I have been fortunate to visit Tahiti, and I must admit, it truly is a dreamy place. All that and then some!
Beyond the sheer beauty of the islands, here are some fun facts about Tahiti:
- Tahiti is in the same time zone as Hawaii
- The flight from Los Angeles is approximately 8 hours, a short 2 hours longer than flying to Hawaii
- Tahiti is half way between Los Angeles and Australia
- Tahiti is as far south of the equator as Hawaii is north
- Tahiti is consistently averages 80 degrees all year round
- Tahiti gets as many tourists in one year as Hawaii gets in 1 week
- Tahiti has fewer total hotel rooms than Las Vegas' MGM Grand (just over 5000 guest rooms)
There are a number of other destinations, though, one can explore beyond Bora Bora.
In fact, Tahiti consists of five archipelagos, an area with 118 islands covering over 2
million square miles, almost the same size as western Europe (mostly water). The most popular of the 5 archipelagos are the Society Islands, which includes Tahiti, Moorea, Bora Bora, Huahine, Raiatea and Taha'a.
Huahine, the "Garden of Eden", is a 40 minute flight from Tahiti. Huahine is relatively untouched by the modern world and is considered to be Tahiti's best kept secret. The island is a large tropical jungle with coconut plantations, banana groves, vanilla orchids and more. Popular with visitors who have been to Bora Bora and Moorea, it offers a very authentic feel.
Raiatea, the "Sacred Island" is rich with culture and history. Believed to be the birthplace of Polynesia, legend has it that this where the colonization of Hawaii and New Zealand started from. Raiatea is the second largest island, behind Tahiti, and is approximately 45 minutes from Tahiti by air. It is one of the best islands for scuba diving, deep sea fishing and sailing. Despite its size, the island only has two hotels and a few guest houses.