Society Islands Travel Guide

The most visited archipelago in the French Polynesian Islands, the Society Islands lie halfway between Australia and California in the South Pacific. The islands are divided into two groups: the windward French Polynesia, Society Islands map, Society Islands beachesislands, which include the archipelago’s largest island, Tahiti, and the leeward group, which is home to the popular honeymoon island Bora Bora.

Settled by seafaring Polynesians before the 9th century, the Society Islands have attracted visitors ever since English explorer Captain James Cook first landed on the shores of Tahiti in 1769. The 1935 classic film “Mutiny on the Bounty” and its 1962 remake cemented the archipelago as the quintessential island holiday destination. Formed by volcanoes eons ago, the Society Islands are steeply mountainous, covered in lush jungle greenery and surrounded by crystalline beaches and turquoise lagoons.  The Society Islands includes the islands of Bora Bora, Huahine, Raiatea, Taha’a, Tahiti, and Tetiaroa.  To learn more about the different islands and there beaches, visit our French Polynesia Beaches  page here.  Continue reading our Society Islands travel guide for information to plan your next trip to this amazing beach destination.

Weather

In the Society Islands, the month of January is characterized by essentially constant daily high temperatures, with daily highs around 87°F throughout the month, rarely exceeding 89°F or dropping below 83°F.  Daily low temperatures are around 76°F, rarely falling below 74°F or exceeding 79°F.  For reference, on March 24, the hottest day of the year, temperatures typically range from 77°F to 88°F, while on August 2, the coldest day of the year, they range from 71°F to 83°F.

Airports

There are airports on most of the islands.  Below is a list of the airports and where they are located.  Travel documents for entry into French Polynesia:  Each passenger is solely responsible for obtaining and carrying the correct travel documentation, including a valid passport, Visa (if applicable), sufficient funds to cover length of stay, and medical information (if applicable).  Always make sure that the way your name appears on the  airline ticket matches your passport. It is also advisable that the other documentation you carry matches your passport name and that you identify yourself by the nationality on your passport.  Make sure your passport is valid for the required time beyond your travel dates. Be advised, certain countries require a passport to be valid for six months beyond the date of departure.  So it is a good rule of thumb to make sure your passport is valid for 6 months past your departure date from the islands.  Here are the airports in the Society Islands:

  • Motu Mute Airport (Bora Bora)
  • Huahine – Fare Airport (Huahine)
  • Raiatea Airport (Raiatea)
  • Tetiaroa Airport (Tetiaroa)
  • Fa’a’ā International Airport (Tahiti)

Car Rental

Renting a car is not cheap. The prices fluctuate, so check out a few websites before you book your rental. I would say the average cost is about $400/week. Check with your insurance company and credit card about Collision Damage Waiver coverage to make sure you are covered in the case of an accident. Bring a hard copy of your reservation.  Most of the cars available to rent are tiny and may not be large enough to fit a family of four and their bags. Always try to book the second to smallest car, and it will still have barely enough room for three people and bags (light baggage). If you have a larger family, make sure the car you book is large enough to fit all of you and your bags.  Is it worth it to rent a car?  It depends on your family. If you plan to take daily excursions on booked tours or you don’t want to leave your resort, you don’t need a car. If you want to explore, stock up on groceries at the supermarket, visit the local food trucks or less expensive restaurants, you should rent a car, at least for a few days. If you crave independence and like to eat dinner outside your resort on most nights, rent a car for your entire stay.

Getting around the Society Islands, Air Tahiti, French PolynesiaGetting Around the Islands

The most affordable way to visit several islands is with an Air Tahiti Pass. These passes connect islands of the same archipelago, or two different archipelagos, while extensions to the far-flung Marquesas and Austral islands can be added on to the other passes. The cheapest is the Discovery Pass, connecting Moorea with Huahine and Raiatea, but many other combinations are available. Those purchasing a pass must complete their travel within 28 days and only visit each island once; however, not all islands have to be visited. Passes offer good value when compared with multiple point-to-point air tickets.

Bora Bora

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Bora Bora Yacht Club Society Islands French Polynesia, Bora Bora restaurants, Society Islands restaurants, Society Islands beaches, French Polynesia Islands, Society Islands travel guide$$$  Bora Bora Yacht Club

The Bora Bora Yacht Club Restaurant does everything right. From the friendly, attentive service, to the visually pleasing presentation of super-fresh, generous portions of delicious food. All this is provided in a beautiful lagoon side, tropical island ambiance.  For more information call 689 40 67 60 47, or visit them on the web at Bora Bora Yacht Club.

Bloody Mary's Restaurant & Bar Society Islands French Polynesia, Bora Bora restaurants, Society Islands restaurants, Society Islands beaches, French Polynesia Islands, Society Islands travel guide$$$  Bloody Mary’s Restaurant & Bar

Each evening (except Sundays), the daily catch of the local fishermen from Bora Bora is displayed on ice, where after an explanation of exactly what’s available on your particular evening. The fish are named, their habitats identified, and perhaps a preparation is recommended.  You can choose from the vast selection, pick one of our combination plates, or create your own particular combination. Crab, shrimp,steak, chicken, and a vegetarian plate are also available. It’s truly a fine dining experience.  For more information call 689 40 67 72 86, or visit them on the web at Bloody Mary’s Restaurant & Bar.

