against a beautiful mountain backdrop which melts into a crystal clear lagoon. Feel at home in a stylish bungalow decorated in a contemporary Polynesian style with beautiful views of the beach or gardens from the private terrace.
Relax under the shade of swaying palm trees at the sparkling outdoor infinity pool. Explore this Moorea resort’s white sandy beach or relax in the luscious gardens. Visit the scenic lagoon, teeming with friendly tropical fish, and a gentle water playground for guests. Sample French Polynesian favorites served al fresco while taking in spectacular views of the South Pacific at the panoramic Arii Vahine restaurant.
Enjoy a cocktail as the sun sets on this island paradise in the overwater Toatea Bar, or dine from the comfort of your Guest Room with 24-hour Room Service. Experience the Moorea Lagoon Spa, an oasis of relaxation. ------
Book with Lexicon and Receive complimentary in the Rate: XFP7000 Spa Credit per Room, per Stay || In Room Welcome Amenity || Full Breakfast for two Daily at Arii Vahine
Located on the northwest coast of the island and sheltered from the prevailing winds, the InterContinental Moorea Resort & Spa stretches luxuriously between mountains and lagoon, in the heart of an 11-hectare green space housing nearly 200 different plant species.
In this exceptional setting where deep greens and brilliant blues rival one another’s intensity, the InterContinental Moorea Resort & Spa offers you an immersion in a true tropical paradise.
Situated on one of the most spectacular tropical islands of French Polynesia, and set within 27 acres of lush gardens, this resort provides a magnificent setting for a memorable South Seas vacation. ------
Book with Lexicon and Receive complimentary in the Rate: Full Breakfast for two Daily at Fare Nui Restaurant || One two-course Lunch for two, Once During Stay (Excludes Drinks) || 6,000 CFP Beverage Credit, per Room, per Stay
Sofitel Moorea la Ora Beach Resort is settled on the edge of a magnificent lagoon, with views over the island of Tahiti. The resort, recently renovated, features 114 luxurious bungalows built over the water, on the beachfront or surrounded by landscaped gardens. Facilities include two excellent restaurants, a bar, a fabulous outdoor swimming pool and day spa. Moorea has one of the worlds most beautiful beaches and a variety of motorized and non-motorized water activities can be arranged for guests.
Subtle sophistication in the midst of incredible countryside, our hotels invite you, in elegant surroundings, to savour the softer side of life and simply relax and feel good. The ideal destination to appreciate true luxury and invigorate your whole being, both the inner and outer self. ------
Book with Lexicon and Receive complimentary in the Rate: Full Breakfast for each Guest Daily at Pure Restaurant || VIP Check-In
Welcome Fresh Fruit Amenity || Upgrade || Early Check-In, Late Check-Out
Request Bungalow 27!!
One of Moorea's best values, this friendly, French-owned establishment sits in a coconut grove beside the sandy beach wrapping around the island's northwestern corner. The widely spaced bungalows stand back in the trees, which gives the small complex an open, airy atmosphere. They also are far enough from the road to be quiet.
The "standard superior" bungalows have L-shaped settees facing sliding glass doors to covered porches. Behind the settee, a raised sleeping area supports a queen-size bed, and behind that, a fully tiled bathroom has a sizable shower and vanity space. To the rear of the property, other bungalows are equipped with kitchens and can sleep up to five persons.
Breakfast, Dinner included in the rate.
The Moorea Pearl Resort & Spa is situated on 7.5 acres of white sand beachfront , a short drive from arrival points on the island (5 mn from the airport and 10 from the boat landing) and two miles from the magnificent Cook ' s Bay.
This traditional Polynesian style hotel offers 95 rooms and bungalows. It features 28 Over Water Bungalows, 9 Beach Bungalows, 28 Garden Bungalows and 30 Garden Rooms & Family Rooms
Moorea, soaring magically out of the ocean in an explosion of green velvet, is what you would imagine a South Seas island to be.
A wide, shallow lagoon surrounds the island ' s vertical mountains where poetic threads of waterfalls tumble down fern-softened cliffs. Peaceful meadows flanked by pinnacles of green will fill your senses and renew your belief in the majesty of nature. Pastel-painted houses surrounded by gardens of hibiscus and birds of paradise, circle the island in a fantasy of happy, yet simple villages.
