Sea turtles, heavy waves, and private beaches make for the ultimate island escape. Touch down on any of the remote islands of French Polynesia (which include Tahiti, Bora Bora, and about 116 others), and you may never want to leave. Our friends at the excellent travel website Fathom, along with pro surfer Sally Fitzgibbons, weigh in with a few top picks to help you navigate an island hop plus a collection filled with some island favorites!
Stay at Ninamu, a rustic retreat on Tikehau Atoll with tons of excursions and activities that are just part of the experience.
Take a break in the shade of Lilikoi Garden Cafe’s caravan with fruit juice and homemade ice cream.
Shop the markets near Gallieni Quay ferry dock in downtown Papeete.
“There are amazing local handcrafted Tahitian goods and plenty of jewelry made with the famous Tahitian Black Pearls. I brought back some really nice sarongs and beautifully smelling soaps and oils.” – Sally Fitzgibbons
Take It In
Buy a ukelele. Eat firifiri doughnuts. Hug a manta ray. Charter a private cruise aboard a modern sailing catamaran with Tahiti Yacht Charter out of Raiatea.
Don’t Miss Out
Throw a motu picnic, French Polynesian’s answer to the preppy clambake.
“Go out on one of the boats even if it’s just for the day. Go out snorkeling on the reefs, swim with the stingrays and sharks if you are feeling daring. Just enjoy yourself in the beautifully blue ocean.” – Sally Fitzgibbons
Get more of Sally’s Tahiti tips – swimming with sharks, living on catamarans – on Fathom.