La Matira Beach Restaurant Society Islands French Polynesia, Bora Bora restaurants, Society Islands restaurants, Society Islands beaches, French Polynesia Islands, Society Islands travel guide$$  La Matira Beach Restaurant

This breezy, open-air restaurant provides an enchanting dining experience with delectable food. It’s well known for its Japanese cuisine (sushi, nigiri, teppanyaki) as well as well-executed French and Polynesian dishes. Salads and burgers are also available at lunchtime. Another clincher is the gorgeous setting, with an agreeable deck overlooking the beach. Free shuttle at dinner.  For more information call 689 40 67 79 09, or visit them on Facebook at La Matira Beach Restaurant.

Top Bora Bora Hotels
InterContinental Bora Bora Le Moana Resort

This property is 1 minute walk from the beach. Featuring a private white sand beach which is exclusive to guests, this luxury resort has beachfront accommodations on Matira Point. Guests can stay in unique bungalows positioned over the water.  Guests at InterContinental Le Moana Resort Bora Bora can enjoy a wide selection of water sports activities including snorkeling and kayaking.   Noa Noa Terrace Restaurant features indoor and outdoor sitting, and has buffet and selections from the menu. Vini Vini Bar & Restaurant, by the pool, has views of the beach and lagoon.  Each bungalow is air-conditioned and features a sofa bed, DVD player, cable TV and tea/coffee making facilities. The spacious bathrooms include hairdryers and bathrobes.  For more information, pricing, or to reserve your room, visit InterContinental Bora Bora Le Moana Resort.

Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora

Overlooking the magnificent turquoise waters of a private beach, the Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora features luxurious over-water bungalows and beachfront villas with views of Mount Otemanu. After an invigorating workout in the open-air fitness center, you can enjoy an afternoon of pampering at the waterfront day spa.  The resort features an infinity pool, a tennis court and free guided snorkeling tours of the lagoon sanctuary, which is home to many exotic marine animals. Guests can also enjoy kayaking, catamaran cruises, windsurfing and shark feeding.  You can sample a variety of cuisines at the 4 on-site restaurants, offering Polynesian, French and Asian specialties. Watching the sun set over the lagoon at Sunset Bar & Lounge, which provides the perfect ending to your day.  For more information, pricing, or to reserve your room, visit Four Seasons Resosrt Bora Bora.

The St. Regis Bora Bora Resort

On the tropical island of Bora Bora, the beachfront St Regis Resort offers 2 swimming pools, 2 bars, 4 restaurants and a luxurious day spa. All accommodations boast a balcony offering panoramic views of the lagoon or surrounding islands.  Suspended over the blue waters, Le Lagoon Restaurant offers Polynesian cuisine and views of Mount Otemanu. Te-Pahu serves Mediterranean-style grilled dishes, and Sushi Take Restaurant offers sushi, seafood and sake. Far Niente boasts Italian cuisine.  Miri Miri Spa boasts massage services, a sauna, a hammam, a steam room and beauty treatments. Other facilities include a 24/7 fitness center and a butler service. Guests enjoy free use of snorkeling and windsurfing equipment, beach side cabanas and sun umbrellas. Free Wi-Fi is available in all areas.  For more information, pricing, or to reserve your room, visit The St. Regis Bora Bora Resort.

Huahine

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Chez Tara Society Islands French Polynesia, Huahine restaurants, Society Islands restaurants, Society Islands beaches, French Polynesia Islands, Society Islands travel guide$$  Chez Tara

One of Huahine’s unexpected gems, Chez Tara is easily the best place on the island to sample Tahitian specialties. Head here on Sundays for its legendary ma’a Tahiti (traditional Tahitian food, served buffet-style at noon; 3500 CFP), which should satisfy all but the hungriest of visitors. It’s in a great location, right on the lagoon. Bookings essential.  For more information call 689 40 68 78 45, or visit them on Facebook at Chez Tara.

Huahine Yacht Club Society Islands French Polynesia, Huahine restaurants, Society Islands restaurants, Society Islands beaches, French Polynesia Islands, Society Islands travel guide$  Huahine Yacht Club

In a great location right on the lagoon, this lively restaurant is a favourite local watering hole and the best place to eat around Fare. With polished oyster shells nailed to the walls and lights strewn from the thatched ceiling, it has a beach-bar vibe and cooks a mean shrimp curry.  The menu is meat- and seafood-based, portions are generous. Linger over a fruity cocktail as the sun sinks low on the horizon or get rowdy over a few pitchers with friends old and new after the dinner crowd heads home.  For more information call 689 40 68 70 81, or visit them TripAdvisor at Huahine Yacht Club.

