Where is Tahiti? Did you know there are 118 islands?

August 19, 2014

Everyone dreams of visiting the islands of Tahiti so lets learn a little bit about this piece of paradise - making your dream of visiting one step closer to a reality!

There are non-stop flights out of LAX to Tahiti.  The main airport is Papeete (ppt).  The flight time is between 7 and 8 hours and is non-stop.  I suggest departing on the red-eye flight, that way you arrive in Papeete early in the morning and can transfer immediately to an outer island.  Otherwise you will need to have a “forced” overnight in Papeete.  The airline of Tahiti is Air Tahiti Nui.

The islands officially known as French Polynesia but widely known as “Tahiti” are actually 118 individual islands located in five island groups: the Society Islands, the Tuamotus, the Marquesas, the Austral and the Gambier archipelago.

The Society Islands are the most popular island group including the main island of Tahiti and its capital city of Papeete, as well as popular vacation islands of Moorea,Bora Bora, Huahine, Raiatea, and Tahaa.

The Tuamotu Islands are known for their outstanding diving and snorkeling including the islands of Manihi, Tikehau, Rangiroa and Fakarava.

The Marquesas Islands are historically significant with their ancient stone tikis, as well as the final resting place of poet Jacque Brel and painter Paul Gauguin.

The Humpback whales enjoy the waters around the Austral Islands between July and November.

You are now 2 steps closer to enjoying your umbrella drink under a palm tree - call me, the Travel Gal for more information and lets begin planning your vacation of a lifetime!

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Explore the Remote Islands of the South Pacific this Winter

November 13, 2012

Its beginning to feel alot like winter… and now is the time to plan your winter escape. How about cruising around the South Pacific - not on a huge cruise ship - but on a working freighter! I promise, they will not enlist your assistance in working aboard the Aranui freighter, instead you will be exploring the remote islands, deep in the South Pacific, where few Tourists have tread before!

Here is a sample itinerary:

Day 1 - Papeete, Tahiti

Day 2 - Fakarava, Tuamotu Islands

Day 3 - At Sea

Day 4 - Nuku Hiva (Taiohae-Hatiheu-Taipival)

Day 5 - Ua Pou (Hakahau-Hakahetau) Marquesas

Day 6 - Hiva Oa (Atuona)

Day 7 - Fatu Hiva (Omoa-Hanavave)

Day 8 - Hiva oa (Puamau-Hanaiapa)

Day 9 - Tahuata (Vaitahu-Hapatoni)

Day 10 - Ua Huka (Vaipaee-Hane-Hokatu)

Day 11 - Nuku Hiva (Taiohae), Ua Pou (Hakahau)

Day 12 - At Sea

Day 13 - Rangiroa, Tuamotu Islands

Day 14 - Arrival back in Papeete with a pocketfull of stories at around 9:30am

For more information and to begin planning this fabulous adventure call me, the Travel Gal

at 800 644-6659 or email Teresa@LuxuryHideaways.net

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Cruising options in the South Pacific

September 10, 2012

Ia Orana!

Lets plan a romantic adventure to the Islands of Tahiti - are you pondering the shores of Bora Bora, Moorea, Tikihau, exploring Hauahine, Tahaa & Riataea.…how about cruising the Marquesas Islands?  Sailing is a great way to see the islands of French Polynesia. Here are some options for you - but you need to act fast these ships are small - which is exactly the way you want to experience these tropical islands of the South Pacific...

Tahiti Yacht Charter
- this is a private catamaran with just you, the skipper/cook.  They can do 3-7 night sailings out in Raiatea, Taha’a, Huahine & Bora Bora.

Paul Gauguin Cruises - This is the only boutique 5 star luxury cruise line sailing through the Society Islands, usually they have 7 night itineraries and some 10-11 nights.   They cruise with a maximum of 311 passengers - really more of a very upscale yachting experience.

Dream Yacht Charter (formerly Archipels) -These are 4 cabin catamarans with up to 3 other couples and the skipper/cook with a variety of itineraries in the Society Islands and Tuamotu Islands.

Aranui III - This is a 13 night sailing aboard a working freighter which will take passengers up to the Marquesas Islands.  There are a few cabins on board for guests.

NOTE: I priced the Aranui 3 in a stateroom cabin with private bathroom, including airfare from LAX, transfers on a 13 night cruise beginning the first week of April 2013, the price for 2 is $10,383.00 just to give us a ballpark.

Contact the TravelGal at 800 644-6659 or email Teresa@LuxuryHideaways.net for more ideas and options.

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Aranui III - Cruise on a Freighter thru the South Pacific!

April 6, 2012

The Aranui is a mixed passenger/cargo vessel that operates between Tahiti and the Marquesas.  Experience a 14-day adventure cruise in the French Polynesia, Marquesas islands, begin the journey from Tahiti to Fakarava, Ua Pou, Nuku Hiva, Hiva Oa, Fatu Hiva, Tahuata, Ua Huka, Rangiroa and back to Papeete.

She offers comfortable, air-conditioned accommodations for about two hundred passengers. Passengers will be able to sunbathe on deck, swim in the pool, or enjoy exotic tropical drinks while the Aranui winds her way among the islands of the Marquesas.

The vessel operates under the French flag, and her crew are all Polynesian, primarily Marquesans. To give you an idea of the schedule, please see below (itinerary subject to change):


Departure from Papeete, Tahiti dock at 10:30am

Day 2 - Fakarava, Tuamotu Islands

Day 3 - At Sea

Day 4 - Ua Pou (Hakahau-Hakahetau) Marquesas

Day 5 - Nuku Hiva (Taiohae-Hatiheu-Taipival)

Day 6 - Hiva Oa (Atuona)

Day 7 - Fatu Hiva (Omoa-Hanavave)

Day 8 - Hiva oa (Puamau-Hanaiapa)

Day 9 - Tahuata (Vaitahu-Hapatoni)

Day 10 - Ua Huka (Vaipaee-Hane-Hokatu), Ua Pou (Hakahau)

Day 11 - Nuku Hiva (Taiohae), Ua Pou (Hakahau)

Day 12 - At Sea

Day 13 - Rangiroa, Tuamotu Islands

Day 14 - Arrival back in Papeete at around 9:30am

Facts about the ship:

Facilities aboard the Aranui, include electrical current, telephones and a ship’s boutique.


All meals are included in the price of carriage. Meals are served in the Aranui’s dining room in an informal setting. Depending on the number of passengers, there will be on or two seatings. There is buffet breakfast. Lunch and dinner menus will vary depending on what fresh ingredients are available. Complimentary wine is provided at both lunch and dinner.

For shore excursions, we will provide either a picnic lunch or a delicious meal at a local restaurant.

Please let us know at the time of booking, or no later than three weeks in advance of the sailing date if you need a special, medically prescribed diet.


Recommended clothing, luggage and sundries.

Shore Visits and Excursions

Information about excursions and activities available on your voyage.


The weather in the area is generally divided between the dry season, from March to October, and the wet season, from September to February. You can expect some rain even in the dry season, so we recommend you bring a poncho or other raingear for shore excursions. Temperatures during both seasons will average in the 80’s during the day, and 60’s-70’s in the evening. Temperatures are given in Fahrenheit.

To experience the South Pacific in a more authentic & intimate way,

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