I love staying in overwater bungalows in Tahiti and nearby islands
By a contributing writer for Son of Waves Studios
I love staying in overwater bungalows in Tahiti and nearby Pacific islands. When we visited Tahiti, we found a bungalow with a perfect view of French Polynesia's largest island, Marquesas. We saw a white water river, a beautiful volcano, and the famous French Polynesian sunsets. We had just enough time to enjoy the view before a flight back to the states, but it was worth it.
Marquesas' island shape is very peaceful and the hotel has a large pool. The staff knew exactly what they were doing and the room was great. The staff brought us teas, snacks, and juice every day. Our room had a beautiful view with gorgeous black eagles. The hotel staff knew exactly what to do with us. I stayed in a bungalow and enjoyed it a lot, but the view was not as good as the one in the Hotel. The room in the Hotel had an amazing view. The French Polynesian food was good but nothing special. It was hearty and I loved how they made you feel like you are in France. The staff was helpful and friendly. I enjoyed the beach. French Polynesia has many beautiful beaches but this beach had the best water. The pool was a nice size. The staff was attentive and friendly.
Tahiti's weather was very warm and sunny.
Travel Advice: We went on our first trip in May 2008. It was a two week trip. We stayed in bungalows. One was in French Polynesia and the other one was on the main island. It was a good size bungalow. I loved the bungalow and would consider staying there again in the future. It was not busy and the rooms were comfortable. The sun was warm on the main island, but on the tiny island we stayed on the sun was so hot that we slept through most of the day. We experienced only 2 rain showers during our trip. I would imagine that with more foot traffic, more rain showers are likely. On the island we saw a white water river with great views. The weather was great on the island as well, considering that it was not bustling with activity.
Travel Tips: The best advice I can give for your travel experience is to plan your adventure into the great outdoors. Do not plan in a hotel. It is very easy to get caught up in the hectic lifestyle of the hotel scene and miss the greatest sights, even if it is your first time on the island. Try to avoid the main resort areas. You will get a much better experience in the nature. As mentioned before, our bungalow was in a hotel. We saw the sights of Tahiti far too often to count and miss the best views because of the walls. Remember, it is the scenery that is important, not the buildings. Plan with the mountains and the waters in mind.
Where to stay: You can stay most everywhere in the islands. On the main island the best deals are in the center with shops, galleries, restaurants, spas and bars. As mentioned before, the main island is also great with its wide range of rooms from basic to all inclusive.
What to bring: The best advice I can give you is to bring what you need on your adventure. Don't pack everything you need. Take the extra clothes, dishes, toiletries and small souvenirs. On our trip I carried a couple of large handbags which was a lifesaver when I visited a boat. You won't regret bringing a light jacket and some hats and gloves because it is very cold on the island.
As I said, what you bring on an adventure is not so important as how you prepare. So please remember to bring your camera, binoculars, maps, compass, compass card and a wind proof case for all your electronic stuff. Remember to take a few small cases for your hiking gear, tennis shoes and hiking pants. For clothes to take take waterproof packing bags and clothes to take compression clothes. Don't forget your favorite sunglasses or sun glasses, sun glasses, sun shield, bug spray, shaving kit, lip balm, lip balm and cream, lip moisturizer, aftershave lotion, after shave balm, after shave lotion, shaving cream, after shave balm and a few samples of moisturizers and sunscreens.
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