Top Huahine Hotels
Relais Mahana

Relais Hotel is situated on a white sand beach with a coral garden located next to the hotel’s private pontoon. All bungalows offer a terrace and a flat-screen satellite TV. It features an outdoor swimming pool.  The Relais Mahana Hotel has a beautiful garden and a terrace where guests can relax. Free facilities are available on the beach including kayaking, stand-up paddle boarding, and snorkeling. Tours and car rental services can be booked directly at the lobby  The restaurant offers outdoor dining with stunning ocean views, and serves Tahitian and European cuisine. Avea Bar features a range of refreshing local cocktails. Breakfast is also available for an additional charge. For more information, pricing, or to reserve your room, visit Relais Mahana.

Maitai Lapita Village Huahine

Set amongst tropical gardens on a beautiful white sand beach, Hotel Maitai Lapita Village features an outdoor swimming pool, restaurant and bar. Free use of snorkelling equipment and kayaks are available.  Omai Restaurant offers French and local cuisine with lagoon views across the swimming pool. Enjoy cocktails, beers or a glass of wine at the Oaoa Bar, situated between the gardens and the beach. For more information, pricing, or to reserve your room, visit Maitai Lapita Village Huahine.

Hotel Royal Huahine

Only accessible by boat, Hotel Royal Huahine features a private beach, outdoor pool, restaurant and bar. Some bungalows are situated over the water with a spacious sundeck and direct lagoon access.  All over water bungalows face west for wonderful views of Rai’atea, the Taha’a islands and spectacular sunsets.  Guests receive free boat transfers to and from Fare village. Free activities include snorkeling, kayaking, canoeing, table tennis, beach volleyball and local cultural activities.  For more information, pricing, or to reserve your room, visit Hotel Royal Huahine.

Moorea

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Te Honu Iti Restaurant Society Islands French Polynesia, Moorea restaurants, Society Islands restaurants, Society Islands beaches, French Polynesia Islands, Society Islands travel guide$$$$  Te Honu Iti Restaurant

“The Little Turtle” is one of the best restaurants on the island. Some people call it Chez Roger as that’s the chef’s name. There are great views of Cook’s Bay and the shark-toothed mountain. The menu is classic French with dishes such as frogs’ legs sautéed in garlic and beef tenderloin with brandy sauce. The chef will flambé your lobster or crêpes suzette at your table. This is an expensive night out (the lobster is 4,700 CFP) but it will be a night to remember, and there’s a free shuttle to and from your hotel.  For more information call 689 87 79 29 98, or visit them on Facebook at Te Honu Iti Restaurant.

Le Lezard Jaune Cafe Society Islands French Polynesia, Moorea restaurants, Society Islands restaurants, Society Islands beaches, French Polynesia Islands, Society Islands travel guide$$  Le Lézard Jaune Café

A surprisingly hip restaurant inside a house complete with dark-wood interior, this cool culinary outpost opened in 2015 specialises in creative fish and meat dishes seared a la plancha. For dessert, don’t miss the impressive caramelised (or flambéed) banana or pineapple. Free pick-up.  For more information call 689 40 56 35 00, or visit them on Facebook at Le Lézard Jaune Café.

Rudy's Society Islands French Polynesia, Moorea restaurants, Society Islands restaurants, Society Islands beaches, French Polynesia Islands, Society Islands travel guide$$$  Rudy’s

Try the legendary parrot fish stuffed with crab meat, the mussels or ask the owner, Rudy, who’s often tending the bar, for his suggestions. Steak lovers have plenty of choices too or they might prefer the stuffed boneless duck with port wine sauce or the lamb. It’s a happy place with music. You can’t miss it—it’s an all-white adobe style building on the mountainside of the main road, not far from the Pearl Resort. It offers free hotel transfers.  For more information call 689 40 56 58 00, or visit them on the web at Rudy’s.

Top Moorea Hotels
Sofitel Moorea Ia Ora Beach Resort

This property is a 4-minute walk from the beach. Sofitel Moorea Ia Ora Beach Resort is located on a picturesque white sand beach, and boasts spectacular views of the crystal lagoon and the iconic silhouette of Tahiti Island. The elegant bungalows offer beachfront or garden views. The resort features an outdoor swimming pool and 2 restaurants.  At K restaurant, guests can indulge in a striking fusion of local flavors and traditional French cuisine. Pure restaurant offers stunning views and a sumptuous seafood menu. The poolside bar, and beach bar offer an idyllic setting to enjoy a drink.  For more information, pricing, or to reserve your room, visit Sofitel Moorea la Ora Beach Resort.  

Hilton Moorea Lagoon Resort & Spa

This property is a 6-minute walk from the beach. This luxury resort features bungalows located among exotic flowers or suspended above a turquoise lagoon. Guests can enjoy a swimming pool, a fitness center, a tennis court, 3 restaurants and 3 bars. Free Wi-Fi access is available at the Eimeo bar and at Arii Vahine restaurant.  The day spa features a range of indulgent massages and beauty treatments. Recreational activities available on site include fishing, jet skiing, scuba diving, snorkeling, water skiing and windsurfing.  Showcasing panoramic ocean views, the lagoon-side restaurant serves a selection of local and international specialties. The Rotui Grill & Bar is ideal for cocktails or a light meal. Guests can enjoy a cocktail at Eimeo Bar or at the swim-up lagoon bar.  For more information, pricing, or to reserve your room, visit Hilton Moorea Lagoon Resort & Spa.

