What should I know before visiting Tahiti
Tahiti - French Polynesia
French Polynesia has 118 islands - we are spoiled for choice! We tan the front in on the white sand beach Bora-Borawho have favourited back on the black sand of Tahiti. We dive with the dolphins at Rangiroa Atoll and surf the legendary tube in Teahupoo.
With a tiare flower in our hair, we go for a walk in the Jardin des Marquises in Hiva Oa. And in the evening we eat delicious fish in coconut milk with a view of the sea.
Tips for your vacation in Tahiti and French Polynesia - the most important sights and activities
In French Polynesia let's not only choose the island, but also the color of the sand! On Tahiti, the largest and most populous of the islands of French Polynesia, there is mostly black sand, like the beautiful beach at Pointe Vénus.
On Maupiti, the atoll, which is one of the Society Islands, the sand is white like on Bora Bora, there are endless shades of blue to discover the lagoon, in which giant mantas live. And in Tuamotu Archipelago the beaches are colored pink as in Fakarava atoll or Tikehau, a type of natural swimming pool populated by eagle rays, barracudas, gray sharks and dolphins.
In Rangiroa, the reef island, we are in the second largest atoll in the world! The passports of the Tuamotu atolls are among the most famous in the world for diving. There are many species of fish, the most impressive of which are manta rays or leopard rays, all kinds of sharks, barracudas and dolphins.
The Tuamotu Archipelago is also the cradle of the Tahitian pearl culture, which can be seen when visiting pearl farms in the Manihi lagoon can be discovered.
To spot humpback whales, visit the Rururtu caves in the south islands. These former burial sites are an ideal observation point when marine mammals cross the sea to give birth between August and October. In the Marquesasto enjoy the wild beauty of this archipelago immortalized by Paul Gauguin, let's explore the island Nuku Hivawhose breathtaking peaks are fertile valleys like Taipivai reveal with its waterfalls. Here is also one of the most beautiful sites with stone tiki figures.
And in the Gambier let's go back to the roots of the conversion of French Polynesia to Catholicism: more than 1,600 kilometers southeast of Tahiti, the archipelago is home to an incredible number of churches and monasteries, including the Cathedral of Saint-Michel de Rikitea, the archipelago's oldest religious monument (1848) .
Culinary specialties in Tahiti and French Polynesia
So close to the ocean, it is no wonder that the national dish is raw fish "à la Tahitienne", served with lemon and coconut milk, two ingredients that are also used in other recipes such as the fafa chicken (leaves of a multitude of tubers) .
The fish can also be eaten in Fafaru after maceration in a broth made from seawater and freshwater prawn heads. Chinese influences can be found in the Chao Mein, a mixture of shrimp, pork and chicken with noodles, and in the Chao Pao, a brioche filled with meat and steamed vegetables. Punupua'atoro is a corned beef that is usually cooked with onions. Among the tuber dishes, taro is often eaten in the form of chips and cassava for dessert with poe’banana. Coconut bread, which is made from coconut oil and water, is usually served for breakfast.
Awaken your senses in Tahiti
In this earthly paradise, which smells of tiare or jasmine flowers, all senses are awakened! We are intoxicated by the flavors of Tahitian cuisine and the sweet note of vanilla that caresses the nose and palate. Monoï, the beauty oil based on coconut oil, retains the scents of Tiaré and is soft on the skin. The Polynesian tattoos, which are sometimes seen as an esoteric connection between heaven and earth, are also particularly beautiful. And the delicate ringing of the black pearls, which can be found on a necklace, is reminiscent of the gentle lapping of the lagoon water on the stilts of the bungalows on Bora Bora.
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