If you ask almost any of your friends what they imagine would be the perfect South Sea island paradise, the name Tahiti will come up more than most - but it's not just in their imagination. The reality completely lives up to the ideal.
Tahiti truly is stunning. The blue of the skies has to be seen to be believed, the miles of sandy beaches will take your breath away and the variety in the vast assortment of islands is astounding - while some are rugged and mountainous, others barely lift their heads above the surface of the shimmering azure seas.
In other parts, the sea sends great curls onto the colourful coral reefs that protect the tranquil, turquoise lagoons which for centuries have lured tired, world-weary travellers to recharge their batteries, their spirits and their lust for life.
A cruise to Tahiti will visit several of the Polynesian islands, including Marquesa, Tikihau, Fakarova and of course, Papeete, the capital of Tahiti itself. Spread over an area as large as western Europe, the islands offer a glorious affirmation of the South Sea idyll.
And the people really do dress like that. Vahines, as the local girls are known, will give you a welcome as warm as the weather, and make sure that your stay is every bit as exotic as you imagined it could be.
While Tahiti offers a culture and lifestyle that‘s very different to ours, your ships will make sure that every modern comfort you have become accustomed to is provided to the very highest possible standards. The Oceania Marina, for example, has designer touches everywhere, from the Lalique-inspired staircase to Ralph Lauren furnished Owner’s Suites while the Silverseas Silver Discoverer offers a more intimate style designed for fewer passengers.
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