No longer just a honeymoon destination, Tahiti’s latest visitor figures show that baby boomers and millennials are accounting for the lion’s share of visitors to the paradise islands.

Ellie and Lauren Bullen with a Moorea ray_photo credit @elsas_wholesomelife - Air Tahiti Nui

In the first five months of 2017, young travellers (15-34) and those aged around the babyboomer bracket (55-74) each accounted for around a third of visitors to the Islands of Tahiti.

Meanwhile, May saw a 26 percent year-on-year increase among 15 to 24-year-old travellers.

While the destination’s overwater bungalows are still a big drawcard for couples, Air Tahiti Nui Regional Manager Australia New Zealand Alan Roman said the freedom and value afforded by rental homes and family-run pensions were attracting different markets to the Islands.

“Tahiti is an incredibly diverse destination, combining stunning natural beauty with a year-round tropical climate, an ancient culture and myriad activities on land and at sea. What we’re seeing is groups of friends hire out homes and rent a car so they can see the islands DIY-style, as well as babyboomers totally immersing in the destination at rustic B&B type accommodation,”

Mr Roman said.

“Young Aussie travellers are also realising that the ultimate getaway is closer than they think as its just a hop and a skip across the Pacific – about the same travel time as other millennial hot spots such as Hawaii and Thailand.”

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In conjunction with Tahiti Travel Connection, Air Tahiti Nui is offering pension packages starting from $1999* per person including return economy airfares and five nights in a pension in Tahiti.

Mr Roman said that combined air and accommodation packages still presented a great value way to sell Tahiti, but until November 30, 2017, Air Tahiti Nui was also offering return economy flights from Australia from $1219* enabling millennials and baby boomers the chance to take advantage of a more flexible itinerary.

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