**Moderate Budget Option** ------
FENUA MATA'I'OA Hotel is situated in the northwest of Moorea, in the village TIAHURA, in border of lagoon.This very privileged situation offers to our guests a later sun on an arm turquoise blue lagoon, an exceptional light and magnificent sunsets.Moorea is the sister island of TAHITI which it's separate only 17 kms.
Our Hotel cannot define itself, he is unique in POLYNESIA.It's one scholar and surprising mixture of styles.It's the synthesis of several universes...furniture of style, pandanus, bamboo, coconut, colored painting, treasures were returned by journeys...Everey object tells a story, a meeting.It's a true Ali Baba's cave but it also the reign of the relaxation...Confortable terraces, skillfully decorated where the light is filtered by bamboos and where reign an indescribable atmosphere.
Flights depart daily, non-stop out of Moorea to Raiatea. From Raiatea - your destination is just a short water taxi ride from the airport to Le Taha'a~
Nights 3-6 - Raiatea
"The Vanilla Island" - Rich aroma of vanilla lingering heavily in the air, Taha'a offers a glimpse of the traditional, tranquil life of the Tahitians.
THIS ITINERARY IS DESIGNED FOR TAHA'A, NOT RAIATEA
The flower-shaped island's simple beauty is charmed by soft mountain shapes and surrounded by tiny motu with bright sand beaches. In the fertile valleys cutting within the island, local farmers grow watermelon, vanilla, and copra.
Seclusion is the norm, the entire island is practically yours ~
The island of Taha'a, formerly called Uporu, shares the same lagoon as the island of Raiatea.
Taha'a is symbolically called the Vanilla Island. It is on these fertile lands that the Tahitian vanilla is cultivated to become one of the best and most fragrant one, sought after by the best Chefs around the world. Tahitian pearls are also produced in Taha'a. A few pearl farms have found their shelter in the island's pure waters.
A sojourn in Taha'a is an experience out of the ordinary. The island is blessed with lush mountains and valleys, turquoise lagoons, virgin "motu" islets. Taha'a has it all! Truly authentic, away from busy Tahiti… Fishing, vanilla, pearl farms, agriculture and tourism are part of their daily lives. There is something magical and poetic about Taha'a, and it just seems like time has stopped, allowing each and everyone to enjoy this land of beauty at their own pace.
The scented air of Taha'a comes from the fragrance of vanilla pods curing in the sun. Over 80% of Tahiti's harvest of this famous spice is grown here. Plantation tours include strolling among the rows of climbing orchids and a demonstration of the pollination and curing process. ------
By foot, follow a guide along ancient footpaths including a trek to the Temehani Plateau and to the slopes of Mount Temehani to see the opening of the Tiare Apetahi flowers. ------
OR - take a 4x4 tour - Tahaa is also known as the Vanilla Island and Raiatea's sister as the two islands share a lagoon. Breathe in the heavy scent of vanilla, gaze upon the wondrous black pearl and take photos of the incredible scenery after a drive in the 4x4. End your day with a delicious meal on a motu and a boat tour of the island.
Le Taha'a is surrounded by pristine waters and is located steps from an incredible coral garden. You will get up, close and personal with the teeming sea life and the most adventurous ones may experience the drift snorkel that carries you from the small reef at the edge of the islet right to the heart of the coral garden.
A favorite of all divers, the shared lagoon between the islands is rich with numbers of sites and in variety including landscapes of sea mounts, caverns, drop-offs, and famous wrecks.
The calm and secluded lagoon is home to a wide variety of reef fish and plant life. Since fish-feeding is practiced, the lagoon attracts large schools of eels, perches, triggerfish, red snappers, silver jacks, tunas, red runners, and reef sharks.
When you have an opportunity to visit a motu, you will find that upon leaving, your heart never does.
