Paul Chai

At the two-day Parau Parau Tahiti conference in Papeete, there were a host of meetings as the industry got to grips with the best offerings in paradise.

But a twist on the recent Travelmarts was the opportunity for smaller, and brand new, operators to get in front of Agents, industry and media and show there is more to Tahiti in French Polynesia than luxury rooms on stilts.

So, from crazy luxury to small stays, from air to land and sea; here are four bright new shiny things from PPT2018:


French Polynesia’s first seaplane experience


The newest kid on the block, Tahiti Air Charter had just received its official government green light a day before the show. This makes them the first seaplane operator in French Polynesia with two Cessna 208 Caravan Amphibians based in Raiatea that will do scenic flights over Bora Bora, 30-45-minute flybys of Mt Otenahu as well as day trips to the surrounding islands. The last seaplane stopped 60 years ago, once airstrips were built on the islands, be one of the first to welcome them back.

Check it out at Tahiti Air Charter.


Swim with humpback whales (and more)


Fluid Dive Centre, Tahiti is offering guests a 90% chance of viewing humpback whales in season and a 70% of getting into the water with them. Tahiti is one of the last spots in the world to allow people to swim with these amazing sea mammals. A guide and a safe distance keeps everything above board and Fluid also offers trips with dolphins and feeding local tiger sharks – in water far warmer than Australia.

Check it out at Fluid Dive Center.


Stay in even more luxury

Intercontinental Bora Bora Resort and Thalasso Spa

Intercontinental Bora Bora Resort and Thalasso Spa

At the InterContinental Bora Bora Resort & Thalasso Spa, the newest name is luxury is the Brando Suite. These two-storey luxury overwater stays look right onto Mt Otemanu and comes with a private swimming pool, retractable roof over a second storey deck and can take four adults and four children.

Check them out at InterContinental Bora Bora Resort & Thalasso Spa


Go luxe away from Bora Bora

relais mahana

La Mahana

On the “garden island” of Huahine, so named for its lush greenery and the local’s attention to their own gardens, the Hotel Le Mahana has had a facelift. On its own stretch of beach near the town of Parea, the hotel has 32 Polynesian-style bungalows and one new bungalow made in the local style plus a bright and modern reception to stake its claim as one of the best boutique stays in the region.

Check it out at Hotel Le Mahana.

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