How to Plan the Perfect Honeymoon in Tahiti

A honeymoon in Tahiti is the ultimate way to celebrate the birth of a new couple. The tropical islands in the heart of Polynesia are among the most stunning and romantic spots on our planet. In this in-depth guide, you’ll discover how to plan a perfect honeymoon in Tahiti and how to best plan a trip to paradise. 

About this honeymoon Guide

After many years of dreaming, I first made it to Tahiti at the end of a long voyage across the South Pacific Islands in 2015. It was a life-changing experience for me, and I have since returned to Tahiti on six additional occasions, including for my honeymoon in 2023. I have written extensively about traveling to Tahiti on this website and in other publications. My passion has led me to extensively research Polynesian history and I currently lead organized tours to Polynesia in addition to helping independent travelers plan tailor-made trips to French Polynesia

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Part 2: Heiva Festival & the Society Islands

Tahiti = French Polynesia

Before we tackle how to plan a honeymoon in Tahiti, it’s important to note that Tahiti is just one island among the 118 islands and atolls that make up French Polynesia. Tahiti is the largest island in French Polynesia and where about 65% of French Polynesia’s population of roughly 285,000 citizens reside. The confusion stems from the fact that Tahiti is also the brand name used to market French Polynesia, especially to the U.S. market. So, when planning a honeymoon in Tahiti, you’re actually planning a honeymoon in French Polynesia. 

Motu Tautau & Le Tahaa Resort

Where is Tahiti

Tahiti is an island in Polynesia, a vast area of the Pacific Ocean that extends from Hawaii in the north, New Zealand in the West, and Easter Island in the east. This area is known as the Polynesian Triangle, sprinkled with 1,000 tropical islands and atolls and home to a distinct native population known as Polynesians. About 3,000 years ago, Polynesian ancestors embarked on multiple migration waves from Southeast Asia until reaching the far corners of the triangle just a few centuries ago. 

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Papeno’o Valley in Tahiti

The island of Tahiti is the international gateway to French Polynesia. It’s located roughly at the center of the Polynesian Triangle, about 8 hours from the west coast of the United States, about 5.5 hours from New Zealand, and 6 hours from Hawaii. 

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What makes Tahiti the Perfect Honeymoon Destination

The quick answer is that it doesn’t get more exotic than this. As far as tropical islands go, the islands of French Polynesia are nature’s finest creations, ranking high on my list of the best South Pacific islands. Here are the ingredients that make Tahiti a perfect honeymoon destination.


Simply locate Tahiti on a map, and you’ll understand that all newlywed couples have much closer alternatives for their honeymoon. Tahiti’s visitor numbers are quite low, meaning you’ll feel a lot more welcome and have much more space for yourself. 

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The island of Maupiti


Did you know that overwater bungalows were invented in Tahiti? This took place on the island of Moorea sometime in the 1960s. French Polynesia is home to some of the world’s most spectacular and exclusive resorts, a perfect way to spend a luxury honeymoon vacation. 

InterContinental Bora Bora Resort Thalasso Spa


It’s enough to look at images of Bora Bora to understand just how perfect the blend of land, lagoon, and ocean are in French Polynesia. Nowhere on Earth will you find such perfectly crafted islands, owing their shape and lagoon to millions of years of volcanic activity followed by erosion. 

Vairou Bay in Bora Bora


French Polynesia’s 118 islands and atolls are divided into five distinct archipelagoes: the Society Islands, the Marquesas Islands, the Tuamotu Atolls, the Gambier Islands, and the Austral Islands. Each archipelago has a unique geology and vibe, so hopping from one archipelago to the next is like traveling to a new destination. Within the archipelago, every island looks and feels different as well. 

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Monster’s Cave in Rurutu

the people

Polynesians are among the friendliest people you will ever meet. They are very connected to their ancestral heritage and the beautiful land and sea that is their home. Flower necklaces, smiling, and saying hello when passing by are all genuine parts of life on these islands. You will find that connecting with the locals unlocks memorable experiences and life lessons.

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A customary welcome in French Polynesia


Polynesians believe their islands were blessed with a supernatural power called mana, and many believe it can still be felt around various sites throughout the islands. After a few days in Tahiti, you, too, will feel the mana. I kid you not. The combination of the abovementioned reasons and a mysterious “x-factor” casts a spell on you, only fully realized when you return home.  

