Embraced by Mana

Embraced by Mana

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Nowhere is Mana’s presence more alive and loved than The Islands of Tahiti. Considered a fundamental truth that is both tangible and intangible, it is the life force and spirit that surrounds and connects all living things. We wanted to introduce all sides of Mana to three lucky couples to experience it for themselves. These are their stories.

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118 Islands, All Connected by Mana.

Society Islands

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Bora Bora

Simply said, Bora Bora is probably one of the most beautiful islands in the world and the center of the romantic universe. Perfect white sand beaches give way to emerald waters, and luxury resorts and spas dot the island with overwater bungalows. This is where romantic dreams become reality.

Huahine

With its wild beauty and untouched beaches, Huahine is one of The Islands of Tahiti’s best kept secrets. The island, relatively untouched by the modern world, is a tropical jungle filled with thick vegetation and hidden temples. It’s perfect for hiking, and made for exploring.

Raiatea

Raiatea, meaning “faraway heaven” and “sky with soft light” is surrounded by myth and was the original center of Polynesian religion. The sacred island is also the nautical center of The Islands of Tahiti, and is perfect for sailing, deep sea fishing and scuba diving.

Taha’a

Taha’a offers a glimpse of the traditional, tranquil life of the Tahitians. The flower-shaped island’s simple beauty comes in soft mountain shapes and surrounded by tiny motu with bright sand beaches.

Tetiaroa

Some places you feel. They cast their spell on you immediately. This is Tetiaroa. A haven for birds, sea turtles, and all kinds of marine life, this sacred island was a getaway for Tahitian royalty.

Tahiti

Crowned by a circle of majestic peaks, Tahiti towers over the ocean like a proud, royal queen. Here, city life meets island paradise. While the interior of the island feels untouched, the shores are bustling with world-class resorts, spas, fine dining, shops and nightlife.

Moorea

Moorea rises magically out of the ocean like a cathedral. High, sharp, inspiring green spires, crowned by clouds. Poetic threads of waterfalls tumble down fern-softened cliffs, and peaceful meadows flanked by pinnacles of emerald green will renew your belief in the majesty of nature.

Marquesas Islands

The Marquesas are for the most adventurous of travelers. Geographically isolated and one of the most remote archipelagoes, its terrain is untouched, wild and rugged. Wild horses roam the landscape and natural wonders abound such as 1000-foot waterfalls cascade down sheer volcanic cliffs.

Tuamotu Islands

When it comes to wildlife, the sheltered lagoons and enchanted waters of the Tuamotu Islands are some of the richest in the world. The area is also the cradle for the Tahitian Cultured Pearl, grown with love, patience and respect in their unmatched colors and shades.

Austral Islands

Beyond the distant horizon of the South Pacific are untouched and mysterious lands undiscovered by most travelers. Visiting the Austral Islands is a rare opportunity to see The Islands of Tahiti in different light. If you’re looking for a true escape, these legendary islands are a place beyond imagination.

Gambier Islands

More than 1,000 miles southeast of Tahiti are the remote Gambier Islands. Raised up from the ocean floor by the god Maui, the mountains of the main island, Mangareva, rise over surrounding islands and the luminous lagoon like a great cathedral.

Popular Activities on Society Islands

Popular Activities on Bora Bora

  • Stay in Romantic Overwater Bungalows

Stay in Romantic Overwater Bungalows

Unlike any other hotel room, these traditional thatched-roof bungalows are perched over turquoise lagoon waters. Tropical fish swim below glass floors, and on your private balcony, surrounded only by water and sky, you can enjoy breakfasts delivered by canoe, and sunsets delivered by the heavens.

  • Dreamy Picnics Alongside Underwater Life

Dreamy Picnics Alongside Underwater Life

Bora Bora is a volcano set on one of the most beautiful lagoons in the world, and the romance of a motu picnic on its white sand beaches goes unmatched. Seated at a private table in the water, you are truly alone except for a chef and a stunning panoramic view.

  • Indulge in a Honeymoon Photo Excursion

Indulge in a Honeymoon Photo Excursion

Celebrate your marriage by spending a romantic afternoon on a honeymoon photo excursion. Kiss in front of scenic vistas, snorkel in the turquoise lagoon, drink from champagne filled coconuts, and come away with the perfect souvenir—professional photos capturing each incredible memory.

