Trip Blog by OWNER, Alison Adam
Our 2018 Tahiti Vacation to Rangiroa & beyond!
Hubby and I had the trip of a lifetime when we visited Rangiroa
! This amazing Atoll is a string of coral encircling a luminous turquoise and jade-green lagoon and is one of the world's greatest dive destinations. On the atoll of Rangiroa coral reef, the Kia Ora Resort & Spa is located near the Tiputa pass, along a large white sand beach bordered by coconut trees.
We stayed at the Kia Ora Resort & Spa
This resort offers bungalow categories to suit all budgets, families etc. We stayed in one of the very private and spacious Pool Villas. These lovely suites feature a beautifully appointed living room/bedroom, modern bathroom with all of the amenities and a gorgeous outdoor living space. You’ll have your own plunge pool, chaise lounges, dining cabana and a very cool outdoor shower and bathtub!
Diving Rangiroa with TOP DIVE
Had an exceptional diving experience on Rangiroa and are just so thankful for TOP DIVE for this amazing opportunity. My clients just rave about the multi pass discount and the incredible staff. I can definitely bare witness to this and highly recommend my clients to incorporate a dive in French Polynesia.
We Explored Rangiroa
The resort provided several options to visit the two main villages on the atoll, Avatoru and Tiputa: rental car, bicycle, sightseeing tour or fun-car. We of course chose the fun car!
Quick stay at the Le Maitai Rangiroa
The Le Maitai Rangiroa
is located half way between the villages of Avatoru and Tiputa in a large coconut plantation bordering the lagoon. We stopped here for a site inspection and really liked this 3 star charming, great value property.
Continuing our Tahiti Vacation - Taha'a & Bora Bora
is known as the Vanilla Island! Taha'a, with the rich aroma of vanilla lingering heavily in the air, offers a glimpse of the traditional, tranquil life of the Tahitians. We thoroughly recommend a half day Taha’a sightseeing tour. There is plenty to show you: sparkling lagoons bursting with aquatic life, historic sites, old-world plantations overflowing with fragrant crops of pineapple, vanilla and papaya, and unparalleled vistas. We loved every minute of our trip and where we stayed was amazing!
Le Taha’a Island Resort & Spa
Wow! Features Overwater Suites, Beach Villas and 2 Royal Beach Villas. Private patio and tropical gardens, private swimming pool (beach villas), spacious lounge and terrace, private deck with direct access to the lagoon (overwater suites). All of the Suites and Villas are very spacious and beautifully appointed with local materials. The Coral Gardens located adjacent to the resort are exceptional – it was only my 2nd snorkeling opportunity ever and I’m hooked! So many clients want to be able to snorkel without having to take a paid for excursion so the proximity to fabulous snorkeling is such an asset.
Vaitape is Bora Bora's main town. Most visitors to Bora Bora visit the main island for a few hours during their stay. You'll find a number of eateries and boutiques selling souvenirs and lots of jewelry stores selling beautiful black pearls. Vaitape also boasts a tourist office, two grocery stores where you can stock up on some snacks, a medical center and other necessities. But, onward we go to our resort!
The Conrad Bora Bora Nui
Having re-opened in early 2017 and re-branded from the Hilton to the deluxe rated Conrad Bora Bora Nui, it was time to visit and see for ourselves what this property has to offer! It definitely did not disappoint! The resort has managed to beautifully combine Polynesian tradition with state-of-the-art amenities from the accommodations, the 4 dining/beverage options (personal vote for best buffet breakfast!) to the plentiful recreational activities.
It offers 114 Villas and Suites all with views of the lagoon and horizon, including 86 Overwater Villas (18 featuring infinity plunge pools) and 2 x 2 story Presidential Overwater Villas with plunge pools. We loved the split level deck with sunbathing netting and loungers maximizing private relaxation – and the fabulous bathrooms with huge soaker tub!
Ending our Tahiti Vacation at Tetiaroa
The exquisite Polynesian atoll of Tetiaroa
, located 30 miles north of Tahiti, a place of stunning beauty, tranquility and rejuvenation — first for Tahitian royalty, who chose this island above all others for their summer retreat, and later for Marlon Brando who chose it for his personal sanctuary. The Brando is a unique luxury resort where everything that surrounds you has been designed around clean, renewable energy sources.
The all-inclusive Brando features 35 secluded villas with private pools on white-sand beaches frequented by sea turtles and exotic birds. Every villa is on a white sand beach, has its own outdoor eating and private beach area, its own private pool, soft, cozy furnishings, large windows that let you indulge in the sun, the breeze and lagoon views, and modern conveniences such as a media room.
The Ultimate Tour offered by The Brando
was a perfect way to learn more of the surrounding eco systems and the diverse nature inhabiting this beautiful part of the world. Each tour is conducted by a Naturalist Guide from the Tetiaroa Society’s foundation. Hubby and i thought this was one of the highlights of our 2018 vacation to Tahiti. It was a complete winner for us.