French Polynesia is one of those places that, without a doubt, lives up to the images you see online and all the flowery travel writing attempting to describe the destination. Of course, photos simply can’t even come close to capturing the color of the water, the sun setting against the towering mountain of Bora Bora.
And while the destination has long been known as the ultimate honeymoon spot, now more than ever Tahiti is very much a family destination. From the West Coast of America, Tahiti is super accessible (as we like to say, one movie past Hawaii!) Our 6 night itinerary is an epic family adventure.
Or take things up a notch and charter a catamaran for a week. Tahiti is the perfect destination to explore by boat. Here the waters are extremely calm and perfect for sailing. Check out that sample itinerary here.
Moorea and Bora Bora are must-see islands, and the uber-luxe Tetiaroa (Marlon Brando's private island) is a worthy splurge to wrap up a perfect family trip to Tahiti. This island consists of 6 motus (or smaller islands), one of which is home to The Brando resort and the others dedicated to conservation and research. In the middle of the motus is a lagoon of the most magnificent range of blues and greens you’ve ever seen, teeming with healthy coral gardens and plenty of marine life. Polynesian perfection!
* 3 nights to explore Moorea by land
* 3 nights to explore Bora Bora by water
* Optional extension to The Brando
WELCOME TO TAHITI
Arrive Papeete. Depending on flight arrival time, freshen up in a day room or connect directly to a ferry or quick flight to Moorea.
DAYS 2 - 3
The island of Moorea is easily to explored by land. Kids will love renting a fun red roadster car to drive around the island. There is only one road, and driving counterclockwise makes it easy to pull off on the beach side of the road (vs island side) and avoids much traffic crossing at all (though there is very little traffic anyway!). Be sure to stop at a beautiful public lagoon and beach. After your swim, stop in the main shopping area for a traditional Tahitian snack before continuing to Belvedere Peak.
Moorea is also home to an impressive dolphin conservation program, and experience that is always a highlight for kids.
DAY 4 - 6
This morning, hop on a quick flight to Bora Bora. While this island has long been known as the ultimate honeymoon spot, now more than ever Bora Bora is very much a family destination. Bora Bora is all about underwater exploration. There simply is not much developed on the actual island itself. Most of the action is happening on the Motu islands that ring the lagoon. Perhaps the most iconic activity here is swimming with sharks and manta rays. Between three different stops, you’ll hop in the water and swim amongst lemon and black tipped sharks and manta rays.
After a morning exploring under the water, head to a Motu for a traditional feast. Kids will love seeing how the locals barbecue their meat and potatoes underground. Grilled meat, fish, sweet potatoes and fresh fruit dominate the menu.
On Bora Bora, the sport of Outrigger Kayaking is also serious business. You’ll see locals training before and after work, some in team canoes with 5 – 6 people and others in individual boats. Be sure to give this a try as well!
TRAVEL HOME - or EXTENSION TO THE BRANDO PRIVATE ISLAND