A motu is a little island made up of nothing but coral and it's derivatives - sand, limestone boulders etc - that have been bulldozed from the mother reef during storm waves and strong swells. ------
Any island that has a barrier reef can have them, as you can see at islands like Tahaa or Bora Bora. "There is a scientific word equivalent for motu in French, the word 'caye,'" explains Jaques Iltis. ------
Tahaa, Bora Bora and Maupiti for example have sunk much farther than the islands in the East and thus have more motu. Hoa are the shallow channels between motu that link the lagoon to the sea. ------
Enjoy A Motu Lunch >
We can arrange a lunch set on a private islet, white sand, pristine lagoon, palm trees and a musical duo.
Food and Dining
A personal message from the Chef ~
You'll have to come to Taha'a for one of our great seafood dinner, have a few drinks and see why we are most recommended restaurant here.
Our famous "Marina Menu" contains daily catch of the local fisher men, lobster, shrimp and homemade "poisson cru" available on your particular evening.
You can also pick just one of them or order stake or grill fish.
Crab, Mantis Shrimp, Slipper Lobster are also available. ( depend on season )
I am sure your experience at my restaurant makes you feel true Polynesian hospitality.
Tama'a Maitai !
Island of Tahaa 98734 Tiva Islands Sous le Vent, French Polynesia
Food and Dining
Chef Bruno François cooks excellent French fare at his restaurant on the waterfront in Haamene village, at the head of the bay. He also serves salads and burgers, making this the best stop for lunch on a tour of Tahaa. The crab salad is excellent, as is Bruno's mahimahi in beer sauce. His fixed-priced tourist menu includes a cocktail and three courses. The nighttime clientele is mostly local, but yachties often tie up at the dock out front.
Food and Dining
The Ohiri Restaurant is the resort's gourmet and gourmands dining option. The Chef will delight you with some creative French- Polynesian fusion cuisine. And the Sommelier with the selection of varied and reputed wines from our cellar. ------
Combines creativity and taste accompanied by prestigious French and foreign wines
Atmosphere is nice and cozy, warm and romantic… Reservations are required. The Ohiri can be privatized for families or groups. Dress code : Island Chic (no shorts nor flip flops)
Food and Dining
The owner is a fantastic cook, her mahi mahi with a vanilla sauce is to die for.
Through, European and Tahitian meals you will taste Florence’s original and particular dishes without forgettign the delicious desserts (waffles, chocolate fondant, coconut flan and Taha’a vanilla flan).
Part of the exclusive Relais et Chateaux collection, Le Taha'a Island Resort & Spa welcomes you to a world of pristine beauty, a timeless universe of sophistication and authenticity. Located on the secluded Motu Tautau, facing the island of Taha'a on one side and the most perfect view of Bora Bora on the other side, the resort inspired by Polynesian architecture and style hosts 60 stunning suites and villas, 3 restaurants, a spa and well-being haven, a Fitness center, scuba diving programs, a tennis court, an open air swimming pool, and a helipad. ------
With the 5 Cs - Charm, Courtesy, Character, Cuisine, and Calm - defining the Relais et Chateaux way of life and philosophy, Le Taha'a Island Resort & Spa also rhymes with intimacy, harmony and serenity. Attention to details and personalized service will greet each traveler. ------
Pleasure for the eye, pleasure for the palate, pleasure for all senses... Welcome to Le Taha'a world... World of emotions, world of culture and discoveries... A heavenly retreat to be unveiled... ------
Book with Lexicon and Receive complimentary in the Rate: 30 Minute Massage per Person, at the Spa, Once During Stay ||
Split of Deutz Champagne in Room upon Arrival || Upgrade || Full Breakfast for two Daily at Vanille Restaurant
Located in the paradise of the Motu Tu Vahine, small private 9-hectare island in the middle of Tahaa lagoon, the hotel VAHINE ISLAND has everything to make your stay unforgettable. Luxury hotel on a private island, this is everything and more you would expect from Tahiti.
White sandy beach, superb coconut lights and shadows, coral garden where you will discover the Polynesian fauna, shades of blue lagoon and stunning sunsets over Bora Bora, you will fill, and will leave you with exceptional memories.
A timeless place, unique and magical, where calm and sensuality are synonymous with charm and serenity.
