Senior Travel to Tahiti

Jan 13th, 2011 | By James E Becker | Category: Senior Travel

Tahiti and the Islands is a gorgeous selection of volcanic islands and atolls strewn lazily across the grand South Pacific Ocean. Tahiti is the largest of the islands. Born in a series of volcanic upheavals nearly three million years ago, the island of Tahiti is a range of lushly forested peaks plunging deep into the sea. The island’s interior is astounding; waterfalls cascade over sheer cliffs into rain forests below and rivers cut through dense valleys of giant ferns, wild fruit trees, and iridescent flowers. You will love it.

Tahiti has something to offer every senior, whether you are looking for ultra-luxury or you prefer a more rustic experience. Early Europeans explorers like Bougainville, Wallis and Cook could not believe their eyes upon arrival here after months at sea. You will not either. This truly was the veritable Garden of Eden and was nothing the crews of those ships could have ever imagined to exist.  Tahiti is the largest island in the Windward group of French Polynesia, located in the archipelago of Society Islands in the southern Pacific Ocean.  It is the economic, cultural and political centre of French Polynesia.

The population is 178,133 (2007 census), making it the most populous island of French Polynesia and accounting for 68.6% of the group’s total population. The capital, Papeete, is located on the northwest coast with the only international airport in the region. Tahiti is an easy 7 1/2 hour direct flight from Los Angeles and just south of the equator, midway between Australia and South America. Tahiti’s Faa’a Airport has 3 non-stop flights a week from New York’s JFK.  Tahiti is half way between LA and Australia and makes a great stopover. Ever since the famous French impressionist painter Paul Gauguin painted the Tahitian maidens, Tahiti has always had a mysterious allure. Officially known as French Polynesia, the area consists of 118 islands spread over four million square kilometers of ocean in the eastern South Pacific.  

Tahiti is a fabulous one-stop vacation destination. Many call it a Recharge in Paradise. It is the best occasion to relax after a long flight and it will allow you to discover a sample of the Tahitian taste before landing to your final destination. And seniors, these islands are a perfect destination for your anniversary. Tahiti averages a comfortable 80 degrees throughout the year so dress requirements are understandably casual. Bring summer clothes. Comfortable and cool, natural fabrics such as cotton sundresses or T-shirts make perfect daytime wear. For daytime wear on the outer islands, shorts, bathing suits and the local pareo, a sarong-like wraparound garment, are ideal.  Just right for senior travelers. Slacks and a golf shirt for men, and light dresses and resort wear for women are appropriate evening wear. Between June and September, evenings may occasionally be cool enough to warrant a light sweater or if you take boat or mountain trips. 

The Official just Right website is here. Everything you want to know about the islands of Tahiti including Bora Bora, Moorea, Huahine, Taha’a and the other exquisite islands of French Polynesia. Search Tahiti vacation deals, plan your Bora Bora honeymoon, or find a local travel agent who can create the perfect trip to paradise. Once you leave…you’ll want to come back.

Most of the hotel resorts in Tahiti can be found on the west coast side of the island of Tahiti.  What to see and do in Papette has many ideas for senior visitors.     jeb



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