The shoreline of Tahiti will shimmer with black sand and turquoise waters. Coconut palms shade the walkways in Papeete and bring the aroma of luscious fruit drifting with the sea breeze. Jewelers showcase white, green, purple, and black pearls beneath the soft light in private studios as the Central Market brims with gorgeous produce displaying the tropical splendors of island life in French Polynesia. From stunning pineapples to delicate lychee, magnificent coconuts to delicious passion fruit, you will even find sweet potatoes that shine with brilliance.
Your flight will land at Faaa International Airport, and your private transfer will greet you upon your arrival. Tahiti is the largest of the French Polynesian islands and encompasses more than 400 square miles. The rainforest at the heart of the island hides magnificent waterfalls, while the coast gives way to hidden beaches and secluded coral gardens. You will find comfort in the gorgeous views and in the contemporary luxuries of your overwater bungalow. Your iconic thatched roof and glass panels create a cozy ambiance as you look out onto the vibrant life of the lagoon. The coral will shine with kaleidoscope hues as they are surrounded by schools of tropical fish, all accentuated by the view from your private terrace.
After settling into the pleasures of your resort, you can return to Papeete with your guide for an introductory walking tour of French Polynesia’s largest city. You will begin in the city center where the Municipal Market continues to sing with life. A wooden boardwalk known as the Quay runs along the shoreline and leads to the marina where opulent yachts moor, and you can see the bustling movement in the fishing port along the shores of Motu Uta. Move next to see a traditional pearl farm to learn how the quality of a pearl is measured, and then continue on to the jeweler’s studio to learn more about the craftsmanship and artistry involved.