On Islands.com’s “Top 10 Most Romantic Islands” list, the Editors’ have chosen the islands of Tahiti as #1 saying, “You can never really see all of the Islands of Tahiti — though we have absolutely tried over the decades here at ISLANDS.com. We’ve come pretty close, from Bora Bora to Moorea to the Tuamotu Islands to the Marquesas and more. So many of them are romantic in their own way.”
From the mountainous peaks of the Marquesas to the crystal clear lagoons of Bora Bora, we agree that each of these islands is unique in its own way. Below you will find a few of our favorite sights to see while visiting Tahiti.
Moorea: The Belvedere Lookout
The private and narrow road that ascends to this viewpoint can only be driven by organized tours. Once you have reached the top, you are met with an incredible panoramic view of the valley and Opunohu & Cook’s Bays.
Take a 360-degree virtual tour of the Belvedere here: http://www.360cities.net/image/le-belvedere-de-moorea#19.13,4.65,63.1
Bora Bora: Mt. Otemanu
At 2,385 feet (727 meters), this extinct volcano serves as the highest point on Bora Bora. The rugged black face of this mountain peers out behind a blanket of green and is a direct contrast to the crystal clear lagoon below.
Huahine: Ancient Marae
The ancient royal village of Maeva safeguards several fascinating artifacts, including numerous ancient temples known as marae. Once sacred, sacrificial shrines, over 200 of these marae are now restored and preserved for all to pay homage. In a nearby lake, 300-year-old stone fishing traps – which are still in use today – are so sacred that only descendants of the Tahitian royal family can remove them.
Rangiroa: Tiputa and Avatoru Pass
For divers or snorkelers, visiting Tiputa and Avatoru Pass is a must. These passes can only be navigated twice daily due to their strong currents (just after high tide and just after low tide). In these passes, dolphins gather once per day to play in the waves that are produced by the current flowing into the lagoon. If you are participating in a dive or a drift snorkel you have a chance to see these dolphins at play. You could also see: manta rays, large Japanese eels, Napoleon fish, trigger fish, reef sharks, lemon sharks, barracuda, green turtles and more!
This Youtube video was filmed in Tiputa Pass and shows the variety of sea life you can see, including an up-close encounter with bottlenose dolphins!