  • Feed and Swim with the Rays

Feed and Swim with the Rays

The large rays of Bora Bora seem otherworldly as they soar through the azure lagoon. While their stingers are somewhat ominous, their graceful, ballet-like movements will have you enchanted as you stand amongst them in the shallows.

Photos of Bora Bora

Popular Activities on Huahine

  • The "Superbowl" of Canoe Racing

The "Superbowl" of Canoe Racing

In November, Huahine hosts the start of the Hawaiki Nui Va'a, the world's largest and longest international open-ocean outrigger canoe race, and Polynesia’s number one sport. The start and finish are celebrated with a great festival of food, music, and dance.

  • Pay a Visit to the Gods

Pay a Visit to the Gods

The village of Maeva is perfect for reaching deep into the island’s rich history. Numerous marae and other archeological remnants are concentrated around this authentic village. Stone fish traps, an ancestral legacy, are still used, and an educational museum exhibits objects found during archeological digs.

  • Explore by Jetski

Explore by Jetski

Huahine's lagoon is famous for exploration by jetski. The shallow waters, large secluded bays, and quiet shores emit the feeling of true freedom and adventure. Guided tours are complete with frequent stops to picnic on your own private beaches and islets.

Photos of Huahine

Popular Activities on Raiatea

  • The Cradle Of Polynesian Culture

The Cradle Of Polynesian Culture

Raiatea shelters the most spectacular and first international marae of the Polynesian Triangle, where inauguration ceremonies, political alliances and international meetings took place. Communities from Hawaii, New Zealand and the Cook Islands still meet at this pilgrimage venue and home of their sacred culture.

  • View Raiatea from a Luxury Yacht

View Raiatea from a Luxury Yacht

As the top yachting location in The Islands of Tahiti, most charter companies and marinas have chosen to settle around Raiatea. The island hosts a large number of moorings and bays amongst volcano craters and waterfalls, a truly pristine and amazing environment.

  • A Unique Natural Heritage

A Unique Natural Heritage

Upon Mount Temehani lives the tiare ‘Apetahi, a flower so rare you will find it nowhere else in the world. This white half-circle and delicate flower has become the symbol of Raiatea. It only blooms at dawn, opening with a strange crackling noise.

Photos of Raiatea

Popular Activities on Taha’a

  • Time Travel Through Offshore Shipwrecks

Time Travel Through Offshore Shipwrecks

A favorite (and still kind of a secret) of savvy divers, the lagoon of Raiatea & Taha’a features the amazing octopus cave, caverns, famous wrecks, drop-offs, and coral gardens where encounters with eels, gray sharks, and huge Napoleon wrasses highlight the dives off these twin islands.

  • Tour the Vanilla Plantations

Tour the Vanilla Plantations

Aptly named the Vanilla Island, its rich aroma lingerers heavily in the Taha’a air. Over 80% of Tahiti’s harvest of this world-famous spice is grown here. Tours include strolling among the rows of climbing orchids and a demonstration of the pollination and curing process.

  • The Village of Patio

The Village of Patio

The quiet village, said to be haunted by the spirit of mythological twins turned into coral, sits on the north coast, opposite a string of islands that make a stunning spot for picnics, snorkeling, and just relaxing.

Photos of Taha’a

Popular Activities on Tetiaroa

  • A Bird Sanctuary

A Bird Sanctuary

Tetiaroa shelters one of the largest colonies of birds in The Islands of Tahiti where white terns, brown boobies, frigate birds, red-tailed tropic birds and above all the amazing great crested birds. They come to breed in this uninhabited haven where their environment has been respected and preserved.

  • The Brando: A High-End Eco-Resort

The Brando: A High-End Eco-Resort

At The Brando, luxury and conservation combine to set new environmental standards at this one-of-a-kind eco-hotel. The famous actor’s resort relies entirely on renewable energy using solar panels and coconut oil, and includes a scientific research eco-station that contributes to research, conservation and education.

  • Experience Tetiaroa by Helicopter

Experience Tetiaroa by Helicopter

Get a birds-eye view of the birds’ island from the whirling blades of a luxury helicopter charter. From above, you’ll get a good idea of the original Eden with its white sand
beaches and crystalline lagoon.