InterContinental Moorea Resort & Spa

This property is 1 minute walk from the beach. Nestled between the mountains and a lagoon, this 5-star resort features a choice of over-water bungalows with direct lagoon access, or bungalows surrounded by gardens with their own private plunge pool.  InterContinental Moorea Resort & Spa features 2 restaurants and an infinity pool with swim-up bar. Guests have access to a 24-hour fitness center, tennis courts, kayaks, water-skiing and dive center.  Moorea Dolphin Center is on site, providing visitors the opportunity to interact with dolphins. Hélène Spa uses traditional Tahitian techniques and ingredients in its massages and body treatments.  For more information, pricing, or to reserve your room, visit InterContinental Moorea Resort & Spa.

Raiatea

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Le Napoli Society Islands French Polynesia, Raiatea restaurants, Society Islands restaurants, Society Islands beaches, French Polynesia Islands, Society Islands travel guide$$  Le Napoli

Fantastic! One of the best pizza in the pacific isles. A must go for friendly discreet service and excellent wood fired thin crust pizza!  For more information visit them on the web at Le Napoli.

Restaurant La Voile d' Or a Raiatea Apooiti Society Islands French Polynesia, Raiatea restaurants, Society Islands restaurants, Society Islands beaches, French Polynesia Islands, Society Islands travel guide$$  Restaurant La Voile d’Or à Raiatea – Apooiti

At 1 km from the airport and 4 km from Uturoa, on the site of the Marina Apooiti, Carole and Pascal will welcome you in this exceptional, peaceful and airy place, by the lagoon.  A varied and varied menu, you can also taste the home-made specialties:  Tartiflette, cheese fondue, fondue, and homemade Foie Gras.  For more information call 689 40 66 12 97, or visit them on the web at  Restaurant La Voile d’Or à Raiatea – Apooiti.

Opoa Beach Restuarant Society Islands French Polynesia, Raiatea restaurants, Society Islands restaurants, Society Islands beaches, French Polynesia Islands, Society Islands travel guideOpoa Beach Restaurant

A warm welcome is waiting for you at the bar where you will be able to find a wide range of French Polynesian fruits flavored mixed rums. All served in a relaxed atmosphere with the pool and ocean as your only view. The restaurant, overlooking the sea, offers you a great setting to enjoy your meal.  For more information call 689 40 60 05 10, or visit them on the web at Opoa Beach Restaurant.

Top Raiatea Hotels
Opoa Beach Hotel

Opoa Beach Hotel is a 10-minute drive from Marae Taputapuatea, and a 20-minute drive from Faaroa Bay, the deepest bay in Polynesia. Offering great views of the lagoon and the coral reef, this luxurious accommodation offers an outdoor pool, free parking on site and free Wi-Fi in public areas.  The staff at the tour desk can assist with arranging day tours to Tahaa Island. Guests of Hotel Opoa Beach can take part in a wide variety of activities, including kayaking, snorkelling and fishing. An in-room massage service is available at a charge.  Overlooking the sea, the on site restaurant serves fresh local cuisine. Drinks and light snacks can be enjoyed at the bar.  For more information, pricing, or to reserve your room, visit Opoa Beach Hotel.

Hotel Raiatea Lodge

This property is a 5-minute walk from the beach. Hôtel Raiatea Lodge offers air-conditioned rooms, each with a large terrace overlooking the lagoon. The bar and restaurant look out onto the swimming pool and serves Tahitian and international cuisine.  Free activities include snorkeling equipment, 2-person canoes, bicycles, board games and a range of books. The small island of Miri is only 10 minutes away by canoe and boat trips can be arranged.  The restaurant serves elegant dishes, prepared using fresh and mainly local produce. It is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner each day.  For more information, pricing, or to reserve your room, visit Hotel Raiatea Lodge.

Hotel Atiapiti

Located on a private white sand beach, Hôtel Atiapiti offers bungalows and a villa with free Wi-Fi and private patio with ocean or garden views. Each has mosquito nets and a living room with a TV.  The hotel features a private pontoon with a coral reef, free snorkeling and fishing equipment, and a BBQ area with lagoon views. Guests can rent bicycles or kayaks at the front desk.  A kitchenette with a stove, microwave and refrigerator is standard in all bungalows.  The restaurant offers Polynesian and French cuisine, and specializes in seafood. The bar serves a wide range of cocktails made from fruits picked from the hotel garden.  For more information, pricing, or to reserve your room, visit Hotel Atiapiti.

Tetiaroa

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Beachcomber Cafe Society Islands French Polynesia, Tetiaroa restaurants, Society Islands restaurants, Society Islands beaches, French Polynesia Islands, Society Islands travel guide$$$  Beachcomber Cafe

The Beachcomber Café restaurant offers exceptional lagoon and ocean views, whether you decide to dine indoors or on the beach. Dishes include a varied menu of Polynesian-inspired dishes alongside classic French cuisine. For more information call 689 40 866 300 or visit them on the web at The Brando Resort.

