By: Dana Franklin, Independent Travel Advisor, Divine Destination Weddings & Honeymoons
I surprised my husband for our 37th anniversary with a 17 day trip to French Polynesia. We started the trip flying Poerava business class on Air Tahiti Nui for the 8 hour non-stop flight from Los Angeles. Upon arrival into Pape’ete, the country’s capital and international airline hub, we transferred to an inter-island airline and flew to Rangiroa, one of the outer islands about 220 miles northeast of Pape’ete, where we spent two nights at the fabulous Kia Ora Resort & Spa. We went to the Blue Lagoon where we experienced a motu picnic and snorkeled with reef sharks and 6′ – 8′ lemon sharks! We also did a wine tasting at the only winery in French Polynesia! After flying back to Pape’ete, we boarded the Paul Gauguin, a luxury small ship with less than 300 passengers, for a 7-night cruise through the Society Islands. It was such a relaxing way to experience the main islands, unpacking once and enjoying a new island each day. We visited vanilla farms (a must souvenir for the folks back home!), toured historical sites, met beautiful Tahitian people as we learned their customs and culture, ate amazing food, and experienced the only all-inclusive option in French Polynesia!! After our cruise ended back in Pape’ete, we spent a day sightseeing the fascinating big island of Tahiti on a private tour. We walked a black sand beach, ate at a local restaurant, visited the famous blowhole, a grotto waterfall, and the main shopping market. At the end of this fun day, we boarded another inter-island flight to the island of Bora Bora. Take whatever you’ve heard about how amazing Bora Bora is…and multiply it ten-fold! This island is simply magical! Turquoise water, white sand lagoons, and stunning resorts, most of which are reachable only by water. We wanted to experience more than one of these resorts, so we spent two nights at the Pearl Resort and three nights at the Intercontinental Thalasso Resort and Spa. We stayed in over the water bungalows at both resorts, and they are everything you dream of. The turquoise water is unlike any other place on earth! We swam with and fed manta rays in the lagoon, learned how to use the white sand for a facial treatment, rented a car and drove around the main island in the middle of the lagoon, explored World War II island defense positions, and just relaxed in our beautiful accommodations. After five wonderful days experiencing Bora Bora, we flew back to Pape’ete for our trip back home. All in all, this was an amazing trip, and one for the memory books!!
Good news for traveling to Tahiti and her islands starting July 15, 2020, from the tourist board of Tahiti.
Visitor’s entry and stay conditions in French Polynesia
French Polynesia has had no active cases of COVID-19 since May 29th. Today, French Polynesia’s authorities announced visitor’s entry and stay conditions to the country applicable to all travelers.
Timeline is as follows:
Starting from July 15th, 2020: Quarantine measures will be lifted, and French Polynesia’s borders will re-open to international tourism from all countries.
Details for entry can be found here: https://tahititourisme.com/en-us/covid-19/