Tahiti Travel Guide

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How to Vacation on Tahiti for Free? Just Buy a Flight on Air Tahiti Nui.

February 1, 2013 at 11:52 AM | by | Comments (0)

At some point in your travel life, you're going to want to visit Tahiti. It's inevitable and, duh, you should give in to the desire, but the only huge obstacle is typically price for such a trip.

Luckily for a period, Air Tahiti Nui is giving flyers free 3-night vacations in Tahiti if you book a roundtrip flight on them from Los Angeles to Auckland, New Zealand, with optional continuing service on to Sydney, Brisbane or Melbourne.

The price for the whole shindig, flights and 3-night Tahiti stopover at either the Le Meridien or Manava resorts included, is $1,298, which is really awesome if you can keep to the cheapest option of LA-Auckland.

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A New Name and Meeting Marquesan Royalty: Just Another Day for Adventure Girl

March 11, 2010 at 2:30 PM | by | Comments (0)

Have you ever wanted to venture way, way out to the islands around Tahiti? Sit back and then and daydream with us as we follow Twitter celeb Stefanie Michaels, aka Adventure Girl, as she goes island-hopping in the most exotic of places—the Marquesas Islands. Each day this week, she'll reveal another adventure. Join her 1.5 million followers on Twitter for more Marquesas conversation @AdventureGirl, and don't forget us @Jaunted!

"It's just gone too quickly," I say to my husband. "Where has the time gone?" Already it's my eleventh day onboard the Aranui ship, and we're looping back towards home and the end of the journey. The Aranui, as more of a freighter than a cruise ship, picks up contents from the various islands, and delivers them to others. What we had done over the first 10 days was stop to pick up fruits and vegetables from Nuka Hiva, and deliver them to the arid Ua Huka, then loaded up wood carvings and Tapas from Ua Huka, and delivered them on our way back to Ua Pou. It's a transport system that's extremely integral to these far-flung islands, and it even takes the locals around.

Now very confident with my anti-nausea patch, I face the almost two-day journey over open seas back to Papeete, Tahiti.

After the jump, Adventure Girl meets royalty

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Adventure Girl Finds Gauguin, But No 'No-Nos' in the Marquesas Islands

March 10, 2010 at 3:00 PM | by | Comments (0)

Have you ever wanted to venture way, way out to the islands around Tahiti? Sit back and then and daydream with us as we follow Twitter celeb Stefanie Michaels, aka Adventure Girl, as she goes island-hopping in the most exotic of places—the Marquesas Islands. Each day this week, she'll reveal another adventure. Join her 1.5 million followers on Twitter for more Marquesas conversation @AdventureGirl, and don't forget us @Jaunted!

Onto more islands, we were back onboard the Aranui and watching a beautiful sunrise before another small port and more sweet Marquesans to meet. Except today we had something new to look forward to, a beach day! Getting off of the boat meant downtime at one of the only white sand beaches in the islands, on Hanamenino Beach at Tahuata Island. There was just one issue: would our day be ruined by an onslaught of the nasty flea-type bugs called the 'no-nos?' Luckily, there were no no-nos this day! The beach day kept going and going, as day on a true vacation should, and soon enough the passengers were all chatting excitedly about our next stop: "We're going to Nuka Oa!"

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Curried Goat and a Rainbow: Adventure Girl's Marquesas Islands Fun Continues

March 9, 2010 at 4:52 PM | by | Comments (0)

Have you ever wanted to venture way, way out to the islands around Tahiti? Sit back and then and daydream with us as we follow Twitter celeb Stefanie Michaels, aka Adventure Girl, as she goes island-hopping in the most exotic of places—the Marquesas Islands. Each day this week, she'll reveal another adventure. Join her 1.5 million followers on Twitter for more Marquesas conversation @AdventureGirl, and don't forget us @Jaunted!

LAND! The first stop of the Aranui ship brings passeners to Fakarava, an atoll in the Tuamotu Islands in French Polynesia. It's a flat yet lush atoll only 40 miles in length and 13 miles wide, with a ring of white powdery beaches and crystaline waters. In fact, UNESCO has made it a bio-sphere reserve, preserving its endless reefs and local marine life. Thus I begin my adventure on land, versus the at-sea fun of yesterday's story.

