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Stories and Tips French Polynesia

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Scuba Diving

Written by Prosperine on 04 Apr, 2002

Scuba diving was quite a treat for me. By this point I felt quite comfortable with diving, though I was still too scared to fall out of the boat backwards. Here in Manihi, introductory divers dive outside of the reef with the certified…Read More

Bora Bora - not so idyllic

Written by jmineo on 21 Nov, 2001

A bit of excitement swept through the plane as we touched down in Bora Bora. This is so close to a mythical place that it's strange to find it actually exists. This is the place synonomous with Eden or Paradise, the place people say they'll…Read More

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Discreet Luxury in the South Seas

Written by Josh S on 13 Jan, 2005

The manta ray’s milky white underside just scratched the surface of the water as it performed a graceful somersault in front of the underwater spotlight. Our eyes widened and we stood dumbstruck at nature’s magnificence revealed so easily, standing on the dock under the moonlight.…Read More

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Experiencing Tahiti Beyond the Beaches

Written by incrediblejoycey on 29 Mar, 2008

On my last visit to Tahiti I had to experience the interior of the island. I have driven around the island many times but always wanted to take a 4 x 4 adventure so I could experience Tahiti's rugged beauty. I had heard about Tahiti…Read More

Bora Bora Adventures

Written by BeauandHolly on 31 Jan, 2005

We spent 2 weeks at the Club Med Bora Bora on our honeymoon - it was simply incredible! The resort was very nice, with a little cabana right on the beach - literally 20 steps from the water. There were beautiful views of a secluded…Read More

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Marquesas Works of Art - Tattoo

Written by RSchoettger on 19 Aug, 2005

Prior to leaving on the Aranui 3 for the Marquesas Islands, we had no idea of what to purchase, except for maybe wood carvings, tapa's, and other items. My wife and I travel so much, and it is becoming more and more difficult…Read More

Bora Bora Dining - Top Dive & Fare Manuia

Written by jenandfrank on 19 Jan, 2005

Top Dive – Vaitape, 689-60-5050. French. This is definitely considered (as it should be) the finest dining on Bora Bora. It is located north of Vaitape on the lagoon and with only 47 seats. Reservations must be made (way in advance)…Read More

Shark Feeding - Water Safari

Written by jenandfrank on 18 Jan, 2005

The shark-feeding tours are the big thing on Bora Bora. We booked ours through the Concierge at the Nui. We paid just under $75 each (and I’m sure the Nui got its cut) for what should have been a 3-hour tour. Our tour company was…Read More

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Bora Bora - Notes/Thoughts

Written by jenandfrank on 28 Dec, 2004

Bora Bora was named and built by U.S. GIs in the 40s. I have heard two different comparisons to Hawaii; one was that Tahiti as a whole receives fewer visitors in one year than Honolulu does in one month, and the other was that Tahiti…Read More

Black-Pearl Shopping - Tahiti

Written by jenandfrank on 29 Apr, 2005

French Polynesia is famous for black-pearl shopping. More so than any of the other Polynesian islands, Tahiti is where you’ll find the best price due to the overwhelming amount of competition in town. Tahiti is also where you will find the largest selection.…Read More

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