Are you already dreaming of the sun in your hair and the sand between your toes? Forget the sophisticated bridal hairstyle, the perfect bridal makeup and get ready to wear the costume. Here’s all you need to know about Tahiti before you take off your wedding shoes and pick up your suitcase!
French Polynesia is made up of the Austral Islands, the Society Islands, the Tuamotu Islands, Gambier, and Marquesas. The Society Islands are the best known and visited and are divided into
-Windward Islands (found here Tahiti);
-Leeward Islands (found here Bora Bora)
These islands are lapped by the waters of the South Pacific Ocean. The spoken language is Tahitian, but one often hears spoken in French; while the currency used is the CFP Franc. The best time to go? Between mid-April and mid-October, apparently! It is one of the best places for your dream of from a life in French Polynesia.
The main city of Tahiti is Papeete. This island is perfect for getting away physically. And mentally from everyday rhythms: the ideal destination for those who must recover from the frenetic organization of marriage. In short, it is the perfect place for those who want to forget jewel sandals. Wedding catering and for a moment bouquet of peonies.
In Tahiti, you can visit some small museums, such as the Museum of Tahiti and the islands (in Punaauia) or the Robert WAN Pearl Museum (in Papeete). Don’t miss the Gauguin Museum: he himself wrote ” (I) decided to go to Tahiti to end my existence there. It is one of the best places for your dream of from a life in French Polynesia.
I believe that my art, which you admire so much, is nothing but a sprout, and I hope to be able to cultivate it there for myself in the primitive and wild state ». The excursions to the island’s center will give you a day to discover the territory of which you will not regret.
Furthermore, you can visit the market of Papeete and rich gardens, such as the Paofai garden and the Bougainville park in Papeete, or the Water Gardens of Vaipahi in Taravao. James Norman Hall, the American writer, lived here in Tahiti and you can visit the museum dedicated to him, along with the Notre Dame Cathedral of Papeete or the tomb of King Pomare V.
Although, certainly, the first attraction of the island of Tahiti is the sea. Beaches and landscapes that leave you breathless, of disarming beauty. So it is good to mark every island and every beach to visit. No elegant shoes with vertiginous heels: here one turns barefoot or (possibly) in flip-flops!
The colors of the beaches of Tahiti
The island of Tahiti is known for being rich in beaches of a thousand shades. You can meet white beaches, ideal destinations for tourists and surfers, such as the famous beaches of Maui and Tehaupoo. It will not be difficult even to be amazed by black beaches, such as Punta di Venere and Taharuu beach. But certainly, it will be sensational to find yourself also in beaches of other colors and shapes, visiting the neighboring islands of Tahiti, reachable by excursions and flights. No makeup here. Not even that light natural bridal makeup that you wore a few hours ago only sun and sea!
Nearby islands, not to be missed
The islands near Tahiti, with attractions and above all sensational beaches, are certainly the island of Tahaa made up of three spectacular valleys and indented coastline with deep bays, in whose wider passages the blue dolphins play. You cannot, then, miss a visit to Bora Bora, the “pearl of Polynesia” where you will have the opportunity to take long swims, diving, and snorkeling in fairytale waters.
You can also put a visit to Tuamotu on the list to discover the mysterious seabed. Visiting Nuku Hiva, in the Marquesas Islands, encounter impressive waterfalls.
Still, in the Marquesas, you can enter the cemetery of Atuona in Hiva Oa, where Paul Gaugin and Jacques Brel lie side by side. It is one of the best places for your dream of from a life in French Polynesia.
After this journey, it will seem like a century since you cut the cake, delivered the wedding favors, moved and embraced your loved ones and you will feel savage and free from the formalities of marriage banns and wedding invitations. And yet, you are always you, always together and from today really forever, officially.