Les Mutines Society Islands French Polynesia, Tetiaroa restaurants, Society Islands restaurants, Society Islands beaches, French Polynesia Islands, Society Islands travel guide
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Giving you an innovative and sophisticated vegan menu. The menu is inspired by Chef Au-Ieong’s travels around the world and incorporates fresh vegetables handpicked from the resort’s own organic garden. He spent time at resort, expertly training The Brando’s chefs on each vegan offering.  The vegan menu is  available at Les Mutinés by Guy Martin fine dining restaurant, the Beachcomber Café, and for in-room dining.  For more information call 689 40 866 300 or visit them on the web at The Brando Resort.

Poreho Restaurant Society Islands French Polynesia, Tetiaroa restaurants, Society Islands restaurants, Society Islands beaches, French Polynesia Islands, Society Islands travel guide$$$  Poreho Restaurant

You’ll really know you’re in the South Seas when you dining at this open-air restaurant. The gentle breezes waft in and the views—across the lagoon and out to the over-water bungalows—are fantastic. The menu has some new twists on old island favorites such as the appetizer of potted mince of mahi mahi served with local potato chips and confit tomatoes, and the main course of fillet of lamb on a bed of fafa (taro leaves) with Marquesas Islands honey and ginger sauce. The decadent banana-and-rum cake smothered in coconut milk mousse is a great way to end the meal. It’s wise to book ahead if you want to dine here, because a boat transfer, which may be an additional cost, is required.  For more information call 689 40 50 84 45, or visit them on the web at Poreho Restaurant.

Top Tetiaroa Hotel
The Brando

The Brando is a unique luxury resort on French Polynesia’s breathtakingly beautiful atoll of Tetiaroa. It sits on one of a dozen small islands (motus) that surround a spectacular three-mile wide lagoon.  The motus are all privately owned and available exclusively to the resort’s guests and visiting researchers.  With access to the atoll by a 20-minute private plane flight from Tahiti, the all-inclusive resort features 35 secluded villas with private pools on beautiful white-sand beaches frequented by sea turtles and exotic birds.  This Polynesian style resort offers two restaurants showcasing Polynesian-inspired dishes, East/West fusion and classic French cuisine; a luxurious spa and wellness center with several massage and treatment villas around a serene lily-covered pond; an organic garden where fruits and vegetables for the resort’s restaurants are grown; a lagoon-view bar in the canopy of the palm trees; a beach bar near a large infinity pool; a tennis court; library and cultural center; boutiques; and an environmental research station with guest programs.  An abundance of activities await those who want to be more active. Each villa has a bicycle for each guest that can be used to explore the paths around the island or take a picnic to a favorite beach. Guests can snorkel or dive with tropical fish, sail in the lagoon, paddle board to a neighboring island, take a kayak above coral gardens, stroll the long stretches of beach, enjoy a guided or unguided marine, bird, cultural or other excursion, or simply spend a day in the spa and wellness center.  For more information, pricing, or to reserve your room, visit The Brando.

Tahiti

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La Plage de Maui Society Islands French Polynesia, Tahiti restaurants, Society Islands restaurants, Society Islands beaches, French Polynesia Islands, Society Islands travel guide$$ – $$$  La Plage de Maui

Dine with your toes in the sand and a view just out the window of fish darting around in the clear blue water — this is by far the best setting for a meal on Tahiti Iti. Best go with the Polynesian plates that usually include steamed fish and local produce such as taro and breadfruit.  Steer clear of the raw fish dishes that are overpriced and not at all special. There are also cheaper burgers and such for the kids. Cash only.  For more information call 689 40 57 77 83, or visit them on TripAdvisor at La Plage de Maui.

Le Coco's Society Islands French Polynesia, Tahiti restaurants, Society Islands restaurants, Society Islands beaches, French Polynesia Islands, Society Islands travel guide$$$  Le Coco’s

Enjoy an epicurean evening with dinner at the waterfront Le Coco`s in Tahiti. Choose from three original menus, each with a different theme and unique combination of international flavors. The Roots & Signature Menu highlights authentic French cuisine; the Voyages & Inspiration Menu incorporates European elements from Spain, Portugal and Italy; and the China & Asia Menu features colorful plates prepared in Pacific Rim fashion. Each option includes an appetizer, main course, dessert, coffee (or tea) and a bottle of mineral water.  For more information call 689 40 58 21 08, or visit them on the web at Le Coco’s.

L'O a La Bouche Society Islands French Polynesia, Tahiti restaurants, Society Islands restaurants, Society Islands beaches, French Polynesia Islands, Society Islands travel guide$$$  L’O a La Bouche

This place comes highly recommended and it won’t disappoint.   The ambiance is very romantic and has the feel of an upscale restaurant. The service is extremely friendly and warm. The food amazing, second to none. By far some of the best food in French Polynesia.  For more information call 689 40 45 29 76, or visit them on the web at L’O a La Bouche.

