Article repost from Red Tricycle
Article by Kate Loweth
Why Tahiti Is the Island You Need to Visit NOW
If something a little more exotic is on your radar for your next family vacation, Tahiti should be at the top of your list! With low-cost, direct flights on French Bee available from SFO, it’s an easy getaway to another world. You won’t have the crowds of other island destinations and the kids will love learning some Tahitian and French phrases while you are on your tropical family vacation. Read on for the full scoop!
Stay at a Private Island Resort
Tahiti is the largest island in French Polynesia and where you will fly into when you head there from the U.S. Other popular islands like Moorea and Bora Bora can be reached by ferry or flights on Air Tahiti.
For the ultimate private island experience, head to Le Taha'a Island Resort and Spa. To get there, fly from Tahiti to the island of Raiatea (around $300/adult, less for kids 12 and under) where the resort will pick you up in a boat to take you to your island paradise. In addition to traditional overwater suites (which can sleep a couple plus one child), Le Taha'a offers massive beach villas to accommodate families. These villas are right on the beach and have a private plunge pool, air conditioning, outdoor shower and tub, free WiFi and a huge bathroom. The Royal Beach Villa has even more space with a second separate bedroom and bathroom that would be great for grandparents.
Resort features include the best breakfast buffet you'll ever have (no joking), a swimming pool, tennis court and spa. Kids 12 and under eat free when ordering off the kids menu at all the on-site restaurants. Just down the beach from the pool you can access the coral garden where you can snorkel using equipment provided by the resort. Because the resort like most of French Polynesia is surrounded by coral reefs, you'll have very minimal waves and shallow water that's perfect for kids to wade in. Insider tip: Ask the concierge to set up a treasure hunt for the kids!
Vanilla and Pearls and Views
The island of Taha'a is the place to go if you'd like to learn about Tahiti's history selling pearls and vanilla beans. Terainui Tours can give you the full experience as you tour the island's pearl farms to see for yourself how the most beautiful pearls are encouraged to grow in the waters just off shore. Then head to a nearby vanilla farm to learn how it takes hand pollination and a number of years of care to get the delicious vanilla beans that are then dried in the sun.
If you're lucky, your tour guide will take you to a local home up in the hills with gorgeous views of the valley below. On a recent tour, we had the pleasure of tasting local delicacies like poisson cru, breadfruit and coconut water. Experiences like this where you get to meet local people will give you a great feel for the warm culture of Tahiti.
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