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.
Tahiti is included in many South Pacific luxury cruise itineraries and these will also call into a variety of the French Polynesian islands. Aside from Papeete, our favourite ports include Hakuhau, Fatu Hiva and Nuku Hiva in the Marquesa Islands, Tikehau in the Tuamotu Islands and Fakarava, Bora Bora, and Moorea, in French Polynesia.
If you wish to undertake an extensive and detailed itinerary taking in the local lush tropical islands then there are a handful of luxury ships that operate round-trip Tahiti cruises. The best known of these is the small but charming Paul Gauguin and Oceania Cruises also often base a ship out of Tahiti on round-trip Papeete cruises, these itineraries are normally for 10 days.
The Sovereign team forward to assisting you with your Tahitian luxury cruise plans at the guaranteed best fares.
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