Some people collect seashells. I collect lagoons. You know the kind I mean; you see them in dreams just after you fall asleep. Shimmering aquamarine water, virgin white sand and towering palm trees swaying slightly in the breeze.My quest has led me around the globe, but most often to the South Seas, where Bora-Bora and a handful of other islands are said to have the most beautiful lagoons in the world. When I recently heard about a place that was better than Bora, I had to see it for myself. Indeed, what I found was not only a remarkable lagoon, but also an incredible place, natural and unspoiled. And that’s another part of my quest: to spend time in some of the world’s last untouched places.Raivavae (pronounced ray-ee-va-vey) may well be one of these. It is part of the Austral Islands, a pretty group of seven French Polynesian islands (two uninhabited) south of Tahiti. Most are mountainous and green, but the real stunner is Raivavae, which looks a lot like Bora, with a … [Read more...] about French Polynesia’s Raivavae reveals a traveler’s dream lagoon
From LAX, Air Tahiti Nui and Air France offer nonstop service to Papeete, Tahiti, and Hawaiian offers connecting service (change of planes). Restricted round-trip fares from $1,837, included taxes and fees. Air Tahiti Nui and Air France offer connecting service on Air Tahiti to Rangiroa. Restricted round-trip fares from $2,136, including taxes and fees. … [Read more...] about Unplugged in Rangiroa, French Polynesia: no phones, no tablets, no computers … just nature
Brando discovered it while filming "Mutiny on the Bounty" (1962) on the nearby islands of Tahiti and Moorea. To prepare for his role as head mutineer Fletcher Christian, he collected more than 100 books on Tahitians, their history, culture, language and way of life. When he spotted Tetiaroa, he was captivated by its beauty and felt that the island — long a favorite of Polynesian high chiefs — brought him closer to paradise. … [Read more...] about Marlon Brando’s island paradise in Tetiaroa, French Polynesia
Located in the Pacific Ocean, The Islands of Tahiti seem like a mythical destination and the centre of the romantic universe. The islands exude a power that makes every experience unforgettable. A place where every person who gets to experience Mana – the spirit of the islands – and wants to go back for more. Within the 118 islands, there’s an island for every single person. It’s closer than you think and easier to travel to than you might ever imagine. Now, Marketing Manager Grace helps you find out which of the French Polynesia islands is right for you… Taha’a – The island of charm Known as the Vanilla Island, Taha’a will whisk you up and away into the traditional, tranquil life of Tahitians. Relax, relax and relax some more on this flower-shaped island surrounded by tiny motus (islets) with bright, white-sand beaches. The air smells so delicious, it’s as if it has been scented with vanilla. Stay – Le Taha’s Island … [Read more...] about Which of the French Polynesian Islands is right for me?
Elle, the worldwide lifestyle magazine of French origin named Hoi An among 10 stunning holidays ideas for 2019 that will "inspire you to live the way you’d like to". Elle described Hoi An as arguably Vietnam’s most underrated and marvelous town, a melting pot of architecture, history and culture. Dating back to the 15th and 19th century, the port town has a statuesque-ancient-town vibe. "From ornate Buddhist monasteries to the iconic Japanese Covered Bridge and from the bustling Riverside market to the tranquil old town, Hoi An has it all!" Elle wrote. View of the Japanese Bridge in Hoi An. Photo by Shutterstock/Nitith Chansure. Other destinations on the list included the Grand Canyon in the U.S. who was ranked at number one, followed by Tunisia, Greenland, French Polynesia, Berlin in Germany, Cairo in Egypt, Dakar in Senegal, Matera in Italy. Hoi An is a well-known travel destination in Vietnam. The ancient town is located in Quang Nam Province and only 30 kilometers … [Read more...] about Go to Hoi An for holidays in 2019, says French magazine