Tahiti vs. Fiji: What's best for you?

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Explore The Differences Between Tahití and Fiji and Decide Which is Right For You

Tahiti and Fiji are exotic nations in the South Pacific, ideal for a romantic getaway, a wedding, or a honeymoon. There are excellent reasons to visit Tahiti or travel to Fiji, so which one is right for you? Read on for tips and strategies that can help you decide.

1. If You're Not a Fan of Long Flights

Both are far in the Pacific Ocean, but Fiji is further away. The flight to Los Angeles Tahiti Faa'a International Airport (PPT) (LAX) takes around eight hours and 15 minutes, while the flight from LAX to Nadi International Airport (NAD) in Fiji takes 10 hours and 45 minutes. Minutes.

2. If You're Not a Fan of Small Planes

After arriving in Tahiti and Fiji, you can stay at a resort on the main islands, Tahiti and Viti Levu, respectively. But to really experience the destinations, you'll want to visit smaller islands, which are mostly accessible by propeller planes.

In Tahiti, you can reach Moorea on a 30-minute high-speed catamaran, cruise the islands on the Paul Gauguin m / s, or fly to remote islands such as Bora Bora, Raiatea, Huahine, and Tuamotus on Air Tahiti seats 48 and 66. ATR turboprops.

In Fiji, you can access certain islands in the Mamanuca and Yasawa island groups by speedboat and ferry, or cross the Yasawas. You can also fly to larger islands like Vanua Levu, Taveuni, and Kadavu on Pacific Sun (Air Pacific's national airline) with ATR and DeHavilland turboprop. To get to some private island resorts, you will need to take a seaplane or helicopter.

3. If You Want to Sleep in an Overwater Bungalow

Tahiti invented the overwater bungalow and today there are hundreds located on a dozen islands. Fiji's main accommodation is in bungalows, traditional thatched-roof bungalows set along the beach or in tropical foliage, but one resort, Likuliku Lagoon Resort, has overwater bungalows.

4. If You Like All-Inclusive Resorts

Nothing in Tahiti is included in the resort fee, except the room. Some special rates include breakfast, and it would be advisable to reserve one, as breakfast can cost more than $ 50 per person. You'll also pay a bit more for lunch, dinner, and cocktails, as food prices in Tahiti are notoriously high.

Many of the resort fees on the private islands of Fiji are all-inclusive or include meals but no drinks. Still, rates vary widely (from affordable expenses to large expenses), depending on the quality, size, isolation, and location of the resort. At least you have a good idea beforehand of what your nightly bill will be.

5. If You Want to Scuba Dive

Both Tahiti and Fiji offer excellent diving in crystal clear waters with excellent visibility and hundreds of species of fish. Most of both resorts have dive shops on-site or work closely with dive operators. Fiji, however, has an advantage in one respect: it is known as the "soft coral capital of the world," which is why its colorful underwater panoramas are known the world over.

6. If You Want Inland Adventure

If you like adventure on the surface, Tahiti and Fiji have a lot to offer. In Tahiti, you will find that Tahiti, Moorea, Huahine, Raiatea and Bora Bora offer 4X4 treks and safari excursions to the lush interior of the islands, while you can rappel down a waterfall in Tahiti or Moorea. For the ultimate adventure, head to the isolated and lost Marquesas Islands.

The main islands of Fiji, Viti Levu, Vanua Levu, Taveuni and Kadavu, also offer hiking and eco-adventures. At Viti Levu, you can also kayak or raft the Sigatoka River and fly through the treetops on a zip line.

Although Tahiti has only two golf courses, one on Tahiti and the other on Moorea, Fiji is home to around a dozen, including three championship courses on the main island of Viti Levu.

7. If You Love Singing and Dancing

There is a lot of singing and dancing in the South Pacific. Tahitians are famous for both, they use songs and drum beats to tell legends depicted in dance moves that are sometimes slowly seductive and other times, a frenzy of synchronized hip movements. Most resorts offer a weekly Polynesian night dance show (one of Tahiti's best attractions), and every July, Tahitians from all the islands gather in Papeete for Heiva, a traditional dance festival.

In Fiji, you will hear wonderfully melodic chants everywhere, especially when you leave and the team gathers to sing "Isa Lei", the traditional farewell song of the islands. If you love what you hear, attend a Sunday service. Fiji's main dance celebration is called meke, a series of dances accompanied by singing, clapping, and drums.

8. If You Love Traditional Rituals and Ceremonies

In Tahiti, the two main ceremonies tourists can see are the wedding ceremonies at a Polynesian resort, presided over by a traditionally dressed local priest, and the Himalayan oven feast (fish, chicken, pork, yam, taro and fruit of the bread cooked on hot stones in an underground oven).

Fijians still practice a number of ancient rituals and ceremonies. This includes yaqona, better known as kava, the drinking ceremony, in which a kava-filled coconut shell (made from the crushed root of a pepper plant mixed with water) is passed to residents and visitors seated in a circle. to the sound of rhythmic rhythms. chants and applause. In addition, many resorts also offer traditional Fijian fire-walking rituals, a specialty of the Fijians on the island of Beqa, as well as lovo feasts, which are prepared in an underground oven, just like in Tahiti.

9. If You Want to Take a Cruise

It is possible to take a cruise in Tahiti and Fiji, although Tahiti is best suited for a traditional cruise experience. In Tahiti, the luxurious m / s Paul Gauguin sails the islands year-round from Papeete on a series of 7, 11 and 14-day itineraries to the Society Islands (Moorea, Bora Bora, Huahine, Taha'a and Raiatea), the Tuamotu Islands (and the neighboring Cook Islands) and the Marquesas. In addition, the Ocean Princess from Princess Cruises conducts three 10-day island cruises a year.

Fiji is not known as a cruise destination, but you can sail the Yasawa Islands on Blue Lagoon cruises, which sail on two 68-passenger casual catamarans on 3-, 4-, and 7-day cruises. On a larger scale, Dawn Princess sails to Fiji, as well as other islands in the South Pacific, on 14-day round-trip itineraries from Sydney.

We hope you enjoy watching this video about the things to do in Tahiti and the Difference Between Fiji Island

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