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The reality of Tahiti is as dreamy as the images the name conjures up: bottle green palm trees, plunging waterfalls, sparkling black-sand beaches, and aquamarine lagoons against a backdrop of spiky mountains. Little wonder that this island in the South Pacific is so popular with honeymooners.
During a luxury cruise to Tahiti, you’ll begin to understand how the colors, scents, and exotic allure of this beautiful island inspired creatives over the decades. Explore the dazzling underwater world, discover ancient sacred sites, head deep into the backcountry, or simply relax on a pristine beach in the tropical sunshine, succumbing to the island’s seductive charms.
Tahiti’s warm, clear water is perfect for snorkeling and diving. A string of islets and teeming coral reefs protect shallow lagoons, where you can swim and snorkel among rays, black-tipped reef sharks, sea turtles, and dazzling reef residents, like the orange-and-white clownfish. You could see dolphins and whales, too. Join a catamaran tour for a day and jump straight off the boat into the blue-green depths, the reefs dappled by sunlight.
On a Tahiti cruise, you’ll have the chance to visit one of the most sacred places in French Polynesia, Arahurahu Marae. This ancient stone structure is still in use by locals as a place for the reenactment of traditional ceremonies. You can also see Point Venus, where 18th-century explorers Captains Cook, Wallis, and Bligh made their way ashore after anchoring off the island. For a glimpse into more modern history, visit the former home of author James Norman Hall.
Tahiti’s most obvious allure may be its beaches and lagoons, but the interior of the island is a paradise of cascading waterfalls, dense rainforest, and tropical flowers, the scent of gardenia and frangipani heavy in the air. Take a four-wheel-drive tour to the green Papenoo Valley, surrounded by mountains, and stop for a refreshing dip in the river.
On a cruise to Tahiti, you’ll visit the capital of Papeete on an itinerary lasting either 17 or 18 nights. Cross the Pacific, sailing between Honolulu and Sydney, Australia, calling at exciting ports along the way including Raiatea and Moorea in French Polynesia; Maui; and Auckland, New Zealand. You’ll also have several days at sea to relax into the rhythms of life on board, enjoy the ship, and commune with the ocean.
Soak up the intoxicating scenery of the South Pacific on a cruise with Celebrity. When you’re not exploring ashore, there’s no shortage of delights on board, from a shimmering pool to the romantic Sunset Bar, where you can raise a glass to the end of another blissful day.
Relax on the grass of the Lawn Club, the perfect place to read, tuck into a picnic, or challenge fellow guests to a game of croquet. Choose The Retreat for the ultimate in luxurious travel, with all-suite accommodation, an exclusive private lounge, and dining in the chic Luminae at The Retreat.