Tahiti, as remote and untouched as it is, is one of the world’s ultimate bucket list destinations, and, unsurprisingly, it’s got a selection of bucket-list worthy experiences to match. Tick these six adventures off your list of life achievements and you’ll have some epic stories to tell. First up, the opportunity to explore some lava tubes…
Hike the Hitiia Lava Tubes
The island of Tahiti’s lava tunnels are the result of the island’s lava flows cooling in the form of giant tunnels, and what with the water that runs through them; they’re perfect for a spot of adventure. Swim, slide, climb and scramble through these mossy caverns with an expert guide and feel like you’re journeying deep down into the earth. When you emerge a few hours later into the warm sunlight, be giddy from the adrenaline.
Walk on the sea bed
In Moorea you’ll have the opportunity to enjoy something really extraordinary – a helmet dive. Forget the standard diving equipment for a moment, and instead don just a weighted helmet that’ll keep you topped up with oxygen the whole time. Walk across the sandy bed and feed the stingrays that surround you. It’s an otherworldly atmosphere down there that you won’t forget in a hurry.
Sometimes pure exclusivity, rather than intrepid adventure, deserves to be on a bucket-list, and few things are as exclusive as a private yacht charter around Taha’a, French Polynesia. Live like royalty for the day as your skipper transports you from picturesque lagoon to white sand beach. You’ll stop at a vanilla plantation and enjoy plenty of snorkelling throughout the day too.
Unleash your inner archaeologist
Raiatea is the most sacred island in Tahiti and home to beautiful archaeological sites. As we’ve mentioned, this part of the world is largely untouched and thus its cultures and customs have survived centuries, making the sites on Raiatea hugely important.
Diving is the order of the day in Rangiroa, so colourful and rich are the coral reefs that can be found here. With a private instructor to hand, get to grips with your equipment before dipping beneath the blue waters for a look at French Polynesia’s world famous dive sites.
Horseback treks in paradise
Both Nuku Hiva and Hia Oa are perhaps the most traditional and untouched islands, and excursions here are perfectly suited to the more intrepid explorers. Leave technology behind and explore these wild and rugged landscapes on horseback for a true sense of Polynesian culture.