Photos of Tetiaroa

Popular Activities on Tahiti

  • Experience Tahitian Culture

Experience Tahitian Culture

Tahiti and especially Papeete provide the opportunity to discover artistic expression of all kinds, both unique and creative. Attend an enchanting Tahitian dance show called ‘ori Tahiti, visit a contemporary art exhibition, or see a traditional concert.

  • Surf the Water, Wind, and Sky

Surf the Water, Wind, and Sky

An ancient Polynesian sport, the thrill of surf remains unsurpassed. Tahiti is one of the largest centers for international competition, and, just like there’s more than one way to relax, there’s more than one way to surf. Try out fly-surfing, kite-surfing, windsurfing, and the classic way as well.

  • Discover Papenoo Valley

Discover Papenoo Valley

Whether on foot, on a mountain bike or in a 4WD, it is best to tackle the Papenoo Valley with a guide. This valley, stretching across the island, is rich in archaeological sites and spectacular countryside punctuated with many impressive waterfalls.

Photos of Tahiti

Popular Activities on Moorea

  • A Natural Playground

A Natural Playground

With its forested volcano, numerous waterfalls and deep chasms, canyoning in Moorea will touch your soul. Whether on foot or by 4x4 you can trek through lush rainforests, zoom through pineapple fields, and pause for a moment of reflection on mountain overlooks.

  • Take a Walk Underwater

Take a Walk Underwater

Below the waves, another world unfolds. This unique undersea walking tour takes you on a journey amongst the fish and vibrant corals. Filled with creatures both unusual and mesmerizing, it’s an outing you should not miss.

  • A Source of Inspiration

A Source of Inspiration

Many artists live on the island of Moorea. Painters, carvers, jewelers and tattooists have settled down on this island and take their time to capture the island’s beauty and serenity and find the inspiration to create their art.

Photos of Moorea

Popular Activities on Marquesas Islands

  • Unforgettable Horseback Rides

Unforgettable Horseback Rides

The sites of the Marquesas Archipelago feel much like walking through a fantastical fairytale. Explore the high mountains, remote beaches, hidden waterfalls and deep forests by horseback—going only where you wish to go, and where many have never been.

  • Gaugin and Brel's Memories

Gaugin and Brel's Memories

Known by many as “Paul Gauguin’s Island,” Hiva Oa is a majestic and historic island known for wild and untamed landscapes, carved giant stone tiki, and unearthly vistas, which provided the inspiration for the primal and colorful visions of artist Paul Gauguin and the passionate words of poet Jacques Brel.

  • A Show of Culture and Nature

A Show of Culture and Nature

Nature here is raw, and its charm even stronger. The Marquesans are said to be among the finest craftsmen throughout The Islands of Tahiti: large and fine carvings, beautiful tattoos, surprising pieces of jewelry: all witness to the renewed cultural talent of these people.

  • Tiki Island

Tiki Island

In Taaoa lies a huge ancient area featuring lithic structures and tiki statues blending within the untouched and primitive nature around them. You’ll find the “Takaii,” a one-of-a-kind smiling statue and the largest tiki on the islands, hidden in this lush vegetation.

Photos of Marquesas Islands

Popular Activities on Tuamotu Islands

  • Find Adventure Down Below

Find Adventure Down Below

In Rangiroa, divers come to “shoot the pass” for the world’s greatest adrenaline rush. Carried in a current past walls of hammerhead sharks, friendly dolphins, and tornadoes of jacks, divers end their thrill ride in a sparkling lagoon where scores of fish greet them in celebration.

  • Deep Sea Fishing in the Wild Ocean

Deep Sea Fishing in the Wild Ocean

The wild ocean surrounding Tikehau is filled with an abundance of large game such as marlin and yellow fin tuna. Experienced crews offer lessons for beginners, as well as local knowledge for serious game-fishing enthusiasts.

  • "Bleu Matisse"

"Bleu Matisse"

When famous French painter Henri Matisse discovered the island of Fakarava, he became enthralled by the infinite shades of blue of the lagoon. He would claim the colors were for setting oneself free, and the discovery was such that it triggered a new creative move for the artist.

Photos of Tuamotu Islands

Popular Activities on Austral Islands

  • Explore the Coral Island

Explore the Coral Island

Towering out of the ocean are the steep coral cliffs of Rurutu, a coral island. Riddled with caves and legends, you can explore the mountains, sea cliff caves, ancient marae and uninhabited motu by kayak, boat, 4x4, bike and horseback.

