A South Pacific Escape
A South Pacific Escape: Tahiti versus Fiji – Which one is right for you?
Tahiti & Fiji are both exotic south pacific nations ideal for romance vacations & for the traveler who desires a more exotic, less crowded beach destination. (Hawaii receives as many tourists in one week as Tahiti gets in a year)
It is a bit of a jaunt to fly to these south pacific paradises, but the natural beauty, amazing clear blue water & the warmth of their people make the long flights worth it. Tahiti is 8 hours from LAX while Fiji is a bit further at 10 hours from LAX. After arriving on Tahiti or Viti Levu, you can spend some time on the main islands where 90% of their populations exist or escape to the outer islands where authentic Tahiti & Fiji remain intact. Closer islands are accessible by ferry & outer islands like Bora Bora by prop planes. To access private island resorts in Fiji you will need to take a seaplane or helicopter.
Tahiti invented the over water bungalow. For most the over water bungalow IS Tahiti. There are hundreds spread over the islands. While Fiji has a few, located at Likuliku Lagoon Resort, their main type of accommodation is bures; a traditional thatched roof bungalow on the beach or in a tropical setting.
While you can splurge in either Tahiti or Fiji depending on where you stay, Tahiti is the more expensive of the two destinations. Most Tahiti accommodations are room only. If you find one with a breakfast package take it, as a resort breakfast maybe $50. Fiji private islands resorts offer all-inclusive meal plans, no beverages are included, but at least you have an idea of cost.
Cruising Tahiti & French Polynesia is another option & allows passengers the opportunity to experience more in less time. The all-inclusive Paul Gauguin Cruises, which offers intimate luxury small ship cruise itineraries, is a great choice.
Snorkeling, diving, kayaking, sailing, rafting, zip lines, hiking & golf are just some of your options for exercise & entertainment. Local ceremonies, music & culture will complete your island adventure.
Check out 8 Days Fiji Matangi Private Island Escape! Also, call or email me for personalized Tahiti & Fiji vacation ideas.