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Tiki statues in Hiva Oa

Video Tour of the Islands of Tahiti

Here’s a relatively lengthy but (I guarantee) enjoyable video that takes you across all five archipelagos in French Polynesia. You might need to disable your ad blocker for the video to load. 

When is the Best Time for a Honeymoon in Tahiti

Tahiti has two distinct seasons: a dry season from roughly June to October and a wet season from December to April. The best time to visit is in the heart of the dry season during August and September, perfectly timed with the peak of the wedding season. These months enjoy stable and relatively dry weather. Though considered the “cooler” season, daytime temperatures are warm and it might be mildly chilly in the evening due to the trade winds. If you’re interested in Polynesian culture, consider planning a honeymoon in Tahiti during the July Heiva FestivalThe shoulder seasons of May and November are also optimal.

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Dancing is part of everyday life

How to Get to Tahiti

The only practical means of getting to Tahiti is by plane, though many cruise lines offer itineraries that include a few islands in French Polynesia. When updating this honeymoon guide, you can fly to Tahiti from Los Angeles, San Francisco, Hawaii, Auckland, Paris (with a stopover in North America), Japan, and the Cook Islands. Air Tahiti Nui also operates flights from Seattle, but I’m not sure how long that will last. Before the COVID pandemic, LATAM operated a route between Papeete and Easter Island.

Tahiti Honeymoon Itineraries

With 118 islands and atolls covering an area of the South Pacific roughly the size of Europe, it’s essential to choose the right stops when planning your honeymoon in Tahiti. In case you’re wondering, here’s my list of the best islands in French Polynesia

The most common honeymoon itinerary in French Polynesia is Tahiti, Moorea, and Bora Bora. The next paragraphs outline this itinerary’s highlights plus a few “add-ons”. It’s important to note that all itineraries begin and end in Tahiti since it’s the only international airport in the territory. 

Tahiti, Moorea, Bora Bora

This “classic” honeymoon in Tahiti itinerary can be done in a week but more optimally in ten days. These three islands are part of the Society Islands archipelago, home to high volcanic islands that are partially or fully surrounded by a lagoon. 


Tahiti is the international gateway to French Polynesia. If you’re purely seeking the luxury resort-by-the-beach experience, use Tahiti only as a base (you might need to overnight, depending on flight times). However, if you enjoy scenic road trips and, especially hiking, Tahiti is worthy of two or three nights. Here’s a look at the top things to do in Tahiti, along with one, three, and five-day Tahiti itineraries. 

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The Heiva Festival in Tahiti


Thirty minutes by ferry from Papeete or 10 minutes by plane from Tahiti’s airport, Moorea is the obvious next stop. Thanks to twin bays carved into its north coast, Moorea resembles the shape of a heart when viewed from above. It is a stunning island that offers a wide range of accommodations and activities. Here’s a look at the top things to do in Moorea and an itinerary for spending up to seven days on the island.

Cook’s Bay in Moorea

bora bora

Bora Bora is the best way to wrap up your honeymoon in Tahiti. The island is known as the most romantic island in the world, famous for its overwater bungalows and breathtaking lagoon. Here’s a look at the top things to do in Bora Bora, along with a three-day itineraryChoosing the right resort is also vital, so here’s a dedicated guide about where to stay in Bora Bora.

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About to land in Bora Bora

Huahine, Raiatea, Tahaa, Maupiti

The “other” stops in the Society Islands are more off the beaten track. Each island deserves at least three nights, and it would be tough to visit all of them on a single visit (but possible) due to domestic flight routes.

The island of Huahine is known for its lagoon, ancient Polynesian temples, and relaxed vibe. The islands of Raiatea and Tahaa share a common lagoon. Raiatea especially appeals to hikers and Tahaa for an off-the-grid vibe. Lastly, Maupiti is known as “mini Bora Bora” thanks to its topography, but you won’t find any resorts, just a stress-free island that can be circled on foot in a couple of hours. 

Empty road in Tahaa

Tikehau, Rangiroa, Fakarava

Moving north of the Society Islands to the Tuamotu Atolls, you’re now visiting coral atolls that were once high islands but have since sunk beneath the waves, only leaving a narrow stretch of the land made of coral sand. The Tuamotus form the largest chain of coral atolls in the world. The prime reason for visiting these islands is their rich marine life, stunning beaches, and simplicity. You’ll need at least three nights at each stop and possibly more if you want to do a lot of scuba diving. 

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This small atoll is well-known in some circles. It’s famous for its pink sand beaches, bird sanctuaries, scuba diving, and snorkeling. Tikehau is still a low-key destination where peace and solitude can be found. Here’s a look at the top things to do in Tikehau, along with a five-day itinerary.

