French Polynesia has been a charming tropical paradise for Europeans for more than 200 years. Tahiti, Mooråa, Tetiaroa, Raiatea, Tahaa, Huahine, Bora Bora, Maupiti, Marquises, Australes, Tuamotu, Gambier -- these are the most beautiful tropical islands in the world. The most popular among tourists is the Tahiti Island.
It is to be remembered that travel to Tahiti is not for those seeking ordinary vacations, with hotels and crowds of tourists. Tahiti receives fewer tourists a year than, say, Hawaii sees a day. Yet, it is a real luxury of being all to yourself. That can be avoided, however: a charming local girl will teach you wear pareo, a young tane will show how to break a coconut as in ancient times; they will dance and sing with you and for you, cook Poisson cru (Tahitian marinated fresh fish), chicken curry with bananas and sweet potatoes, coconut chicken with fafa or braised swordfish.
For two centuries Tahiti has been a source of inspiration for many writers. Wallis, Cook, Loti, Melville, Stevenson and Segalen, Somerset Maugham, Joseph Conrad and Romain Gary were among those using Polynesia as the backdrop for their tales and adventures. However, travelers are often interested not only in tales and stories, but in facts and figures, such as where to go, what the weather is like, or what kind of activities is possible during travel to Tahiti.
To tell the truth, the weather in Tahiti is totally unpredictable. It can be sunny for many days in a row, or else, it may strike with intermittent showers or storms at any time. But definitely, there are a lot more sunny days than rainy ones in any period. The average temperature is about 27 degrees over a year. Still, the weather is not relevant when deciding on a date of travel to Tahiti. In fact, there is no 'hurricane season', as these islands are outside the cyclonic zone of the Pacific. The hot sun is made milder by fresh ocean breezes.
Most travelers come to Tahiti just for watersports, and it is no wonder at all if consider a variety of available 'waterlovers' dreams': scuba diving, snorkeling, windsurfing, surfing being quite brutal at Bora Bora, swimming -- one of the easiest, cheapest, safest, and most popular activities available to all age groups. The only thing to note about swimming is that in certain spots currents may be fairly strong, so weak and unconfident swimmers should be careful.
Jet-skiing and wave-running are for those searching for extreme and adrenaline. One more adrenaline-pumping fun in lagoons is jet-boating. Jet boats run low and fast, and are specially designed for running in shallow waters. The most radical new sport in French Polynesia within the past 50 years is kite-boarding. It basically involves being pulled on a board similar to a surfboard with straps, by a powerful kite.
On the other hand, Tahiti is a wonderfully relaxing place, an ideal one for calm rest. The only drawback of travel to Tahiti and other islands of French Polynesia is a sad fact that all comes to an end sooner or later, and your leisure time is not an exception. But before returning home, do not forget to buy black pearls -- a wonderful memory about a wonderful travel to Tahiti.