Tahiti & French Polynesia – Pearl Havaiki Lodge

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Pearl Havaiki Lodge

Tahiti & French Polynesia – Fakarava

 

Travel tips to Tahiti & French Polynesia

 

Between heaven and earth, feet in the water, Pearl Havaiki Lodge welcomes you for a stay full of Polynesian smiles.

Let yourself be seduced by their house cocktails and refined cuisine of local and European inspiration.

Kayaks, canoes, and bicycles are at your disposal to allow you to discover the most beautiful places of the atoll. At the end of the day, treat yourself to an in-room Polynesian massage.

A veritable undersea Garden of Eden, Fakarava has been classified as a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve due to the rich diversity of its ecosystem. The undersea flora and fauna promises a richness in the myriad species you are likely to encounter. TopDive is located minutes from Pearl Havaiki Lodge on the northern side in the village of Rotoava.

Fakarava is the second largest atoll in French Polynesia. It is also part of seven atolls classified as “Biosphere Reserve” by UNESCO in 2006. The 2 passes that connect its lagoon to the ocean are Garuae and Tumakohua. They offer some of the best dives in Polynesia. The northern pass of Garuae is the largest in the Tuamotu Islands and probably holds the highest density of fish with the most amazing pelagic encounters ever seen.

Fakarava North Pass has pristine diving with an abundace of sharks and tropical fish life. Each dive site in this area has schools of fish you almost have to push out of you way to move along the reef. Other sites around this incredible pass offer black tips, white tips, nurse sharks, hammerheads, silver tips, walleye jacks, mantas and eagle rays. Though boat rides to the North and South Passes can be long from Fakarava (2-3 hours) and sometimes include rough seas, it is well worth taking the time to get out to these incredible unspoiled dive sites.

 

Photographs courtesy of Pearl Havaiki Lodge and TopDive.

 

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Package Rates Seize Your Sunshine Special – Up to 69% off!

January 1-February , 2021: $1446 per diver, $961 per vacationer double occupancy

February 4-February 10, 2021: $1616 per diver, $1131 per vacationer double occupancy

February 11- February 26, 202 $1661 per diver, $1176 per vacationer double occupancy

February 27-April 3, 2021: $1544 per diver, $1059 per vacationer double occupancy

April 4-August 14, 2021: $1329 per diver, $844 per vacationer double occupancy

August 15-October 30, 2021: $1293 per diver, $808 per vacationer double occupancy

October 31-December 22, 2021: $1329 per diver, $944 per vacationer double occupancy

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An Introduction to Tahiti & French Polynesia

Around 4000 BC, a great migration began from south-east Asia across open- ocean to settle the Pacific Islands. Many researchers conclude that Tonga and Samoa were settled around 1300 BC and from here colonization voyages were launched to the Marquesas Islands in about 200 BC. Over the next several centuries, great migrations to colonize all the Tahitian islands and virtually the entire South Pacific took place.

This area of the Pacific Ocean is now called the “Polynesian Triangle” and includes Hawaii to the north, Easter Island to the south-east and New Zealand to the south-west. As a result of these migrations, the native Hawaiians and the Maoris of New Zealand all originate from common ancestors and speak a similar language collectively known as Maohi.

Tahiti covers over two million square miles of the South Pacific Ocean and is comprised of 118 islands spread over five great archipelagos.

Many islands are crowned with jagged peaks while others appear to barely float above the breaking waves. Spread over an area as large as Western Europe, the total land mass of all the islands adds up to an area only slightly larger than the tiny state of Rhode Island.

The three archipelagos most sought by visitors are the Society Islands, comprised of Tahiti, Moorea, Bora Bora, Huahine, Raiatea and Taha’a; The Tuamotu Atolls or “Tahiti’s Strand of Pearls”, include the atolls of Rangiroa, Manihi, Tikehau, and Fakarava; and the Marquesas, or “The Mysterious Islands.”

The two other archipelagos, the Austral Islands and the Gambier Islands, lie to the south and the southeast, respectively, of the Society Islands. While very few travelers venture to these remote islands, those that do are not disappointed by the pristine environment.

Around all the islands of Tahiti, dramatic views continue below the water. Divers and snorkelers are amazed by the density of large marine life. Regular encounters include manta rays whose gigantic wingspan eclipses the passing diver; schools of dolphin dancing along the surf; sharks seemingly at every turn; and, in the Austral Islands, humpback whales thrill the lucky spectators in their annual parade.

These stunning islands offer a fantastic array of delights that visitors will always remember – be one those fortunate people and book today.


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