Top Tahiti Hotels
InterContinental Tahiti Resort & Spa

A lavish garden setting, a gorgeous turquoise lagoon and volcanic peaks rising up in the distance, the InterContinental Tahiti Resort & Spa is the perfect launch-point for your French Polynesian vacation.  Guests have access to a diving center, open-air aquarium and tennis courts. Deep Nature Spa by Algotherm features a relaxation area with steam bath, and a fitness room with lagoon views.  The hotel’s over water restaurant, Le Lotus is located near the sand-bottomed swimming pool and offers beautiful views of Moorea. The menu boasts gourmet meals and a selection of fine French wines. For more information, pricing, or to reserve your room, visit InterContinental Tahiti Resort & Spa.

Manava Suite Resort Tahiti

Located right on the beach, Manava Tahiti offers luxurious accommodation 10 minutes’ drive from Faaa Airport. It features a fitness centre and an infinity swimming pool with lagoon views.  Manea Spa offers a range of traditional ‘Taurumi’ facial and body treatments. The tour desk can assist with activity bookings.  Vaitohi Restaurant has an extensive à la carte menu featuring Polynesian and international cuisine, and is open until midnight every day. Guests can enjoy drinks at the Taapuna Pool Bar, or the contemporary Punavai Lounge Bar.  For more information, pricing, or to reserve your room, visit Manava Suite Resort Tahiti.

Tahiti Pearl Beach Resort

This property is 1 minute walk from the beach. Set among tropical gardens, alongside a beautiful black sand beach, Tahiti Pearl Beach Resort features an infinity pool, a day spa and a health club. Guests can enjoy free unlimited internet access and free daily activities such as Tahitian dancing, yoga and aqua-aerobics.  Guests have free access to a 24-hour business center. Le Spa day spa offers massages, body treatments and a hot tub. The fitness center boasts stunning ocean views. The sauna and steam rooms operate from 9:30 am to 7 pm daily.  Hiti Mahana waterfront restaurant serves a mix of Tahitian, southeast Asian and Mediterranean cuisines. Guests can enjoy tropical cocktails and views of Matavai Bay at the Bay Bar.  For more information, pricing, or to reserve your room, visit Tahiti Pearl Beach Resort.

Taha’a

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Restaurant Tahaa Maitai Society Islands French Polynesia, Taha'a restaurants, Society Islands restaurants, Society Islands beaches, French Polynesia Islands, Society Islands travel guide$$ – $$$  Restaurant Tahaa Maitai

Everyone recommends this restaurant right on Haamene Bay, not only for its fabulous views but also for its delicious cuisine. The menu features lots of fresh seafood, local fruits and vegetables and delicious French desserts. There’s also a long cocktail list, making this a popular local watering hole.  For more information call 689 40 65 70 85, or visit them on Facebook at Restaurant Tahaa Maitai.

Ma'a Viti Pizza Society Islands French Polynesia, Taha'a restaurants, Society Islands restaurants, Society Islands beaches, French Polynesia Islands, Society Islands travel guide$$  Ma’a Viti Pizza

Really good pizza  and highly recommended. They can give you take away boxes as well if needed.  Lots of toppings to chose from and very fresh tasting.  For more information call 689 87 73 57 11, or visit them on the web at Ma’a Viti Pizza.

Le Ficus Society Islands French Polynesia, Taha'a restaurants, Society Islands restaurants, Society Islands beaches, French Polynesia Islands, Society Islands travel guide$$  Le Ficus

Good food and authentic. It is different. The dancing and fire show was top notch and the live music was very good. Great enthusiastic waiters and alcohol was included at least the wine.  For more information call 689 87 34 98 38, or visit them on TripAdvisor at Le Ficus.

Top Taha’a Hotels
Le Taha’a Island Resort & Spa

On Motu Tautau, Le Taha’a Island Resort & Spa includes 3 restaurants, 2 bars, a swimming pool and a fitness center. All accommodations feature a patio or balcony offering ocean, beach, or mountain views.  Guests enjoy free use of kayaks, snorkeling equipment and paddle boards. The free breakfast includes fresh juice, pastries, tropical fruits and eggs.  Unwind with a massage or beauty treatment at the day spa, or just relax on the lounge chairs. The resort provides regular live entertainment and traditional buffet dinners. The tour desk books plantation tours, island journeys and snorkeling trips.  For more information, pricing, or to reserve your room, visit Le Taha’a Island Resort & Spa.

Pension Hibiscus Tahaa

Pension Hibiscus Tahaa is situated in Haamene, 5.6 miles from Tapuamu. Guests enjoy the on-site bar and a restaurant overlooking the lagoon, specializing in seafood. Free kayaks are available for hire.  There is a shared kitchen and gift shop at the property. A grocery store is located 1,650 feet from the property.  Bike hire and car hire are available at this guest house and the area is popular for canoeing and hiking.  For more information, pricing, or to reserve your room, visit Pension Hibiscus Tahaa.

