Eight members of TravelStore’s Honeymoon Team recently returned from a special journey to the Tahitian Islands. As one of the most popular honeymoon, romance and destination wedding locations, our team visited a wide array of locations to ensure they've experienced the islands, properties and activities first hand so they can create the perfect experience for their clients. We'll be sharing their experiences and recommendations in a 3 part series over the next couple of weeks and we'd love to hear your comments as well!
We departed from LAX aboard a fairly empty Air Tahiti Nui plane. The plane’s middle section had four seats across, which enabled us to catch some nap time and arrive in Tahiti well rested. The flight attendants were helpful, served a nice meal. Movies continuously ran on the individual seat monitors. After about three movies and a little over seven hours, we landed in Papeete. There was an airport greeting with flower leis and a short ten minute coach ride to the beach front hotel, Manava Suites.
The Manava Suites had very large rooms, each with a full kitchenette, fully stocked with dishes and baking pans. I opened the drapes to find a beautiful ocean view and a large patio. The front desk staff was very friendly and welcoming to all the guests. The high ceiling lobby offered plenty of seating along with a computer station. Wi-Fi was also working for those that wanted to stay connected. The property was pristine with beautiful flowers and an infinity pool. Several guests enjoying a pre-hotel stay before they boarded their Oceania Cruise expressed their impressions and delight with the hotel.
Our first outing was to see what the island had to offer. We were taken to the island’s east coast. We arrived at a rock path to venture up to the see the waterfalls of Tiarei. After about a ten-minute hike, we arrived at the pool beneath the falls. A cooling mist filled the air. We were all wearing our sandals, but I would recommend sneakers for this trek. We walked a little slower, so as not to slip or twist an ankle. The view was well worth the walk as there is something special about a tropical waterfall that adds to the charm of the landscape. After many pictures at the falls, we boarded the bus and continued our tour to visit the blow hole of Tiarei. Again, more island charm for this destination. This was also a great photo stop.
Our next visit was to the Museum of James Norman Hall, where we enjoyed an outdoor lunch on the patio, overlooking the beach. We enjoyed the tour and learning about James Norman Hall, the American author who wrote “Mutiny on the Bounty”. At one point, I noticed a couple of ladies with tears in their eyes from one of the moving stories being told. This excursion is well worth the tome.
Our next adventure was to the local marketplace to shop for some souvenirs. The open-air market had everything from locally caught fresh fish, fruits and vegetables, pearl jewelry and tee-shirts for tourists.
Next, it was time to ‘island jump’ and board a ferry that would take us to Moorea. The ferry is located within a short walking distance from the market. We boarded for the 30-minute ride. The ferry was a large catamaran-style ship, part of the local transportation system that moves about the islands. (to be continued)
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