Taking a vacation to an exotic island destination is one of my favorites. I love the sun, love to dive, love to read and love to disconnect from the world. French Polynesia delivers on all of these desires. We stayed for a week and split our time between Tahiti and Bora Bora. Living in Los Angeles, California, there is a nonstop flight on Air Tahiti Nui everyday which puts you in paradise in just over 8 hours. Such an easy flight to visit another country where the surroundings are stunning. I wanted to share with you a collection of photos that we captured of the flora and fauna while we were in the French Polynesia. So vibrant and colorful. I hope that you enjoy. More on the trip after the first set of photos.
Our first two days we stayed at the Intercontinental Tahiti Resort which is located just a few short miles away from the airport in Papeete which is also the capital of French Polynesia. The resort is actually in need of a bit of updating but it is one of the first resorts to feature the infamous over-the-water bungalow. If you have not had the opportunity to stay in one of these types of rooms it is a must. There is nothing like the feeling of waking up with an unobstructed view of paradise with the sounds of the water underneath your bungalow. The resort has all of the amenities that you could possibly need including a spa, fitness center and several pools. On this leg of our trip we spent time by the pool and walked around the resort as we detoxed from home.
Intercontinental Tahiti Resort
PO Box 6014
FAAA, 98072 French Polynesia
For the remainder of our trip we stayed at the impressive Hilton Bora Bora Nui Resort. The resort is a short flight and then a short boat ride to a secluded island. The resort is sprawling without being overwhelming and is classic in French Polynesian design but with modern touches.
Hilton Bora Bora Nui Resort
BP 502 Vaitape
Bora Bora, 98730, French Polynesia
We chose to lay low for most of the vacation but there are plenty of excursions and activities that you can take advantage of while visiting the French Polynesia. I did take a half-day diving trip with a few folks from the Hilton Bora Bora Nui Resort and we also took out the kayaks, snorkeled and mostly took naps and read books and magazines by the beach and pool.
I really enjoyed our trip and would recommend a visit for anyone who loves the tropics. We were a bit nervous about being surrounded by honeymooners but I must say that the design of the resorts really allows for a lot of privacy. There were honeymooners and kids but we felt like we had our own private space.