Paul Gaugin once said “Tahitian community is enjoyment of life. But let us not forget
that on Tahiti, work it self is a pleasure”. The ancestors of today’s Tahitians,
believed to have endured long voyages from Southeast Asia some 4,000 years ago,
led a joyful existence here without care. They were their own masters—farming, fishing,
and collecting fruit on ancestral lands—leaving plenty of free time for song, dance and
storytelling. Relaxation was more important than work or wealth. Time was measured by the
blossoming of the tiare flower. The 18th century European explorers described the scene as a
n earthly Garden of Eden inhabited by the “Noble Savage”. Of course, they were most enthralled
by the Tahitian women, who possessed a feline grace and skin like pale-brown satin—a unique blend
of erotic laxity with beauty and hospitality.
Take a catamaran cruise around the island, or enjoy a relaxing sunset cruise on the Tiki Boat.
Right in front of the resort, you can experience the best snorkeling on the island along
Tefareri’i’s coral gardens with plenty of brilliant tropical fish. There is scuba diving around the
fabulous reef, or engage the consistent surf along some of the world’s most challenging reef breaks. Across the lagoon,
enjoy a quick hop by boat to nearby Motu Taiahu for a little swimming—and a decadent grilled lobster feast in a private
cabana that sits right in the water. It’s Tahiti’s version of a Tailgate party!
Recreation and entertainment within the beach zone and nearby the short jetty guests are invited to
experience a snorkeling trail unlike any other in the world. You can pick up your
snorkeling gear at the dive shop located under a rocky outcropping near the center
of the jetty. Beginners can participate in a short training course to insure a safe and
fun snorkeling experience. The intermediate and advanced snorkelers might venture directly
into the snorkel trail where they will be directed through a series of underwater markers
recounting eons of Tahitian history mysteries, cultural and folklore. For the advanced scuba
enthusiast our motor launches will taxi you to the outer side of the motu, where the deep water
reef fun begins. Swim with magnificent stingrays. Fish for marlin, the waters of French Polynesia a
re relatively rich in Blue Marlin. In total, fishing off the Leeward Islands brings in more than 255 marlin annually
in addition to swordfish, tuna, sharks and hundreds of smaller varieties.