Things to Do in the Society Islands

Pure Snorkeling Bora Bora Society Islands French Polynesia, Bora Bora things to do, Society Islands restaurants, Society Islands beaches, French Polynesia Islands, Society Islands travel guidePure Snorkeling by Reef Discovery – Bora Bora

Enjoy the magnificent lagoon and coral reefs of Bora Bora in a small group with Pure Snorkeling by Reef Discovery. Snorkeling allows you to observe marine life just below the surface of the most beautiful lagoon on earth! Their tours are ideal for all ages, and are a great recreational activity; you experience nature during close encounters with marine inhabitants, without heavy equipment or training.  They provide high quality snorkel gear, clear instructions, and all the assistance you need.  For more information call 689 87 76 43 43, or visit them on the web at Pure Snorkeling by Reef Discovery.

Moorea Activities Center Society Islands French Polynesia, Moorea things to do, Society Islands restaurants, Society Islands beaches, French Polynesia Islands, Society Islands travel guideMoorea Activities Center

Their activity center centralizes a multitude of varied leisure activities that will help you discover Moorea both sea, under the sea than on land. By wave runner, by ATV, by 4WD, by boat, by semi-submarine… no matter how, get ready to live a waking dream!  For more information call 689 87 77 09 71, or visit them on the web at Moorea Activities Center.

ATV Moorea Tours Society Islands French Polynesia, Moorea things to do, Society Islands restaurants, Society Islands beaches, French Polynesia Islands, Society Islands travel guideATV Moorea Tours

The best way to discover the island of Moorea ,An adventure which the whole family will enjoy in total security.  For more information call 689 40 56 16 60, or visit them on the web at ATV Moorea Tours.

Captain Taina Society Islands French Polynesia, Moorea things to do, Society Islands restaurants, Society Islands beaches, French Polynesia Islands, Society Islands travel guideCaptain Taina – Moorea

Captain Taina Glass Bottom Boat Moorea Captain Taina, a dedicated native of Moorea welcomes you aboard the only glass bottom boat, based on the west coast of our beautiful island! 3 hours or full day guided tours. Discover the underwater Magic, snorkel with stingrays, sharks, turtles, underwater statues, and motu lunch.  For more information call 689 87 79 65 50, or visit them on the web at Captain Taina.

Tahiti Lagoon Paradise Society Islands French Polynesia, Tahiti things to do, Society Islands restaurants, Society Islands beaches, French Polynesia Islands, Society Islands travel guideTahiti Lagoon Paradise

Twelve fully private tours (only you onboard), at your pace, your convenience and at he starting time you choose.  No need to pile up to 12 on board a boat and swim on one another.  Trips are private and very high quality.  Mask, fins, snorkel, snorkel vest, and swim noodle included in all tours.  Free pictures of the tour included in all tours.  For more information call 689 87 22 66 06, or visit them on the web at Tahiti Lagoon Paradise.

Francky Franck Moorea Tours Society Islands French Polynesia, Moorea things to do, Society Islands restaurants, Society Islands beaches, French Polynesia Islands, Society Islands travel guideFrancky Franck Moorea Tours

Discover Moorea in 4×4 at your pace and this ride’ll be tattoo’d  in your memories.You’ll discover pineapple fields, cook’s and Opunohu bay, factory juice, vanilla plantations, marmalade tasting, “the belvedere” and Polynesian temples.  For more information call 689 87 76 40 28, or visit them on the web at Francky Franck Moorea Tours.

Lagoon Service Bora Bora Society Islands French Polynesia, Bora Bora things to do, Society Islands restaurants, Society Islands beaches, French Polynesia Islands, Society Islands travel guideLagoon Service Bora Bora

They will share their local knowledge and take you for an exclusive ride on the “most beautiful lagoon in the world”.  Snorkeling with sting rays and sharks, discovering amazing coral gardens, having a cosy motu luncheon, enjoying a sunset cruise with champagne, or an exquisite dinner under the stars…You will discover the hidden paradise the traditional way, in an exclusive comfort and tailor-made service. For more information call 689 87 75 69 57, or visit them on the web at Lagoon Service Bora Bora.

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24 Comments

  1. Sam

    Glad I found this site. Me and my family are booked in to stay in Bora Bora 3 months from now. Thanks for all of the great content you have come up with, has helped a lot!

    Sam

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Great! I am glad I could help with your planning! Have a wonderful time 🙂

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  2. rog

    Great site! I have not heard of the Society Islands before, but have been looking for a good beach destination. I am glad I found this post, as the Society Islands looks like a great fit for a vacation for me. I would like to travel there in December. How will the weather be this time of year?

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      I am glad you found this information useful and that you have decided to make the Society Islands your next vacation destination. The weather is pretty much ideal year round. December is a great time as the rates are a little lower and the weather is still beautiful. You will have a wonderful time. Please let me know if I can provide you with any additional information.

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  3. Excelle

    I could not have stumbled on this post at a better time than this. My best mate and I are planning a lovely holiday but we’ve been undecided on the destination, but now, I know Bora Bora is a place to behold.

    Better yet, the info you supplied on lovely hotels with car hire service is just a life saver.

    I have shared this post with my mate hoping she approves.

    Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      You are very welcome! Yes, Bora Bora is a beautiful destination and I don’t think you will have a hard time “selling” this destination at all. Thank you for visiting my Society Islands Travel Guide.