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Tikehau’s pink sand beaches


Rangiroa is the largest atoll in French Polynesia and the second biggest in the world. You could fit Tahiti inside its lagoon and still have some leftover space. Rangiroa is the “scuba diving capital” of French Polynesia, with diving taking place in the atoll’s two lagoon passes. Apart from diving and snorkeling, Rangiroa is home to several stunning remote beaches, the most famous of which are the Blue Lagoon and Reef Island. Here’s a four-day itinerary in Rangiroa.

Reef Island


Fakarava’s lagoon is a designated UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, so the diving and snorkeling are superb. With two lagoon passes located at the extreme ends of the large lagoon, Fakarava comprises two destinations. Fakarava North is close to the airport, main village, and Garuae Pass (the north pass), while Fakarava South consists of a cluster of pensions and the abandoned Tetamanu Village near the south pass. Both are legendary dive sites, and the atoll’s vibe resembles Maupiti’s. Here’s a look at the top things to do in Rangiroa and Fakarava, along with a five-day Fakarava itinerary.

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“Shark walls” in Fakarava

The Marquesas Islands

The most impressive of French Polynesia’s high islands, the Marquesas Islands form the northernmost archipelago in French Polynesia. The islands are not protected by a lagoon, and their small population is very proud. This is the ultimate destination if you want to witness what a Polynesian island may have looked like before settlement. Nature here is “on steroids”, best enjoyed on hikes, scenic road trips, or horseback. The islands are also home to the best-preserved Polynesian temples, and the local population authentically preserves their proud heritage.

Due to its remoteness and the cost of travel, aim to spend a week in the archipelago with a visit to two islands. In Nuku Hiva, hike to the highest waterfall in French Polynesia and road trip to remote parts of the island. In Hiva Oa, see why Paul Gauguin and Jacques Brel made this island their home. Lastly, in Ua Pou, admire the basalt spires rising out of the island’s center and visit remote hamlets where time stands still.

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Hakaui Valley in Nuku Hiva

The Austral Islands

French Polynesia’s southernmost archipelago is a wonderful option if you’re seeking to get off the beaten track. The Austral Islands run west to east, and every island in the chain has its unique personality. In Rurutu, explore eerie limestone caves, hike across its highest peaks, and swim with humpback whales between July and October. In forgotten Raivavae, visit one of the best beaches in French Polynesia at Motu Piscine and hike to the summit of Mount Hiro. 

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Swimming with humpback whales in Rurutu

The Gambier Islands

I can’t see a reason for honeymooners to head to French Polynesia’s hardest-to-reach and most remote archipelago. The Gambier Islands are clustered, with most islands floating inside a massive single lagoon. The islands are home to exquisite churches, and pearl farming is the major source of income.

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St Michael’s Cathedral in Rikitea

How to Island-Hop on your honeymoon in Tahiti

Considering you’re on a honeymoon and limited in time, domestic flights are the only practical way of island hopping in French Polynesia. The exception is the 30-45 minute ferry connecting Moorea with Tahiti. The Apetahi Express connects Tahiti with Huahine, Raiatea, Tahaa, and Bora Bora, but it’s a time-consuming journey.

The main domestic carrier in French Polynesia is Air Tahiti. The airline flies to all the islands of interest for tourists. Air Tahiti offers air passes, which greatly reduce the cost of domestic flights to multiple islands. Newcomer Air Moana is slowly expanding its network and services. If you want to travel in style from one island to another, you can also charter yachts, seaplanes, and helicopters

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Flying over Bora Bora

Best Honeymoon Resorts in Tahiti

French Polynesia’s signature is the overwater bungalow, the quintessential ingredient of a memorable honeymoon. Listed below are the top honeymoon resorts in French Polynesia at present.


Tetiaroa is a private atoll not far from Tahiti purchased by the late actor Marlon Brando. The atoll is home to nesting bird colonies and rich marine life. Though you can visit small sections of the atoll on a day trip from Tahiti (by boat), the only way to stay here is at The Brando, one of the finest resorts in the world. It comes with an expensive price tag, but you might encounter celebrities and royalty.


The best resorts are the newly-opened Hilton Tahiti and the InterContinental Tahiti Resort, both located not too far from the airport in Fa’a. They’re ideally situated to offer the best sunset views in Tahiti with a breathtaking panorama of Moorea. Next door, the (currently closed) Sofitel Tahiti Ia Ora Beach Resort and the Te Moana Resort in Punaauia are good options. On the other side of Papeete, en route to the east coast, the Le Tahiti by Pearl Resorts is another solid option.

