One look, and it’s easy to see why people from all over the world flock to Tahiti and her islands. The picturesque landscape, pristine blue waters, near perfect weather, and romantic ambiance make it an ideal location for honeymoons, anniversary celebrations, or any type of laid back getaway.
My husband and I could not believe how lucky we were to go to Tahiti for our honeymoon. It was truly one of the most memorable trips we have ever taken.
On Moorea, we fell in love with the rugged landscape, ancient marae, and sweeping views of the island. Experiencing a dreamy over water bungalow right over the ocean left a lasting impression on us in Bora Bora. And, on the island of Tahiti, our love of Tahitian culture and dance came alive.
We attended Heiva Tahiti (festival of Tahitian dance and culture) and watched the best Ori dancers from Tahiti and all over the world showcase their skill, authenticity, and mana (spirit). It was unforgettable.
What really made our time on Tahiti so amazing was meeting up with our friend, Tehani. We met her a few years back while she was visiting San Diego and have kept in touch over the years. We were so lucky that we had her there to show us the true beauty of her hometown and culture.
She took us to a festival at the Museum of Tahiti where we got to see traditional sports like a coconut tree climbing contest and Javelin throwing, and we also got to enjoy Tahitian food.
Knowing of my deep love for Tahitian culture and dance, Tehani took us to a performance at the Arahurahu Marae, one of the most beautiful ancient sites on Tahiti. It was a moving experience that I will remember forever.
Tehani introduced us to her friends, a beautiful married couple who worked on a super yacht, Mirta and Eddie. We spent the day with them at the festival and they invited us to spend the evening on the yacht. One of the best times of our trip was chatting and enjoying take out pizza and wine with them that evening.
On our last night before we headed to the airport, Tehani invited us to have dinner with her family. Of all our dinners in French Polynesia, this was the best. We had lentils, rice, coconut bread, ice cream, and were surrounded by a lot of love and laughter.
It was very sad when we had to get on the plane that night. We did not want to leave this beautiful island. Tehani’s aunt drove us to the airport and said, “Don’t be sad because you will come back.”
Our visit on this island may not have been very long but in that short amount of time we fell in love with Tahiti because our days there were filled with joy and love.
So in our hearts Tahiti will always be the island of love.