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  4. Himbru

    Very informative article about Society Islands. I was really ignorant about these beautiful Islands earlier. If I get the chance to go out of my continent for leisure travel definitely I’ll choose Society Islands first as I’m living in India.
    Your site is really very informative for travel purpose. And I’ll tell my country people about Society Islands and it’s attractive tourist places.

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Great!  I am glad I could provide an informative post with information that you can use in the near future.  The Society Islands is really a great travel destination!   Thank you so much for stopping by my Society Islands Travel Guide.

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  5. Stephanie Moore

    Your site drew my attention, and was very informative. I too have lived in Florida all my life,but Leahrae, you provided me with so much information I didn’t know. I did not realize there was so much to do in Naples, but then again I guess it’s just like any other small town in Florida. The night life is going strong, as does the rental cars. I’ve always thought Tampa or Orlando were considered in the middle,what’s your opinion on this? We sure could have used your suggestions last July when we started making plans to go to Germany. But none the less, we had a ball.I’d like to tell you an amazing story that happened to me. This pertains to the specific part on your destination packages page where you referred to the part about watching the sun set . One evening my late husband and I had driven over to St. Petersburg Beach to see the sunset. As we sat on the beach watching the sun go lower,lower,lower into the water, he says to me in his most serious voice…..Now if you listen closely, you’ll hear the ssssssssssssssssssssss as the sun goes all the way down! 

    Now to the Society Islands page.  I was reading all your pages and came across this particular post which intrigued me as I have never heard of the Society Islands before.  Sounds like a wonderful destination, and so many great beaches!  It is now on my bucket list!  Thanks for sharing such an informative post, and website!

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      I totally agree that Orlando is in the middle.  I consider Tampa just a hair more west.  And I have been told that too….to listen to sssssssss as the sun goes down.  A lot of people have not heard of the Society Islands which is really a rather beautiful and unique destination.  You would absolutely love the beaches and the just the culture there.  It is a rather great experience!

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  6. Chris

    My fiancée wants us to go to Tahiti and Bora Bora for our honeymoon and it would be our first time traveling together. I didn’t think about getting all the right details for restaurants, car rentals and hotels. I am very glad I came across your travel guide it is very thorough! Bookmarked 🙂

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Glad I could help and have a wonderful time! Please let me know if you need any other information for your trip. I would be more than glad to help! Thanks for visiting the Society Islands Travel Guide.

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  7. Phildora Perez

    Leahrae, I thought Bora Bora was a myth! Boy was I wrong. It is absolutely beautiful and untarnished. Your videos are phenomenal and allows me to see from an arial viewpoint just how lovely, peaceful, and luscious the island is. I have got to go there!

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Yes, Bora Bora is one of those exotic beautiful beach destinations that everyone who loves beaches needs to visit at least once in a lifetime for sure. I am glad you enjoyed reading the Society Islands travel guide.

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  8. Lathera

    Beaches in Exuma Bahamas is also a great travel destination for the entire family. Have you visited there?  This looks to be a wonderful beach destination, which is what brought Exuma, Bahamas to mind.  You have done a wonderful job, and I have been looking for information on the Society Islands and you have provided everything!

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      I have not visited Exuma in the Bahamas but I do have information on it 🙂  I am glad I could help you with the Society Islands.  The beach of French Polynesia are wonderful!  Thanks for visiting BeachTravelDestinations.com!

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  9. denney.

    I have never been to any island let alone get out of my country, and when I saw the picture of the Society Islands I was blown away, I am definitely gonna reference back to your page by bookmarking it, and when we are ready I am gonna set a course for Bora Bora. thank you for sharing this..

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Yes, Bora Bora is probably the best out of all the French Polynesia Islands.  The hotels there are 5 star and phenomenal.  Glad you enjoyed reading and thanks for visiting BeachTravelDestinations.com!

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  10. Andrea

    Wow, you made me wish to book a flight and get to one of these islands! Loved the pictures you choose and you structured your text very well, so that I could really have an Idea what to do and where to go. Also the order of your content made sense to me. Keep on going and growing, Mattysmom!

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Thank you so much Andrea and I glad you enjoyed reading.  The Society Islands in the French Polynesia is really like a dream spot as far as beach destinations goes.  Thank you for visiting!

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  11. Agnes

    This is great. Once again love reading your material, you never disapoint. So much information and gorgeous places so hard to choose. You really know your stuff. Thank you, its a pleasure coming back to your site every time.

    Agnes

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Thank you Agnes, and thank you for visiting again 🙂 Soon you will just have to get your beach destination planned! You won’t regret it!

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  12. Tony

    Thanks for the info. My wife and I have been looking to go on a trip to get away from our hecktic and busy lifestyle, and by looks of some of the recommendations in the Society Island Travel Guide we may have just found our next vacation. Thanks for all the hard work and detail to your readers.
    Cheers,
    Tony

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Thank you Tony and I hope you and your wife can get away soon.  It is such a beautiful place, perfect for couples for sure.  Also let me know if you need any additional information!

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