Today we welcome guest writer Roxana Oliver to our blog. Roxana shares her island hopping cruise on her recent French Polynesia Holidays. The islands they visited look incredible! We hope you enjoy her post!
Island Hopping on our French Polynesia Holiday
by Guest Blogger | Roxana
When we got married, my husband and I first discovered the beauties of French Polynesia on our honeymoon trip, when we sought the privacy and unspoiled nature. We decided to go for an exclusive hideaway and hopped from Bora Bora to Le Tahaa private island where we had all the peace we wanted. The scenery and nature of the island left a great impact and we promised to come back, which we did. Only this time, we decided to discover more of the French Polynesia islands and went for an island hopping package.
Benefits of a French Polynesia Cruise
During our honeymoon trip, we really didn’t want to worry about money too much so we went all out to ensure our perfect comfort. This was fairly possible since we planned this trip for a while and didn’t move from island to island a lot. But when we decided that our next visit and island hopping will be all about adventure, we made sure to do this on a budget as well, which is definitely possible. Basically, we ditched the air travel and chose a French Polynesia cruise to the islands for a complete experience and that way we also saved money on accommodation and food.
We decided to leave Sydney for the Tahiti Islands in July in order to arrive at the time of Heiva festival and take our time to enjoy the performances, dances and traditional costumes before we finally fill up with enough energy to start exploring. It took us only two days to explore the mountains and beautiful waterfall valleys since, truth to be told, once the craze of the festival sinks in and the excitement calms down, you simply cannot wait to hop to another island.
This time we skipped Bora Bora and went straight to the island of Raiatea. This place had a really appealing aesthetics and sights for me. Raiatea is also called the Sacred island and that’s because it is the home of Taputapuatea which is the most important religious site of the country. What’s more, we saw the rare white flower called Tiare Apetahi which only grows here. It was really easy to take a tour since it was organized by one of the hotels on the island.
To experience the wild side of island hopping we moved to Nuku Hiva where we engaged in exiting scuba diving. There were no shelters of reefs and lagoons and thanks to the great amount of plankton in the water we managed to see some fascinating sea life.
If you decide to take a break from cruising, as we did, this is the place to do it. This island is famous for being the private island of Marlon Brando, and is a part of Society Islands. Make sure you stay here for a while, since the lush beaches and palm trees are not the only thing one might enjoy here. There is the world wide famous luxury resort named The Brando, obviously. If your budget allows it, it’s the best place to spend a couple of days. It’s a place you imagined as a kid, every time you heard someone talking about paradise on earth.
So we have packed our bags and yet again set sail. Continuing with our island hopping we soon reached Rurutu which offers many interesting possibilities. We enjoyed visiting the caves, and archeological sites seemed otherworldly. Basket-weaving is really big on this island and I just had to get some handcrafted goods. I chose a hat for myself and a wallet for my husband. Hiking through the island was unforgettable, since the nature of Rurutu is raw and mesmerizing. We also managed to get a glimpse of humpback whales.
When we found ourselves back home it seemed as if our adventurous cruise lasted a lot longer than it really did. It somehow became a crucial part of our lives and the experience enriched us with a completely new insight on the world and its treasures. The exchange between us and nature on our French Polynesia Holiday is definitely one of the most valuable gifts in our lives.
More about Roxana
Roxana is a travel enthusiast and lifestyle consultant from Sydney and she loves to write about her adventures. She is all about the healthy lifestyle, loves to run with her husband and dogs and has fun cooking exotic meals for her family. Being a typical Aussie, she often hits the waves and loves beaches and sunshine! You can find out more about her writing following her on twitter.