The lush palms and tall grasses of Papeete shimmer with emerald hues, as your flight descends into the airport. The Pacific Ocean shimmers with iridescent indigo colors, as thatched roof huts rise out of the jetties along the marina. Boat masts wade in the gentle waters as the palm trees rustle in the calm breeze. Your flight arrives at Faa’a International Airport. Colorful impressionist works by famous French painter Gauguin decorate the airy galleries in the eponymous museum. Dramatic wooden Tikis rise out of the lavish gardens and entertain visitors with ancient myths and tales warning people not to move the unforgettable carved artworks.
The aroma of sweet saltwater permeates the air. The bustling life of the Papeete Market creates a swirl of color emanating from handmade sarongs and shell necklaces, woven hats and the array of produce picked from the trees and bushes around the countryside. The sweet, juicy aroma of coconuts and pineapples drifts beneath the banisters, leading locals to the aisles of fishmongers and butchers. Pearl shops line the lanes of the upstairs and caves offer rich espressos and vivacious, citrusy smoothies. Your private transfer greets you at customs and escorts you to a secluded resort, offering you the romance of a private view of the lapping water and the charm of slow-paced island life blending the essential cultures of the islands of French Polynesia.