Islands clad in emerald green beckon you from across the sea. Their names alone filled with romance. Tahiti, Bora Bora and Moorea evoke images of soft-sand beaches lined with palm trees. Here you can linger in the sun, go golfing, snorkeling and shopping. The adventures are as varied as the scenery is spectacular. That's what paradise is all about.
It is not surprising that Tahiti, the largest of the Society Islands, attracted the attention of explorers, scientists, and other luminaries who took the arduous journey to heed its call. But today's travelers don't need to spend months at sea to arrive in Papeete, French Polynesia's laissez-faire capital. One of the first things you'll notice are the brightly painted jitney buses called 'Le Truck' which careen all over town. Another is Marche' Papeete, overflowing with fresh fruits and flowers. And lastly the people, who display an open warmth that is unfeigned and purely natural.
Your first view of Moorea is from Tahiti. Which is like being in paradise and seeing the Garden of Eden wave at you on the horizon. Seen from across the opalescent Sea of the Moon, Moorea's jagged peaks, cloaked by lush green and encircled by blue, are everyone's dream of Polynesia.