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Te Moana Resort in Tahiti


The Hilton Moorea is the best resort on the island. It’s currently the only five-star resort in Moorea. It’s located at the foot of Mount Rotui and offers splendid views and good snorkeling. Next is the Sofitel Moorea, which will soon be upgraded to a five-star category. It’s located on the east coast on sandy Temae Beach. After the closure of the InterContinental Moorea in 2020, the Manava Beach Resort is the remaining option. It’s conveniently located just outside Maharepa, the largest village in Moorea.

Hilton Moorea


Tahaa’s two resorts are located on islets (motu) at opposite ends of the lagoon. The more low-key resort is Vahine Island on the island’s eastern side. The Le Tahaa Resort is the best resort in Tahaa and one of the best in French Polynesia. Le Tahaa is located on Motu Tautau, next to a pristine coral garden that’s part of every boat tour to Tahaa’s lagoon. The resort is perfectly sandwiched between Bora Bora and the main island’s west coast, so sunsets are often dramatic.

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Le Tahaa Resort

bora bora

There are lots of options on the prime honeymoon island. At the very top, both the St Regis Resort and the Four Seasons are the ultimate honeymoon choice, thanks to their location and amenities. In their vicinity, the InterContinetal Thalasso Spa and Le Meridien are good choices. My top choices are the more secluded (yet still five-star) Conrad Bora Bora Nui and the Bora Bora Pearl Beach Resort. If you’re planning to honeymoon in Bora Bora, here’s a guide on choosing the right accommodation

The InterContinental Bora Bora Resort Thalasso Spa

tikehau & rangiroa

The Pearl Beach Resort is the top honeymoon choice in Tikehau. The island’s famous pink sand beaches are right at your doorstep. In Rangiroa, the Kia Ora Resort has a few overwater bungalows backed by a beautiful coconut grove.

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The Kia Ora Resort in Rangiroa

Special Honeymoon Offers in Tahiti

If you’re after the resort experience, there are a few things to consider when planning a honeymoon in Tahiti. The leading chains have resorts on every major island, and some have teamed with “sister” resorts to fill in gaps. Taking advantage of chains and resort partnerships can unlock discounts on luxury accommodations in Tahiti, especially if you book in advance. Moreover, all resorts should offer complimentary honeymoon amenities, such as flower arrangements on your bed, champagne, drinks, and more. 

Pro Tip

If you want to ensure your honeymoon in Tahiti is memorable, let’s get in touch. We can review your plan together or plan a perfect honeymoon that’s tailor made to you.

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Overwater bungalows at Le Meridien in Bora Bora

Romantic Honeymoon Experiences in Tahiti

Contrary to popular belief, French Polynesia is not merely a beach holiday destination. It’s naturally home to stunning beaches and memorable hikes. In this guide on how to plan a honeymoon in Tahiti, I want to focus on unique honeymoon-specific activities.

Pro Tips

Here’s an extensive list of excursions and experiences in French Polynesia that you can book online.

Polynesian wedding

A Polynesian wedding is the ultimate way to remember your honeymoon in Tahiti. Every resort offers a different package, but the theme is always the same: lots of heavenly-scented flowers, a stunning beach setting, Polynesian attire, and a traditional wedding ceremony like in the old days.

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canoe breakfast

If you’re staying in an overwater bungalow, why not have a special breakfast delivered using a traditional Tahitian canoe? 

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Romantic private dinners

Enjoy a gastronomic dinner under the stars in secluded spots on the beach or even on small private islands. 

Sunset lagoon cruises

Embark on a traditional outrigger canoe to enjoy the magical colors of a Tahitian sunset. Some tours also include disembarkation on a private island for dinner. 

scenic flights

Even though domestic flights are an experience on their own in French Polynesia, there’s no better way to admire the islands’ unique topography and colors than by taking to the air on a scenic helicopter flight. Some exclusive offerings even include landing in exotic spots with magnificent views.

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Polynesian spa treatments

Every worthy resort offers world-class spa treatments. The Polynesian treatment will include the use of scented monoi and tamanu oils. 

What’s Next?

Now that you know the basics of how to plan a perfect honeymoon in Tahiti, check out an extensive list of related Tahiti travel resources and in-depth information, including travel guides to all the major islands. 

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