Why not celebrate your honeymoon in French Polynesia? The Islands of Tahiti are gorgeous volcanic islands and atolls strewn across the South Pacific. These islands offer a perfect escape for newly-weds, and there are many wedding and honeymoon packages available at all price points. Most of the private islands feature overwater bungalows, and you can have breakfast delivered by an outrigger canoe.
A 10-day cruise of the islands on one of the elegant cruise ships, such as Pacific Princess or Ocean Princess, is a romantic and relaxing way to spend your honeymoon. The cruise visits Tahiti, Huahine, Rangiroa, Moorea, Raiatea, and Bora Bora. Room service is available in your own luxurious stateroom, day and night. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are served in the dining room of your choice. The wide variety of entertainment includes Broadway style shows, musicians, piano bars, and comedians. You have access to a fitness centre, whirlpools, spas, pools, and a diversity of sports activities.
Tahiti is comprised of a total of 118 islands, each of which is its own little tropical paradise. Some of the islands have mountains soaring majestically towards the sky, while others look as though they might be floating on the surface of the coral sea. Tahiti boasts mile after mile of pristine beaches, small quiet villages, and intimate resorts. You can jump into the blue lagoons, snorkel, dive, hire a boat, trek on the islands, or simply go shopping.
Your own thatched overwater bungalow is exactly like a first-class hotel room, except that you are surrounded by water. Gaze through your glass floor at the tropical fish swimming in the turquoise water below you. Watch the golden sunset from the dock. The overwater bungalow has become a symbol of the Tahitian holiday.
Tahiti presents the diver with an abundance of dive sites, hundreds, in fact. Dive in oceanic drop-offs, drift dives, and explore sunken ships. Enjoy a swim with giant manta rays. The crystal clear waters make diving and snorkeling an amazing adventure, never to be forgotten.
If you ever thought of sailing, Tahiti is the place to learn or take a mountain safari with four-wheel drive. Fish for Mahi Mahi. Visit the Museum of Tahiti and Her Islands or the Black Pearl Museum. Spend an afternoon at an art gallery. Explore the three waterfalls of Fa’arumai. Venture to the Botanical Garden and meet the Galapagos Tortoises.
One of the most exciting experiences is shark feeding. You take a short trip out into the lagoon and stand in four feet of water behind a safety rope while an experienced guide hand-feeds the docile sharks. Something to write home about!
A recent law passed in France now allows non-French nationals to be legally married on any of the islands of Tahiti. As a celebration of love and commitment, the ceremony should also be a fun way to express the couple’s personalities and style. The Polynesian wedding is held as the sun sinks below the horizon. Flowers perfume the air. Torches flicker to life. A choir of Tahitian singers and dancers enliven the coming night. The wedding couple are dressed in bright clothing and adorned with flowers and shells. The groom is bought by canoe to the beachside location, and the bride is carried on a rattan throne. A Tahitian priest conducts the ceremony and gives the happy couple a Tahitian name. A Tahitian wedding is truly an exceptional experience.
Shopping is a delight. There are colourful local markets selling Tahitian and Chinese vegetables, beautiful ripe fruits, vanilla beans, cakes and pies, oils and scented soaps, hats and bags, and shell necklaces. Stunning floral arrangements of jasmine, orchids, daisies and anthuriums are fragrant treat. Artisans sell carvings, wall hangings, pareos, embroidered cushion covers, and quilts. Don’t forget the gorgeous Tahitian black pearls.
The range of different foods available in Tahiti is quite extraordinary. Choose from Chinese, French, American, Thai, Japanese, Italian, Indian, Polynesian, and more. There are chic hotels and restaurants, as well as casual local eateries. Dining at Le Belvedere is a highlight of Tahiti for many visitors. The restaurant is 2,000 feet up in the cool hills above Papeete and renowned for its spectacular views of the city and Moorea. Arrange a 5 pm pick-up and enjoy sunset cocktails at Le Belvedere.
When planning your wedding and honeymoon, consider the richness of culture and the beauty of the Tahitian Islands. Enjoy the perfect holiday and make memories that will last a lifetime.