If there was ever a place that evoked almost unbelievable luxury, beauty, and exotic lifestyles it would be Tahiti. As a friend of our said, when she was a girl I was the place that game show winners went to. How else would a normal human being get to Tahiti?
Well, we’re obviously not normal because here we are. Now admittedly it took us a long time to get here: even with approaching six years of nomadic life we never made it here. So now we can finally check that box.
Oddly, though, we’re not spending much time in Tahiti itself. These days the great resorts and most beautiful islands are a bit further away, so we only spent really a day-and-a-half here, with another day-and-a-half at the end of our time in the Society Islands.
And what do you do with a day-plus in Tahiti? Not much really. We stayed at a surprisingly nice Hilton resort. No beach or even ocean access, but quiet, a beautiful pool, decent food, OK gym. A pleasant long walk just to see stuff. And whales! Yup, one morning I was out pretty early in an ocean-facing chair, peacefully reading when I thought I heard the distinct sound of a whale surfacing. Turns out I was wrong: there were two whales frolicking! You typically pay good money for a whale watch but there they were, probably no more than a hundred meters from shore.
From here it’s a short boat ride to Moorea, an island just a bit northwest of Tahiti and then a bit further afield to Bora Bora. Those stays will be longer so hopefully we’ll have more to report.