Professionalism, kindness and availability of our team are the "core strengths" of Vahine.
Since 2006, Vahine Island is a member of the prestigious chain of Small Luxury Hotels of the World .
**Moderate Budget Option ------
Ideally located on a private “motu”, in the north of Tahaa Island (the Vanilla Island), this small and cozy hotel will charm you by its intimacy and authenticity.
Built in the pure Polynesian style, its 9 bungalows perfectly dovetail to the site.
In order to enjoy the sunsets on Bora Bora, let’s have a drink in our bar where you’ll find a big variety of exotic cocktails.
Our private shuttle greets you directly at Raiatea airport. After 30 minutes enjoying Tahaa lagoon, you’ll be settling comfortably and be ready to enjoy your stay.
In our restaurant you can take your breakfast watching the lagoon, your lunch listening to the sound of waves and enjoy a romantic diner in the Pacific atmosphere. Our chef will make you discover its famous cooking, with its local savours.
Tahaa is a wild island with luxuriant vegetation, surrounded by paradisiacal “motus” and a breathtaking emerald colored lagoon. You’ll be fascinated by the corral garden, a real giant aquarium that shelters a huge variety of species and a large number of exotic fishes.
**Moderate Budget Option ------
Located in the island's hilly section, this is a villa with a hillside two-bedroom thatched bungalow and a overwater pontoon. The bungalow also has kitchen, two bathrooms, and plenty of deck space offering fantastic views over the lagoon and Haamene Bay. You'll fall asleep beneath the stars and wake up to fresh island fruit and French pastries delivered to your doorstep.
The pontoon has a living area with daybed and bar and big deck, a bit like an overwater bungalow. Guests sun bake, swim in the lagoon (access via a ladder), fish, and enjoy other water sports such as kayaking and use of the villa's boat, driven by a boat captain. Meals can be prepared in the kitchen or ordered in from Le Taha'a Island resort's restaurant, while the Hibiscus restaurant is just across the bay and can be accessed by kayak.
Daily non-stop flights out of Raiatea will take you to your most luxurious and spectacular destination, Bora Bora ~
Nights 6 - 11 - Bora Bora
"The Romantic Island" - With a lagoon resembling an artist's palette of blues and greens, Bora Bora is love at first sight.
Bora Bora island is possibly the single most famous island in all the world. The legends, mysteries, and romance associated with the words "Bora Bora" bring an almost mystical presence to the island.
Surrounded by offshore motu islets inside a protective coral necklace - the motu islets of Bora Bora are the ideal location for a Bora Bora honeymoon. -------
Romantics from around the world have laid claim to this island where the castle-like Mount Otemanu pierces the sky. Lush tropical slopes and valleys blossom with hibiscus, while palm-covered motu circle the illuminated lagoon like a delicate necklace. Perfect white-sand beaches give way to emerald waters where colored fish animate the coral gardens as they greet the giant manta rays. This could be easily be described as the center of the romantic universe, where luxury resorts and spas dot the island with overwater bungalows, thatchedroof villas, and fabled ambience. ------
Nowhere else in Tahiti says romance and adventure like Bora Bora. Graced with perfect beaches, the Bora Bora hotels in this South Seas jewel offer privacy and relaxation. Its dramatic 700-meter peaks and shimmering lagoon will quickly put you under their spell. Explore surrounding islands by outrigger canoe, snorkel its clear blue waters, or shop for pearls at one of its many chic boutiques on a Bora Bora vacation. ------
At this point, you probably realize a common theme between the 3 islands - Diving and snorkeling is a must ~ I would like to reiterate that I highly encourage that you purchase your own snorkeling gear, even if you do not currently own any. ------
Enchantment from the neon-lit turquoise lagoon waters with unending days of exploration with snorkeling and diving. Some of the most amazing scenery lies beneath the surface of Bora Bora lagoon waiting to be discovered. The Bora Bora Lagoon is home to hundreds of dazzling tropical fish species. Everything is friendly. So you can relax and frolic as if you're in a huge heated pool.
