When you’re jotting down your bucket list destinations, the Islands of Tahiti are ones that commonly make the top of the list. The islands are filled with mystery and beauty for travellers hoping to explore the black-sand beaches, lagoons, waterfalls and volcanos found on the islands. French Polynesia is made up of 118 islands divided into 5 archipelagos, in an area the size of Europe. Often associated with luxurious over-the-water villas and celebrity vacations, there is another side of the Island of Tahiti that offers a local and experience for travellers on a budget to enjoy. To help you check the Islands of Tahiti off your bucket list, we’re sharing some tips on how to plan your trip to Tahiti on a budget.
Fly to Tahiti on a Low-Cost Airline
One of the biggest ways to stay in budget while travelling is to find a good flight deal to your destination. Luckily for you, there is a low-cost, long-haul airline, French Bee, that flies from Paris to San Francisco to Tahiti. If you can find a flight deal from Canada to San Francisco, this airline offers affordable fares to get you to the Island of Tahiti.
Stay Local at A Guest House
During this trip, save on your accommodations and splurge on the views to make travelling to Tahiti more affordable. On the mystical island of Bora Bora, Villa Rea Hanaa is a musical and artistic escape on the island that has several apartments and suites for guests to enjoy. Only a short walk from the beach, this villa offers breathtaking views over the lagoon and Mount Otemanu.
Or on the island of Moorea, Hotel Hibiscus offers beachfront cottages with views of some of the best views of the sunset on the South Pacific Ocean.
In Ahe, one of the most unique and charming experiences in the Islands of Tahiti is being able to spend a few days disconnecting at Pension Raita. Through the guest house, excursions to a local pearl farm and fishing demonstrations can be organized, but some of your best moments will be spent sitting on the dock and listening to the musical family that owns the guest house serenade you.
Explore the Islands of Tahiti Like a Local
Help support the local economies on the islands and find the best views and photo opps during your trip by booking your excursions with a local guide. Booking an excursion in Bora Bora will take you in a4x4 safari car in jeep off-road and up the mountain for some of the most picturesque vistas on the island or snorkel in a turquoise blue lagoon.
A trip to Moorea isn’t complete without a day out on the sea with Captain Taina where you will enjoy a full day exploring the lagoon, a chance to swim with the turtles and snorkel in a coral garden. The highlight of the day by far is the lunch on a “motu” (a small islet) where you’ll learn how to make her famous poisson cru and enjoy and fresh picnic.
Where to Eat in Bora Bora
Get off the resorts and enjoy a meal with the locals in Tahiti. In Bora Bora, you’ll find locals, tourists and celebrities all coming to dine at Bloody Mary’s to enjoy some of the fresh-caught fish grilled to perfection.