While it may not come as a surprise that two of The Islands of Tahiti – Bora Bora and Tahiti – have been named in the top five honeymoon destinations in the world, it may be news to budget conscious travellers that Tahiti shouldn’t be considered as out of reach.
Although famed for opulent overwater bungalows and luxe accommodation, the islands do offer budget-friendly accommodation options that make them accessible for a wide range of travellers.
For purse-friendly holiday seekers, there are lots of ways to enjoy the islands without breaking the bank – and the first is to look beyond the famous overwater bungalows.
A cost-effective and genuine way to immerse yourself in true Tahitian culture is to stay in a guesthouse. Staying with local hosts gives you the chance to experience life in the islands like a true Tahitian.
Guesthouses are often located in areas that are not yet too well known, so you’ll not only experience true Tahitian hospitality, but also parts of the islands that you may not otherwise venture to.
For adventure-seekers, camping is a great way to experience the beauty and nature of the islands on a smaller budget – and firsthand. Bring camping equipment or buy locally on arrival and you can settle straight in to truly experience the feeling of being embraced by Mana; the life force and spirit that surrounds the islands.
If you do opt for a hotel, look at all inclusive and half board packages so that some or all meals are included in the price and are paid for long before stepping foot on the plane.
With great weather all year round, the idyllic setting of The Islands of Tahiti means that you can also find fun activities that require little or no expense.
Enjoy the scenery by hiking the lush landscape or chill out with sand between your toes. Try snorkelling in the shallows and meet the friendly stingrays and sharks in the crystal clear waters. You could also pack a locally-sourced picnic and set off on a day trip full of sightseeing on a scooter, or hire a pushbike.
Eating out doesn’t have to be expensive either, with options such as dining at one of the many food trucks (roulottes) dotted around Papeete’s Place Vai’ete. With local delights including poisson cru and French crêpes, you’ll truly feel like a local.
Whether it is peace and tranquillity or an adventure-filled holiday you’re looking for, each of the 118 islands of Tahiti has something to offer. With memorable scenery, clear blue water and myriads of sea life surrounding the islands, there is something for every occasion and every budget.
ONE YEAR OLDER - The newest resort in the Islands of Tahiti, Conrad Bora Bora Nui, celebrated its first birthday recently. Located in a private cove on Motu To’opua, a small islet located off the coast of Bora Bora, the resort faces the open ocean, offering a unique vista and experience to guests. Its secluded beach is watched over by Mount Otemanu while overwater bungalows look out upon the lagoon. The resort also has its own private island which is accessible exclusively to hotel guests.