“Though we travel the world to find the beautiful, we must carry it with us, or we find it not.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson
After being a travel consultant for quite a few years now, I have to say I am more than grateful for the opportunities I have had thus far to see and experience the world. Meeting so many interesting people from all over the globe has been incredible also.
Though my wanderings have taken me to many diverse places, no one place has affected my soul as much as the Islands of Tahiti. So much so that only a few months after my initial visit I am on my way back there again! As a travel consultant I have spent quite a bit of time researching different areas of the world for my clients so I can recommend what itineraries, cruise ships, resorts, experiences, etc. will fit their personalities and dreams the best.
It is impossible to know the world in great depth so many travel consultants these days have been focusing in on specific areas to be able to have the knowledge it takes to craft an experience for their clients that they aren’t even aware they desire. Typically a travel consultant will specialize in those areas they know the most about and are the most passionate about.
For me, one of those areas is the Islands of Tahiti. To be sure, there are many very beautiful places in the world, and many that I would return to again and again. I adore wandering through the streets in Italy, and am completely fascinated by the history there and throughout Europe.
I love the many fascinating and unique islands of the Caribbean, the Islands of Hawaii, and also the multiple gorgeous areas of our own country.
But, there is something about the Islands of Tahiti that have taken a hold of my heart. I know I will never be able to escape the constant desire to return there over and over throughout the rest of my life.
It is so many things. The most overwhelming is the incredible, mind blowing, overarching beauty of the surroundings. I can’t even begin to compare it to anyplace else I’ve ever visited. There is a vibrancy about the blues, turquoises, and greens that I have never seen before. Looking out on the beautiful turquoise water is literally breathtaking. And the gorgeous blue lagoons! Indescribable!
It’s the people there. I met so many kind and lovely people. They are very friendly, helpful, sincere, and genuinely interested in the guests that come to their islands. The hospitality of the Tahitians is legendary. It is beyond expectation.
It’s the very interesting Polynesian culture that is so rich and so evident everywhere you go. It has been passed down for generations through many oral traditions and is over 3000 years old. Watching them perform their dances, songs, and chants is riveting. (And the men are pretty easy on the eye too…but I digress!)
It has a strong French flair. This is something I did not expect at all ( I don’t know why I didn’t think about that as I was aware it is a French territory!). This translates into finding amazing food in many places. Some people travel here just for the food. Foodies would be extremely happy here!
It’s unique, it so off the beaten path, but yet not so far away. Eight hours from LAX doesn’t bother me at all. What’s eight hours when you are going to Paradise?? Add in a fun day wandering around LA a bit before flying to Papeete and it really isn’t bad. The visitors they receive in a year are equal to what Hawaii receives in seven weeks. The islands are not at all overbuilt and some places are still uninhabited and still untouched.
In short, it is a dream destination and one that should definitely be on your list of places that must be visited in this very short time on earth that we all have.
Once you experience it you will have felt its ‘Mana’, as the Tahitians call it. Mana is a life force, it is a spirit. Mana is also something you feel, taste, and see when you are in the Islands of Tahiti.
Once you feel it, you will be completely captivated. It will live in your heart forever and it will be impossible to ever be the same.