Authored by Carla Jonas
If your ideal vacation includes stunning views, luxurious overwater bungalows, and adventure opportunities, this gorgeous place is the ultimate traveling destination.
We’re talking about no other than French Polynesia. The place that satisfies both thrill and tranquility seekers. From the turquoise waters of Bora Bora to the magical Tahiti, French Polynesia is a definite bucket list destination.
Set on having the vacation of a lifetime in this gorgeous location? Then check out these three must-do activities for the adventurous traveler!
Three Adventurous Things to Do on Your Next Trip to French Polynesia
Visit the Magic Mountain of Moorea
Visiting the Magic Mountain is considered one of the top things to do on the volcanic South Pacific island of Moorea. Regardless of whether you hike or take a ride up the hill, one thing is for sure: the amazing views are worth it.
If you’re planning on taking a hike, make sure to pack lots of water. You’ll be climbing for about 2 hours in considerable heat! If you prefer a ride, opt for one of the popular ATV tours (but be prepared for an adventurous, bumpy ride).
Once you’re on top of the hill, enjoy the amazing panoramic views, perfect for an Instagram-worthy photo opp. The abundant, lush vegetation and the emerald green landscape are breathtaking.
Also, the vibrantly blue waters are all mesmerizingly gorgeous. So, enjoy them to the fullest by having a picnic on top of the hill. And, if you’re lucky, you might even spot a whale.
Above image credit: dany13
Enjoy the Tahitian Pearl Diving Experience
Once you’ve enjoyed the majestic views of the Magic Mountain, it’s time to move to the largest island of French Polynesia: Tahiti.
Some of the top things to do in Tahiti include taking long walks on the waterfront, visiting its Water Gardens, as well as its temples and cathedrals. But if you are looking for something more adventurous, there’s nothing better than the unique Tahitian pearl diving experience.
Your adventure will start at a pearl farm, in the middle of the turquoise waters. Step one of the process: a brief introduction on how the Tahitian black pearls are grown and extracted.
Next, you will dive in a blue lagoon, where you can find your own locally cultivated pearl.
About Tahitian Black Pearls
While they might be called that, Tahitian black pearls aren’t actually pure black. In fact, they come in a wide range of colors. From dark gold to eggplant and peacock, green to iridescent blue. Each shade carries a unique, mesmerizing beauty.
Harvesting oysters is definitely one of the top activities for the adventure seekers! However, many travelers and professional pearl divers agree that finding a Grade A or Grade B pearl is no easy feat.
But once they are found, they make for some of the most gorgeous iridescent pearl bracelets and necklaces in the world. Moreover, many near-flawless Tahitian pearls are used in crafting the trendiest masterpiece: the engagement pearl ring.
Above image credit: Brocken Inaglory
If you’re interested in pearl diving, make sure to save around $500 for the whole experience.
While it might be a little pricey, with a little luck, you might just find a pearl that’s truly exquisite. That could have a value of a few thousand dollars.
The highlight of it all: you will never find a more precious souvenir to bring home than a stunning, hand-picked pearl.
Feed Sharks and Stingrays in Bora Bora
You took the ultimate selfie on top of the Magic Mountain and you went pearl diving in Tahiti. What’s next on the adventure seeker’s list: no other than Bora Bora.
With its magical coral gardens and infinite snorkeling opportunities, you can never go wrong with a visit to Bora Bora. But if you are not one to shy away from a little adrenaline, there’s no better fit than an exciting shark and stingray cruise on the azure waters.
The most popular way to enjoy Bora Bora’s most exciting fauna: hop on a boat for a Bora Bora lagoon cruise to observe stingrays and black-tip reef sharks. But if you still need your adrenaline fix, there’s an even more exciting opportunity to follow.
Grab your snorkel and your mask and jump in the water. The guide will introduce you to the (very hungry and not very timid) stingrays and sharks. And if you are all about maximizing the adventure opportunities in Bora Bora, complete your trip with an exciting underwater scooter ride!
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