  • Swim with Humpback Whales

Swim with Humpback Whales

Humpback whales arrive in Rurutu each year. They come between July and November to mate or give birth in the amazing clear waters. Mothers and calves swim under the water while males and females communicate offering whale watchers a moment of pure bliss.

  • Unknown Archaeological Remnants

Unknown Archaeological Remnants

Numerous Pre-European archeological remnants can still be found around Tubuai. Most of them hide behind lush vegetation and seem to have been left behind but some of them are well looked after and are worth a visit.

  • Visit Tubuai

Visit Tubuai

A place of plenty, the rich volcanic soil of Tubuai has become the breadbasket of The Islands of Tahiti. Here, the traditionally farmed fruits fill the markets on the main islands, and the sapphire lagoon and inspiring Mount Taita, will feed your adventurous soul.

Photos of Austral Islands

Popular Activities on Gambier Islands

  • Take a Circle Island Tour

Take a Circle Island Tour

The quiet roads and waters of this archipelago are perfect for leisurely exploration. By boat or outrigger you’ll glide over the breathtaking lagoon, passing small motu, inlets and beaches. By car or bus tour the roads wind over rolling hills, through forests and up to stunning panoramic views.

  • Explore Abandoned Catholic Structures

Explore Abandoned Catholic Structures

Once the center for Catholicism in The Islands of Tahiti, there remains a number of surviving churches, convents, watchtowers, and schools from the 1800’s. Some structures are still in use, such as St. Michel of Rikitea Church, where the alter is inlaid with shimmering mother-of-pearl shells.

  • Tour a Tahitian Pearl Farm

Tour a Tahitian Pearl Farm

The world-renowned iridescent luster of the black pearl can only be created in Tahiti’s warm lagoon waters, and Mangareva has become an important supply source. Though “black” in name, colors range from the darkest black to shimmering green, blue, bronze, aubergine, or even pink.

Photos of Gambier Islands

Endless Adventure. No Matter the Island.

  • The Cradle Of Polynesian Culture

    Raiatea shelters the most spectacular and first international marae of the Polynesian Triangle, where inauguration ceremonies, political alliances and international meetings took place. Communities from Hawaii, New Zealand and the Cook Islands still meet at this pilgrimage venue and home of their sacred culture.

  • Surf the Water, Wind, and Sky

    An ancient Polynesian sport, the thrill of surf remains unsurpassed. Tahiti is one of the largest centers for international competition, and, just like there’s more than one way to relax, there’s more than one way to surf. Try out fly-surfing, kite-surfing, windsurfing, and the classic way as well.

  • Experience Tahitian Culture

    Tahiti and especially Papeete provide the opportunity to discover artistic expression of all kinds, both unique and creative. Attend an enchanting Tahitian dance show called ‘ori Tahiti, visit a contemporary art exhibition, or see a traditional concert.

  • Pay a Visit to the Gods

    The village of Maeva is perfect for reaching deep into the island’s rich history. Numerous marae and other archeological remnants are concentrated around this authentic village. Stone fish traps, an ancestral legacy, are still used, and an educational museum exhibits objects found during archeological digs.

  • Explore by Jetski

    Huahine’s lagoon is famous for exploration by jetski. The shallow waters, large secluded bays, and quiet shores emit the feeling of true freedom and adventure. Guided tours are complete with frequent stops to picnic on your own private beaches and islets.

  • The "Superbowl" of Canoe Racing

    In November, Huahine hosts the start of the Hawaiki Nui Va’a, the world’s largest and longest international open-ocean outrigger canoe race, and Polynesia’s number one sport. The start and finish are celebrated with a great festival of food, music, and dance.

  • View Raiatea from a Luxury Yacht

    As the top yachting location in The Islands of Tahiti, most charter companies and marinas have chosen to settle around Raiatea. The island hosts a large number of moorings and bays amongst volcano craters and waterfalls, a truly pristine and amazing environment.

  • Time Travel Through Offshore Shipwrecks

    A favorite (and still kind of a secret) of savvy divers, the lagoon of Raiatea & Taha’a features the amazing octopus cave, caverns, famous wrecks, drop-offs, and coral gardens where encounters with eels, gray sharks, and huge Napoleon wrasses highlight the dives off these twin islands.