Discover the world-renowned shopping of local and international original art, Tahitian pearls, and precious wood handcrafts. ------
From the finest of Black pearl shops and unique arts and crafts stores to general merchandise, Bora Bora is a shoppers paradise.
Shop till you drop! The majority of shopping on Bora Bora can be found in little shopping centers along the island's encircling road.
Many hotels also have stores, boutiques, and businesses of their own.Buy a fine piece of art, unique handycraft, or T-shirt. ------
Art Galleries & Studios
There are a number of quality art galleries and working artists on Bora Bora, exhibiting a fine collection of arts and crafts from Bora Bora, as well as other Polynesian islands and around the world...
The art can be seen (and purchased) in the galleries featured below or at various other small exhibitions, giftshops and boutiques scattered about the island. ------
These shops carry an endless variety of Pacific Island related products, including wonderful gift ideas like island handicrafts, beautiful clothing, paintings, paraeus, shells, books, art, nick nacks and much, much more.
Sources are from local artists as well as from the other nearby Polynesian islands. ------
The Black Pearls of French Polynesia are so famous and coveted that TST has dedicated a seperate shopping category for these amazing South seas' treasures.
Well known for their quality and beauty, Tahiti and her surrounding islands are the leading black pearl exporters in the entire world.
Hiking on Bora Bora is a rewarding experience because the tropical vegetation is so beautiful and there are amazing views from various vantage points. There are a few good walking trails, and as the island is small, they can be accomplished in a couple of days.
Day hiking on the island of Bora bora is wonderful, but semi-limited due to the fact that the island is relatively small. The trail system is good, but easily travelled in only a day or two of non-strenous hiking.
The mountains Pahia and Otemanu (Bora Bora's highest point) are incredible destinations and challenges for the experienced and serious hiker. ------
Valley of the Kings -
On this path, a tour guide is highly recommended to help explain what you are seeing when hiking ~
You are led along old pathways to explore the remnants of ancient villages and maraes, which were ceremonial places. You hike through fertile valleys amongst lush tropical vegetation. The guide will share information about ancestral plants, medicine and sacred trees. During the walk there are opportunities to taste fresh island fruit and coconuts, plucked straight from the trees.
Bora Bora Island has a few inland roads. Most were cut by the US military during World War 2 to enable the placement of canons on strategic look-out points. These rugged roads that lead into the hills climb up steep ridges and are severely rutted in places. They are especially difficult after rain. So the inner island is only accessible by four-wheel-drive vehicles. Do not attempt to drive on these roads yourself as you may get stuck.
There are Safari Bora Bora tours that provide a thrilling scenic ride to points of interest, in specially designed Range Rovers, which can handle any road conditions. A local guide will entertain you, as well as give cultural, historical and botanical insights. On your way to explore ancient archaeological sites you will pass by lush tropical flora. The locations of World War 2 cannons that you visit will offer the best views out over the spectacular lagoon.
A great tour ~
In a comfortable air-conditioned 4x4 vehicle, tour around the island and visit some of the most breathtaking lookout points you will ever see. Venture to the interior of Bora Bora and learn about ancient Tahitian temples. Travel to the northeast side of the island and climb to lookout point for a spectacular view of the neighboring islands of Raiatea, Taha’a and Maupiti.
There are so many activities in the world's most famous lagoon that some visitors never leave the water!
There are hundreds of species of colorful neon striped and spotted fish in the warm, calm lagoon. Bora Bora has beautiful coral gardens where the largest variety of fish can be seen.
Bora Bora Island's lagoon is ringed by a necklace of sandy motus (islands) and sprinkled with other tiny ones. Fantastic Bora Bora boat excursions are the only way to see some of the magnificent Bora Bora beaches.
The shallow and clear waters allow for snorkeling from you bungalow or off the beaches anywhere around the island. ------
Another way to see the vivid coral and schools of tropical fish is a glass bottom boat.
For a faster pace, explore the entire lagoon by rented motorboat or jetski where you and a guide can skim around the island, hopping off at beaches or a tiny motu along the way for a picnic.
Although the idea of feeding sharks may sound somewhat ominous, it is now one of the most popular excursions in the South Pacific.
