Tahiti Honeymoon Travel Guide
Famous for it’s captivating mix of tropical island informality, distinctive Polynesian culture and French savoir faire, Tahiti offers a uniquely sophisticated South Pacific honeymoon experience.
Gateway to French Polynesia and the largest island in French Polynesia, Tahiti is the perfect place for honeymoon couples to do everything or nothing at all.
With a reputation as a warm and friendly people, Tahitians are eager to share their island paradise with honeymoon visitors, so expect to be greeted with a smile and a warm Ia orana (hello)… in Tahiti romance is always in the air… you just can’t escape it!
Do as the Tahitian’s do and place a fragrant white tiare, Tahiti's national flower, behind your left ear – that means you're taken!
For a uniquely Tahitian honeymoon experience, sip French wine and dine on French cuisine al fresco style in the capital Papeete, while people-watching exotic-looking Polynesians dressed in brightly coloured pareos (sarongs) strolling past.
Explore the island on foot or by jeep to discover dramatic waterfalls, cool rivers and deep green valleys covered with rainforests, soft ferns and fields of flowers; as well as natural wonders such as the scenic Faatautia Valley, the Arahoho Blowholes and Haamaremareahi Falls.
Wander along stunning beaches of black volcanic sand (or the powder-white sand of Plage de Maui on Tahiti Iti) and snorkel lagoons of shimmering blue water that teem with colourful marine life.
Spend a day on a private reef-top motu (islet) with a champagne lunch, where the only company is the colourful marine life swimming just metres away – the perfect honeymoon experience to share with your sweetheart!
The best time to honeymoon in Tahiti is during the dry season between May and October, when the average annual temperature of 27°C (81°F) is tempered by refreshing sea breezes.
The wet season lasts from November until April, with February and March the hottest months. Typically, the water temperature hovers between 26°C and 29°C.
For more climate info: Tahiti Weather Guide
Tahiti offers an excellent selection of accommodation options, including the following luxury resorts…
Location: Teti’aroa Private Island, Tahiti
Prices: from AUD3983 per room
Description: The Brando offers a luxurious paradise on the private atoll of Tetiaroa. Guests at this all-inclusive resort can indulge in fine dining, spa treatments, or relax on the soft white sand and be mesmerized by the rare beauty of this Tahitian island. Surrounded by turquoise water, The Brando features a pristine beachside swimming pool, a tennis court and a state of the art fitness centre. Guests can enjoy an array of exhilarating activities including scuba diving, island tours, paddle-boarding, kayaking and cultural activities. Guests will relish in an enticing array of dining options, including Polynesian-inspired and classic French cuisine from Beachcomber Café. Les Mutines offers intimate fine dining, while Bobs Bar offers a relaxed setting for a beachside cocktail. Furnished with hardwood floors, each villa boasts a private swimming pool and a sun terrace. With free WiFi, iPads, and flat-screen TVs, the villas offer guests all the comforts of home. Minibar items are included and are replenished daily. The resort is named after the islands previous owner, renowned Hollywood actor Marlon Brando, who established this Tahitian sanctuary in 1966. The island was also the setting for the historic event and later the acclaimed film ‘Mutiny on the Bounty’.
InterContinental Tahiti Resort & Spa
Location: Pointe Tahiti, Faaa, Tahiti
Prices: from AUD338 per person
Description: Featuring a sandy-bottom infinity pool with swim-up bar, this resort offers luxury accommodation on a private beach. The resort’s overwater bungalows offer sweeping views of the lagoon, reef and ocean. All rooms have a private balcony with lagoon or garden views. Each includes cable TV and a private bathroom with bathtub. The overwater bungalows have a private sun terrace with direct lagoon access. Guests have access to a diving centre, open-air aquarium and tennis courts. Deep Nature Spa by Algotherm features a relaxation area with steam bath, and a fitness room with lagoon views. The hotel's overwater restaurant, Le Lotus is located near the sand-bottomed swimming pool and offers beautiful views of Moorea. The menu boasts gourmet meals and a selection of fine French wines. InterContinental Resort Tahiti is less than 5 minutes’ drive from Faaa International Airport. The museums, shops, galleries, market and nightclubs of Papeete city centre are a 10-minute drive away.
Le Meridien Tahiti
Location: Punaauia, Tahiti
Prices: from AUD314 per room
Description: This beautiful resort, set amongst tropical gardens, offers views across the lagoon to Moorea. Guests can relax in the sandy-bottom lagoon-style swimming pool just metres from the beach front. Free Wi-Fi is available in public areas. Le Meridien Resort Tahiti offers a choice between rooms with garden or lagoon views, or bungalows stretching out into the lagoon and perched directly over the water. Each bungalow has a large outdoor patio. All accommodation is air-conditioned and features a minibar, satellite TV and in-room safe. The bathrooms feature a separate bathtub and walk-in shower. Leisure facilities include a tennis court, beach volleyball, kayaks and table tennis. In-room massage treatments are available. Guests have a choice of 2 restaurants and 2 bars. Tours can be arranged from Le Meridien Tahiti to the Cave of Maraa, the Gauguin Museum and the Seashell Museum. Faa’a International Airport is a 15-minute drive away.
Manava Suite Resort Tahiti
Location: Punaauia, Tahiti
Prices: from AUD248 per room
Description: Located right on the beach, Manava Tahiti offers luxurious accommodation 10 minutes’ drive from Faaa Airport. It features a fitness centre and an infinity swimming pool with lagoon views. The air-conditioned rooms at Manava feature traditional Polynesian décor. Each room is equipped with flat-screen cable TV and a DVD player. Most rooms have a kitchenette and garden or bay views. Manea Spa offers a range of traditional ‘Taurumi’ facial and body treatments. The tour desk can assist with activity bookings. Vaitohi Restaurant has an extensive à la carte menu featuring Polynesian and international cuisine, and is open until midnight every day. Guests can enjoy drinks at the Taapuna Pool Bar, or the contemporary Punavai Lounge Bar. Manava Suite Resort Tahiti is located 10 minutes’ drive from the Papeete city centre. The famous Moorea Island is 30 minutes away by boat. Taapuna Surfing is just a 2-minute drive away.
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Tahiti sits in the heart of French Polynesia, a vast expanse of 118 islands scattered over 2.5 million sq km of the South Pacific, 6120km northwest of Sydney, Australia and 4000km northwest of Auckland, New Zealand.
Air Tahiti Nui operates twice-weekly flights (Friday and Sunday) from Sydney to Papeete.
Air New Zealand flies three times a week (Friday and Sunday) from Auckland to Papeete.
Qantas (with Tahiti Nui) offers three flights a week (Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday) from Sydney via Auckland to Papeete.
Air Tahiti flies daily direct from Los Angeles to Papeete.
Read more about getting to Tahiti and around the island.
Latest update Tahiti honeymoon destination: 7 February, 2017