  • Discover Papenoo Valley

    Whether on foot, on a mountain bike or in a 4WD, it is best to tackle the Papenoo Valley with a guide. This valley, stretching across the island, is rich in archaeological sites and spectacular countryside punctuated with many impressive waterfalls.

  • Tour the Vanilla Plantations

    Aptly named the Vanilla Island, its rich aroma lingerers heavily in the Taha’a air. Over 80% of Tahiti’s harvest of this world-famous spice is grown here. Tours include strolling among the rows of climbing orchids and a demonstration of the pollination and curing process.

  • Indulge in a Honeymoon Photo Excursion

    Celebrate your marriage by spending a romantic afternoon on a honeymoon photo excursion. Kiss in front of scenic vistas, snorkel in the turquoise lagoon, drink from champagne filled coconuts, and come away with the perfect souvenir—professional photos capturing each incredible memory.

  • Stay in Romantic Overwater Bungalows

    Unlike any other hotel room, these traditional thatched-roof bungalows are perched over turquoise lagoon waters. Tropical fish swim below glass floors, and on your private balcony, surrounded only by water and sky, you can enjoy breakfasts delivered by canoe, and sunsets delivered by the heavens.

  • Feed and Swim with the Rays

    The large rays of Bora Bora seem otherworldly as they soar through the azure lagoon. While their stingers are somewhat ominous, their graceful, ballet-like movements will have you enchanted as you stand amongst them in the shallows.

  • A Bird Sanctuary

    Tetiaroa shelters one of the largest colonies of birds in The Islands of Tahiti where white terns, brown boobies, frigate birds, red-tailed tropic birds and above all the amazing great crested birds. They come to breed in this uninhabited haven where their environment has been respected and preserved.

  • The Brando: A High-End Eco-Resort

    At The Brando, luxury and conservation combine to set new environmental standards at this one-of-a-kind eco-hotel. The famous actor’s resort relies entirely on renewable energy using solar panels and coconut oil, and includes a scientific research eco-station that contributes to research, conservation and education.

  • Swim with Humpback Whales

    Humpback whales arrive in Rurutu each year. They come between July and November to mate or give birth in the amazing clear waters. Mothers and calves swim under the water while males and females communicate offering whale watchers a moment of pure bliss.

  • Unknown Archaeological Remnants

    Numerous Pre-European archeological remnants can still be found around Tubuai. Most of them hide behind lush vegetation and seem to have been left behind but some of them are well looked after and are worth a visit.

  • Tour a Tahitian Pearl Farm

    The world-renowned iridescent luster of the black pearl can only be created in Tahiti’s warm lagoon waters, and Mangareva has become an important supply source. Though “black” in name, colors range from the darkest black to shimmering green, blue, bronze, aubergine, or even pink.

  • Unforgettable Horseback Rides

    The sites of the Marquesas Archipelago feel much like walking through a fantastical fairytale. Explore the high mountains, remote beaches, hidden waterfalls and deep forests by horseback—going only where you wish to go, and where many have never been.

  • Tiki Island

    In Taaoa lies a huge ancient area featuring lithic structures and tiki statues blending within the untouched and primitive nature around them. You’ll find the “Takaii,” a one-of-a-kind smiling statue and the largest tiki on the islands, hidden in this lush vegetation.

  • Deep Sea Fishing in the Wild Ocean

    The wild ocean surrounding Tikehau is filled with an abundance of large game such as marlin and yellow fin tuna. Experienced crews offer lessons for beginners, as well as local knowledge for serious game-fishing enthusiasts.

  • Find Adventure Down Below

    In Rangiroa, divers come to “shoot the pass” for the world’s greatest adrenaline rush. Carried in a current past walls of hammerhead sharks, friendly dolphins, and tornadoes of jacks, divers end their thrill ride in a sparkling lagoon where scores of fish greet them in celebration.

  • A Unique Natural Heritage

    Upon Mount Temehani lives the tiare ‘Apetahi, a flower so rare you will find it nowhere else in the world. This white half-circle and delicate flower has become the symbol of Raiatea. It only blooms at dawn, opening with a strange crackling noise.

  • Explore the Coral Island

    Towering out of the ocean are the steep coral cliffs of Rurutu, a coral island. Riddled with caves and legends, you can explore the mountains, sea cliff caves, ancient marae and uninhabited motu by kayak, boat, 4×4, bike and horseback.

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