Tahiti is one of those places that barely looks real with its picture-perfect white sand, idyllic overwater bungalows, bluer than blue lagoons and jaw-dropping beauty. From dining on the freshest seafood to swimming with sharks and drinking cocktails on the beach, Tahiti’s dreamscape offers visitors nothing less than paradise.
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Surrounded by miles and miles of sparkling lagoon, it comes as no surprise that Tahiti serves up some of the finest seafood in the world. Here’s just some of the best seafood restaurant in Tahiti where you can get your fresh fix.
The Lotus Restaurant (pictured above): Jutting out above the ocean at the InterContinental Tahiti Resort & Spa, this unique eatery offers a swim-up bar during the day and stunning overwater gourmet experiences into the evening. The seafood selection is almost overwhelming with dishes such as prawn and citrus tartare with basmati rice wafer and yuzu dressing, and the pan-fried scallops with green pesto risotto, shellfish and safran sauce.
Bloody Mary’s: Dine on delicious seafood at the world-famous Bloody Mary’s restaurant and bar which has been visited by celebrities including Kim Kardashian, Martin Sheen, Billy Idol, Steven Tyler, Ringo Starr, Harrison Ford, Jane Fonda and Olivia Newton-John. Guests can enjoy fresh seafood and signature cocktails alongside spectacular views of the stunning surrounding landscape.
La Plage de Maui: Unassuming and a little bit shabby, La Plage de Maui looks like just a simple shack on the beach. But, this shack on the beach serves what is considered to be some of the finest seafood in the whole of Tahiti. Take a seat on a plastic chair on the sand and enjoy dishes such as fish cooked ina banana leaf with shrimp.
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Beaches and cocktails just go hand in hand, don’t they? If you’re looking for a tropical cocktail that you can enjoy in your bikini then check out our pick of the best beach bars in Tahiti.
Le Miki Miki Bar: You’ll find this boat-shaped bar hovering over the fish-filled lagoon at Le Méridien Bora Bora. The bars tiki cocktails are served in traditional Polynesian glasses with favourite concoctions including the ‘Zombie’ with dark and white rum, apricot brandy and pineapple juice, and the ‘Bahama Mama’ with spicy homemade rum, coco liqueur, coffee liqueur, pineapple juice and ginger syrup.
Vue Bar: Drinks, ocean views and the sea breeze in your hair, what more could you want? The Vue Bar at the Sofitel Moorea serves up signature cocktails such as the ‘Black Pearl’ with Jose Cuervo tequila, Malibu, pineapple juice, red berries and vanilla syrup, and the ‘Island Spritz’ with Ciroc vodka, fresh grapefruit juice and passionfruit syrup.
Faré Hoa Beach Bar (pictured above): Dip your toes in the sand at the Four Seasons Bora Bora where you can marvel at views of Mount Otemanu while enjoying light bites during the day and cocktails and live music at night. We recommend trying the ‘Coconut Cloud’ with vodka, Malibu, coconut ice cream, lychee and mint.
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Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora: In true Four Seasons style, this hotel screams high-end luxury with its dreamy overwater bungalows facing Mount Otemanu and amazing restaurants including the Polynesian and French-infused Arii Moana.
The Brando (pictured above): Marlon Brando purchased the atoll that The Brando sits on in 1967 and opened a five-star hotel like no other. Accessible only by private plane, its no surprise that the likes of Leo Dicaprio, Pippa Middleton and Barack Obama have escaped to this island paradise. In true celeb style, The Brando has a vegan menu created by one of the world’s finest chefs and huge villas, each with their own private pool.
Haumana Cruises: Holiday in true celeb style on a superyacht. Drop anchor in some of the most beautiful lagoons as you explore the dreamscape of Bora Bora and Taha’a discovering 50 shades of blue ocean on a boutique cruise that will make you feel like you’re on your own superyacht as you drift across sparkling waters to palm-tree dotted islands.
Tahiti is known for its bluer than blue waters and the best way to experience the beautiful ocean is with our list of the top water activities in Tahiti.
Feed sharks and stingrays: Explore the ocean’s vibrant coral gardens by getting up close and personal with some of the lagoon’s biggest residents. Tours are available that give guests the opportunity to snorkel through the lagoon’s clear, shallow waters before being allowed to feed the sharks and stingrays under the watchful eye of a guide.
Surfing lessons: Turai Mataare Surf School is the go-to company for those looking to learn how to ride some waves while in Papeete. Perfect for water lovers of all ages, this surf school offers group and one-on-one lessons under the supervision of an expert.
Dolphin watching: The world-famous Tiputa Pass is the place to be if you want to spot bottlenose dolphins in Tahiti. Join an excursion to this thriving dive site where you’ll find sharks, turtles, barracudas and colourful marine life.
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