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I’m going to let you in on a little secret, my husband and I went to Tahiti for our honeymoon and we loved it. LOVED IT! A few years later (after the wedding was all paid off) we were rather for another exotic trip and found ourselves in Hawaii. It was nice but it wasn’t Tahiti. We’ve been back to Tahiti 6 times in the last 8 years (and never went back to Hawaii)

If you read my husband’s post on using Google Flights to get to great airfare (and you’re already on VacationSellout, so you know how to get the best hotel deals already)…let me guide you through Tahiti, what makes it so magical, and how you could spend your time.

Getting There

The travel is by far the worst part about this trip. Our preferred Tahitian destination is Fakarava and to get there you have to catch a puddle jumper from Rangiroa. The flight takes about 15 hours compared to the 6 or so it takes to get to Honolulu from Chicago.

So then once you’re there..you’re in another world.

Fakarava has less than a 500 people who live there. This isn’t the tourist destination for someone who needs to be surrounded by amenities—this is where you come to get away from everything.

Lodging in Fakarava

Well, this is actually super easy. White Sand Beach is pretty much the ONLY lodging you’ll find on the entire island and it is just stunning. You know when you see those beautiful beauch bungalows and you wonder where in the world they could possibly be? It’s here. No really…

Remember though, this is an unspoiled atoll. This isn’t Bora Bora, you aren’t going to get white glove service. Don’t expect WIFI and all the fixings of western life, they just don’t have much of a place on the island.

Activities

I said it before and I’ll say it again this is not the place to go for activities. You come here for beauty, amazing flat oceans, quiet nights on the beach, listening to the sounds, reading books… doing all those things in paradise.

However, if you absolutely need activities—you have a fair amount of outdoor activities waiting for you: deep sea fishing, scuba diving, snorkeling, swimming.

Food

Food options can be a little limited—most nightly expect that you’ll be eating at your hotel. The cuisine tends towards fruits, rice, and seafood. We are never overwhelmed with the food options like we are in St. Thomas but it is typically perfect. Just exactly what we needed.

For most people, Tahiti will be a once in a life time adventure but don’t discount the fact that you’ll fall in love with it like we have and spend far more time yearning to return to the island. It doesn’t take long to realize why famed artist Paul Gauguin left his comfortable life in France and eventually ended up there.

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