Sign Up
Newsletter Signup
Free Fodor's Newsletter

Subscribe today for weekly travel inspiration, tips, and special offers.

Passport: Your weekly travel wrap-up
Today's Departure: Your daily dose of travel inspiration

The Other Islands Travel Guide

Gallery
  • Photo: Ethan Daniels / Shutterstock

Plan Your Other Islands Vacation

Scattered around Tahiti are a number of island groups, mainly just specks of land in the vastness of the world's greatest ocean, but each a tiny green oasis. Some of the last places on earth to be discovered and settled by Europeans, they attracted famous explorers like Captain Cook, Bligh, and Ingraham. Later on, artists the like of Gauguin and writers such as Stevenson were to fall under the

spell of their year-round hot weather, warm tropical waters, and splendid isolation. Today, the Islands act as a magnet for the discerning tourist. Raiatea, largest of the Leeward Islands and second only to Tahiti in size, is a respectable 20-minute flight northwest from the capital and with neighboring Tahaa forms a popular holiday spot.

Away to the northeast of Tahiti, the Marquesas Islands are the most isolated island group in the world—the nearest is about a three-hour flight from Pape'ete. The Gambiers, part of the Tuamotu Archipelago, are to the southeast, with the Australs the last group to be discovered lying to the south. These are tiny patches of paradise, places where it is still possible to find that touch of romance and create the feeling of being in your own little world. They're not so easily accessible, but even if only for a few days try to make time for a visit and enjoy relaxing on an exquisite island paradise.

Read More

Advertisement

Advertisement

Book Your Trip







Compare Sites:




Compare Sites:




Compare Sites:





Trip Finder
Store
Travel Phrases

Learn French Phrases before or while you're on the go!

Download Now
X

No Thanks

Love To Travel?

Get FREE e-mail communications from Fodor's Travel, covering must-see travel destinations, expert trip planning advice, and travel inspiration to fuel your passion.

How we use your email

Thank You

Now sit back, relax, and check your inbox to start planning your next travel adventure.

Please tell us more about the type of travel you're interested in. Check all that apply.