Forget your plans and lose your map. Wander through long days and warm nights, tropical trips and sunset sessions. Make new friends and take new paths. Embrace salty hair and sunkissed skin. Because the ultimate adventure begins when you leave the familiar behind and roam free.
I went to French Polynesia with fresh eyes — hardly holding any expectations, with minimal planning, practically on a whim ready to take in Tahitian beauty for the first time. And finding ourselves in the middle of nowhere was more stunning than we could have ever imagined.
We first stepped off the plane in Tahiti. Tahiti; just the word conjures up centuries’ worth of images: fragrant Tiare flowers, healthy coral gardens, a humid breeze over turquoise sea. Sculpted by sky-piercing moss-green peaks and lined with vivid turquoise lagoons, sultry French Polynesia is a place to take it slow and experience warm, laid-back island chic. The relaxed care-free style, natural beauty, and country vibes closely bears similarities to Hawai’i Nei circa 40 years ago.
After a quick stop in Tahiti, we found ourselves back in the sky; Moorea bound. Vertical peaks, lush landscapes, and blue lagoons. A startling variety of adventure options await: there are mountains to climb, coral gardens to snorkel along, scenic areas to quad bike, waves to surf and sloping reefs to dive. Thanks to an awesome crew that took us out to sea during our stay, we spent our days mingling with black tip sharks, rays, and dolphins. We ended our days indulging in freshly made, sweet, tender and exotic poisson cru (Tahitian ceviche) and plenty of refreshing ice cold Hinanos. Manuia! (cheers!)
Before we knew it, we were bidding au revoir to Moorea and once again back in the sky. As the plane begins to descend, a magical scene comes into view; a perfect Morse-code ring of motus (small islets), shaded by palms, separating the indigo of the ocean from the crisp palette of lagoon blues under the distinctive silhouette of Mount Otemanu and Pahia. It is a dream conjured into an island. Welcome to Bora Bora — so nice they named it twice! I’ve traveled all my life, but rarely has an island embodied an earthly paradise. More than just a name and a myth, it is also an escape into another world still located on this same planet. Fringing reefs create a protected swimming pool of the most intense shade of aqua. What’s below the surface is even more spectacular: black tip sharks, lemon sharks, coral gardens, rays, clouds of fish… A visit will bring to life that magic moment in which something that was once a dream becomes reality. And my reality will This is my digital postcard and our journal from the adventure we forgot to end.
The island has a unique aura that attracts and seduces so many. The melt-in-your-mouth chocolate croissants, gin-clear waters, the most vivid and alive coral reefs, being surrounded by sharks, rays, and the most hospitable people i’ve ever met; whatever it may be, it has me wanting to come back for more again and again..
Let’s pack our bags and settle down where palm trees grow….
By: Amber Rose
Photos by: Evan Zubrod
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