We’re home! We’re home! Man, I love a good vacation, but is there anything nicer than coming home after being gone for awhile to your own bed?! I think not! This trip has been on our radar for awhile and I had been so looking forward to it for a couple reasons (more on those in my detailed recaps!), but mostly because I am certain that French Polynesia, Tahiti and the surrounding islands are some of the most beautiful places I have been in my entire life. I mean – the water alone is just unreal.
For this trip, we spent 3 nights in Tahaa, 3 nights in Moorea and 2 nights on mainland Tahiti. Traveling to and from French Polynesia can be a little bit chaotic depending upon where you’re traveling from and connecting flights and ferries don’t always align, but we were excited to be able to see some of mainland Tahiti on this trip. We stayed at Hotel Sarah Nui, Le Taha’a Island Resort + Spa and the Sofitel Ia Ora Beach Resort. All were amazing in their own ways and I’m still dreaming of waking up each morning staring at turquoise waters.
While this was a work trip for us, we were still able to find time to enjoy loads of fun activities. We snorkeled and discovered tons of new fish we had never seen before, explored untouched beaches, exercised every single morning – sometimes in the hotel gym, sometimes by going for extra long walks around the various resort trails (Sofitel offers an amazing running trail!), read every book we packed, flew the drone for truly breathtaking aerial views, ate some of the best seafood of our lives (holy moly – Rudy’s on Moorea is a must) and did a once-in-a-lifetime full day dive with the amazing marine biologist-led team at Moorea Ocean Adventures.
I have a full post on our underwater adventures, but I can’t help but take some time here to explain just how special that day was for both Dane and I. We spent 9 cumulative hours in the water that day seeing and learning about so many species that call the waters off Moorea home. We swam with pilot whales, black tip sharks, grey sharks, a lone lemon shark, countless different species of fish, pink whip rays and spinner dolphins. Not only was it a beautiful day, I learned so much from Matthieu, the lead marine biologist.
Because the weather patterns in Tahiti are similar to those in Hawaii, we were really nervous that we wouldn’t have as good of weather as we hoped for, but we were so wrong. The weather was insanely gorgeous every single day and we only experience one very brief downpour during our entire visit. Admittedly, the rain couldn’t even temper my good spirits. I think I was just so happy to be back in a place that makes my soul smile and before we knew it – the sun was making an appearance again.
I plan to cover our time in Tahaa and Moorea in separate posts, as well as an entire post dedicated to our ocean adventure (there are so many photos I don’t even know where to begin!) and a frequently asked questions post on traveling to Tahiti, so if you have any questions you’ve been wanting to ask – feel free to leave it in the comments here or send me a message on Instagram. You can read about our first trip to Tahiti last fall in the two-part post series PART 1 HERE and PART 2 HERE.
In between catching up on e-mails, blog work, writing projects and editing photos, I’ll be spending my day wishing I was jumping into this water! All the heart eye emojis for this Polynesian paradise 🙂 I’ve gotten a few questions about some of the stuff I wore on our trip, so I’ll try to link it as best I can here. Shop my headband here (tons of fun prints), my striped swimsuit here (looks like the stripes might be gone, but lots of other cute designs!), my ruffle top swimsuit here, my adorable kiwi swimsuit here + breezy blue geometric pants here.