Originated on Bora Bora, your close encounter begins after you don a snorkeling mask and float in the shallow lagoon waters behind a secure rope. Docile sharks arrive in schools and are hand-fed by your guide just a few feet away. Later in the same tour, you'll stand in shallow waters as graceful rays circle the group with ballet-like movements.
A Great Tour ~
Your morning is spent on the lagoon and includes snorkeling in a coral garden, discovering a wonderful natural ecosystem, visiting the stingrays in shallow water, and a stop outside of the lagoon for observation of blacktip reef sharksAfter the tour a Polynesian lunch is served on a “motu”, private island.
The ultimate private island escape, Motu Tapu is the most photographed isle in the South Pacific. This tiny motu, just a few hundred yards from the main island, is best described as the world's most perfect place to relax.
As you go around Bora Bora by boat, you will see many different smaller islands, or as the Tahitians call them, Motus. Most of these Motus are considered private islands, but are usually visited combined with some other resort guests.
Classic glass bottom boat ride lets you enjoy the beauty of the Bora Bora marine life without ever getting wet if you don't want to. Glide gently over various, multicolored and exotic coral and fish life. Guided by local experts, this is a very unique boat!
One of the more popular and relaxing things to do on Bora Bora island has to be enjoying a lovely picnic on one of the lagoon's outerlying chrystal white sandy beach Motu's. There are a few local business that specialize in arranging these lovely picnics and getting you to and from the motus in some unusual manners...
Great Tour ~
Premium course around the Bora bora lagoon with a stopover in a secluded local restaurant on a motu with a swimming pool, shower, toilets, etc...
The day includes an "in water" picnic, shark watching and feeding, ray touching, snorkeling, swimming, learning about the island and much more.
The famous Lagoonarium is always worth a trip ~ located on a narrow motu to the east of Bora Bora island and is near some of the best Bora Bora resorts. This underwater experience is like swimming inside a large aquarium. If you are too timid to snorkel in the lagoon this is a great place to start as guides help you interact with the turtles, rays, sharks and colorful tropical fish.
Among the plethora of options you have at your disposal of how you would like to explore the under the sea WITHOUT scuba gear or experience - Helmet Dive is my favorite ------
You don't even have to be able to swim for these underwater Bora Bora excursions which can be taken by anyone over 8 years old. A boat takes you to an area of the lagoon where it's not very deep and there is good coral. After putting on a weighted, water-tight helmet you can walk around the ocean floor for half an hour. The area you explore is determined by the length of the hose which pipes your oxygen. You will see beautiful coral, a variety of colorful fish and some gray rays
Food and Dining
A small french restaurant with only 5 tables. Serves the best French food on the Island, by an amazing chef. Have you made your reservation yet? If not, good chance you are not going to get the date you want! Call Lexicon, we can help ~
Enjoy dinner at legendary Bloody Mary’s on the beautiful island of Bora Bora, famous for its intriguing dinner format. As you enter the building, the white sand between your toes and the thatched roof sets the tone. Head to the fish stand where the fresh catches of the day are displayed on ice and you choose the fish in any combination. -------
See what makes Bloody Mary's Restaurant such a unique experience. Select one of the location below to see 360 view in our media player. You can explore the 360 by moving your mouse left, right, up or down. There are also zoom in/out controls at left end of grey bar. Double arrows below media player allow you to move through the collection of 360s. ------
On the western shore of the main island, at the southern tip of Pofai Bay, roughly half way between Nunue and Maitra Beach. There are not a lot of restaurants in Bora Bora, but this by far is the most famous, and different for its American flavours. Some visitors might be a little surprised by the service (speed over quality...). Outside they have a pair of big boards with the names on all of the famous people who have eaten there, e.g. Pamela Anderson, Pierce Brosnan, Carlos Delgado, Marlon Brando, and Janet Jackson.
Food and Dining
.. where the family values are...
Chef Damien Rinaldi-Dovio was born on 1 February 1976 on the island of beauty, Corsica (France). From the prestigious Institut Paul Bocuse and French Fine Dining (Plaza Athénée, Ledoyen, L'Orangerie.), It performs through its Culinary Arts, since April 2004 at his restaurant La Villa Mahana.