In Rotoava, the main city in the Tuamotu Islands, friendly locals greet passengers with flowers, and a hearty "Ia ora na," which means hello in Tahitian. One side of the island is excellent for snorkeling and diving, and the other side is a mecca for shelling (collecting sea shells) and finding nature's trinkets, such as pristine chunks of colorful dried coral.

Tuamotu's islands also inside Fakarava, known for their black pearl farms. I suggest checking out the local's small booths around town for the best pricing, and a small shop called Heipoe Boutique Rotoava for contemporary and high quality designs.

Adventure Girl gets seasick! After the jump

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Adventure Girl Ships Out to 'Un-Cruise' the Marquesas Islands

March 8, 2010 at 2:35 PM | by | Comment (1)

Have you ever wanted to venture way, way out to the islands around Tahiti? Sit back and then and daydream with us as we follow Twitter celeb Stefanie Michaels, aka Adventure Girl, as she goes island-hopping in the most exotic of places—the Marquesas Islands. Each day this week, she'll reveal another adventure. Join her 1.5 million followers on Twitter for more Marquesas conversation @AdventureGirl, and don't forget us @Jaunted!

It was my 10-year wedding anniversary, and I was looking for a symbolic way to hit "10 locations for 10 years." I knew of the Marquesas Islands and recalled that getting to several of them required the Aranui Freighter, part passenger ship, part freighter, and complete with working shipmates. It would allow my husband and I to get to eight islands, six of the Marquesas—Nuka Hiva, Ua Pou, Hiva Oa, Fatu Hiva, Tahuata, and Ua Hika, and two Tuamotu's—Fakarava and Rangiroa, followed by mainland Tahiti and Bora Bora (on the back end of the trip), rounding out the ten islands for ten years.

So where are the Marquesas? The Marquesas Islands, part of the Tahitian Island chain, rest north east of Tahiti in the southern Pacific and are the most remote islands on earth, with more than 800 miles of distance between any other landmass. They are considered “savage” by their French Polynesian counterparts. Marquesans see themselves as a separate culture from the rest of Tahiti and her islands. It's an interesting political history, from Chiefs to Kings to current French rule, and I'll delve into more of this throughout the week.

Adventure Girl boards the ship, after the jump!

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Make A Short Video With Your New iPhone, Win A Trip To Tahiti

June 22, 2009 at 12:02 PM | by | Comment (1)

We haven't even gotten close to seeing a shiny new 3GS iPhone yet, but the tourism peeps over in Tahiti have already got a contest running using the new iPhone angle along with the bad economy. It's the Invest In Your Love contest, which says it's better to invest something in your relationship than stocks or bonds, and they just might be right.

Basically, the contest involves creating an 3-minute or less video about why you and your significant other(s) deserve a vacation in Tahiti. Round One has already closed—in fact you can already vote for the best video of those—but for Round Two, Tourism Tahiti is encouraging participants to shoot a video with their brand new iPhone and submit it to the competition.

If you create the video that gets the most votes, you'll win airfare to Tahiti, a week's accommodation spread over two different islands, and breakfast and dinner each day. Videos thus far have used everything from talking dogs to long-lost love strategies, and the good news is if you need a bit of extra practice to improve your iPhone videoing skills, there are six rounds of the contest so you can enter as late as November.

Related Stories:
· Invest In Your Love Contest [Official Site]
· Tahiti Travel Guide [Jaunted]

[Photo: Taravana]

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Your Own Semiprivate Oasis In Tahiti

May 20, 2009 at 5:06 PM | by | Comments (0)

Last one in's a rotten egg! We're finding the best places in the world to stick our toes in this summer (or next winter) for our World's Coolest Pools map. Know of any pools we must check out? Let us know.

The invention of the sandy-bottomed approach was one of the great pool innovations of the '90s. But the pool at the Le Méridien Tahiti takes it a step further: There's nothing real about this white-sand beach, but your toes won't know the difference.

The sand in question is claimed to be natural, but is in fact imported from other parts of the island to give the Le Méridien lagoon that particular sparkle. The blob-shaped pool is somewhat remote from the nearby city of Papeete, but the hotel also features an on-site artist's studio and horseback rides should you be bothered to change out of your swimsuit.

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