His cuisine fits perfectly with the frame and now wanted by customers. His experience and talent led him to create this divine table, located at the end of the world and considered one of the most exclusive of the time.
Damien and his lovely wife Vaihere await you at their table on the island of Bora Bora Paradise. ------
Food and Dining
An authentic polynesian restaurant with all tables set on a patio covered by a thatched-roof.
Pull up a tree trunk stool and have a drink at the bar (feet in the sand, of course) while waiting for your table. You may find Provencal Bouillabaisse or grilled tuna and shrimp skewers on the menu, or decide to try the local moana (a delicate white fish) soup with vegetables and croutons. The catch of the day is always popular, while char-grilled meats are always on the menu.
For an extra special honeymoon, anniversary, or family vacation, set your sights on the French Polynesia. More specifically: The St. Regis Bora Bora, a resort that offers the best of everything in superb surroundings.
Dive into clear, aqua blue water and revel in the sensation of submerging your body in liquid warmth just moments after rising from a restful sleep. Then surface and smile delightedly, looking back at the villa from which you just came. There haven’t been many moments when anything other than beach attire has been necessary – or desirable – thus far. In fact, today you plan to make your way from this saltwater private lagoon to the Oasis Pool, then onto the central pool, and finally finishing up at the swim-up bar… before starting your circuit all over again.
Book with Lexicon and Receive complimentary in the Rate: Buffet Breakfast for two Daily || 50% Discount off Roundtrip Airport Transfer for two || 20% Discount at Spa Miri Miri || Upgrade ||
Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora combines the romance of a South Seas island with all the trappings of a luxury hotel - and reinvents staying on the water.
The sight of Mount Otemanu never gets old. Towering above this South Pacific coral island's vast blue lagoon, its green volcanic cone is the vista from the deck of your over-the-water lodgings at Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora. The 1,080 sq. ft., thatch-roofed bungalow's high-ceilinged living room features teak furniture and Polynesian artwork. Adding even more light to its marble bathroom is a lagoon-view glass panel set in the floor.
Located on Motu Piti Aau, the InterContinental Bora Bora Resort & Thalasso-Spa is the most romantic Five Star hotel on Bora Bora. This innovative resort features revolutionary solutions in environmental protection and comfort, using the deep ocean waters. Its Thalassotherapy Spa is the first one to be built in the Southern hemisphere. The resort offers only overwater villas, each over 1,000 sq. ft in size. The architects and interior designers have combined Polynesian tradition and contemporary style, making this deluxe resort hotel unique beyond compare. ------
Book with Lexicon and Receive complimentary in the Rate: Breakfast for two Daily || Lunch for Two at Sand's Restaurant, once during stay. (Excluding Beverages)
Adorned by white sand and turquoise water, at the famous Matira Point, lies a resort offering you an exclusive and intimate retreat. All spacious 64 junior-suite bungalows bring alive traditional Polynesian crafts offering a maximum level of comfort. In beautifully relaxing Polynesian décor overlooking the lagoon; restaurant and bar propose a delicious selection of French, International and Polynesian specialties.
Book with Lexicon and Receive complimentary in the Rate: Full Breakfast for two Daily || Beach Bag || Polynesian Music CD
The Bora Bora Pearl Beach Resort & Spa, member of The Leading Small Hotels of the World is located on Motu Tevairoa facing the island of Bora Bora. It offers a place to luxuriate in the peace and tranquility of the magical surroundings with unsurpassed views on the world renowned Mount Otemanu.
The hotel has three restaurants, two bars, a boutique, a Spa, an on-site diving centre - the Blue Nui Dive Center
Beside the hotel’s overwater bungalows is a coral nursery called To’A Nui. Since the creation of the nursery more than 70 species of fish have settled and developed in this unique environment. The park allows a colony of 4000 corals to regenerate in perfect ecological conditions. Our guests can freely discover this unique place (snorkeling) and live an unforgettable experience. ------
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Full Breakfast for each Guest Daily at Tevairoa Restaurant || $100 Resort Credit, per Bungalow, per Stay || Upgrade
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