DISCOVER TAHITI TOUR
Crystal blue beaches and lagoons, pearl white sands and dunes. Set against one of the most serene backdrops in the world: Bamboo welcomes you to Discover Tahiti.
Every day is packed with activities and views that would rival the backdrop of a God's holiday home, but some of our highlights include:
Swimming with sharks and rays (the safe type, not the bitey type)
Discovering the real life of the Polynesian islanders by experiencing their life in the jungle
A sunset boat party
Experiencing the underwater civilisations within Moorea's incredible lagoon
Swimming in crystal blue waters
With 12 persons per group MAX! The exact cost of this tour is US $2997. This goes towards covering everything from in-country transport and accommodation to project fees and tour related activities (we really do cram it in!). Please note that your international flights are not included.
To secure your spot you pay a deposit of US $250 (you can then pay the rest in weekly instalments or in full 90 days before you travel).
Locations: 4 Locations (Papeete, Moorea, Fare Hape, Teahupoo)
Tour Length: 10 days
Tour Cost: $2997
Finish date: Sunday
Volunteer Work: Marine Conservation
Arrival Airport: Fa'a'a airport (PPT)
Departure Airport: Fa'a'a airport (PPT)
Group Size: Maximum 12
Minimum age: 18
Going Solo?: Over 70% of those on our tours start off as solo travellers
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- Airport pick-up and transfer on arrival into Tahiti (if arriving on the tour start date between 6am and 8pm)
- An in-depth orientation on the morning of day 2
- Full support from our expert English-speaking local guides
- All transfers outlined in the itinerary
- 9 nights' accommodation ranging from hotels to traditional homestays
- All tour activities
- Heaps of meals
- Full pre-departure support from our ace travel coordinators
- A flashy Travel Hack packed full of helpful advice
- Donation to the marine conservation project
Don't stop reading yet... we have one more amazing thing to offer you: The magical island of Fakarava (well it’s an atoll to be precise!)
During this extra week we will start in the north and then sail down to the south, where you will be staying on a private island!
Fakarava describes itself as it means ‘beautiful’ or ‘making things superb’ in the local language!
It is home to the second largest lagoon in the region. This rectangular reef encloses such a rich ecosystem that it has been designated by UNESCO as a Biosphere Reserve.
Activities include snorkeling, scuba diving, beach clean ups, exploring the local communities and most importantly free time to laze about the plush white sand beaches.
Interested? Of course you are! Message us on Facebook or via [email protected] and we will supply you with a detailed travel hack and pricing :)
Accommodation throughout the tour is shared and you will be sharing rooms with other members of the group. If you would like to enquire about upgrading to a private room, please contact us to check availability and costs.
Airport Motel (Tahiti Island): Located close to the airport, this hotel is your first destination and the perfect place to rest and refresh after what will have likely been a very long journey to the island. Be honest, how much wine did you drink during the flight? Twin and double rooms here feature air-conditioning, fridge and WiFi. The hotel is not far from coffee shops, grocey stores, pharmacies, restaurants, a bus stop and, of course, the airport.
Haapiti (Moorea Island): Everyone dreams of living on the beach, right? We'll be lounging at a beautiful, family owned house here in Haapiti on the island of Moorea. You'll all be bedding in together here in shared rooms with shared bathrooms . There's free WiFi and all bedding is supplied. There's also free-use of the hotel's snorkeling gear, outrigger canoe and kayaks, just in case you need to start your day in the sea! Location-wise, the house is a stone's throw from the water and just a few minutes from white-sand beaches.
Fare Hape (Tahiti Island): Without a doubt one of the most unforgettable experiences on this tour will be your time at Fare Hape. The accommodation is as basic as you would expect: Shared rooms in wooden houses, sleeping beneath a mosquito net, shared bathrooms and snuggling up to a wool blanket because of the unexpected cold in the Polynesian mountains. All bedding is supplied but please, please, please bring a pair of warm pjs as the nights here get chilly. This village is about as remote as it gets so something as simple as a restaurant will require a bit of a walk. That said, we won't be too removed from the modern world. You'll have access to internet, food and even a billiards table for the pool sharks.
Teahupoo (Tahiti Island): In this spacious bed and breakfast, you will enjoy the simplicity of living in the valleys between Tahitian mountains and sea in a family owned property. The owners will welcome you into their own family. The rooms are twin share with private bathrooms and fans. Located on a quiet road amongst coconut trees and colorful gardens, the hotel offers and element of isolation in the countryside. The family's neighbor adds to the friendly atmosphere and she's been known to cook up some fresh fish for our travelers...so get on her good side!
Breakfast is included each day as well as some other meals as stated in the itinerary.
DAY 1 (FRIDAY): ARRIVAL DAY
The excitement, the anticipation, the slight anxiety over the trip can finally end. Today your tour to one of the most exclusive, most remote, and most beautiful places in the world, Tahiti, begins.
When you arrive in Papeete, one of our maverick tour guides will collect you from the airport and escort you to the hotel where you can shower, put the jet-lag to bed, and ready yourself for the adventure (please note, check-in is from 2pm).
DAY 2 (SATURDAY): PAPEETE
Our day begins with a bit of a formality. We'll sit you down and explain the entire tour—what we do, what we expect, how you can have a kick-ass time with Bamboo. We'll also ease any anxieties you may have about being here—we get it, it's an isolated island.
Once through the orientation, we'll head into the city to the "Cultural Centre" or "Maison De La Culture" in Papara. There, we'll spend some time learning about Polynesian life, from the local cooking and crafts to the dances and tattoos. It's basically your insightful introduction to the country and, better yet, the organization directly supports educational opportunities for young Polynesians - you're giving back already.
Once through and fully "cultured," we'll make a pit-stop at the Cave of Maraa. It's so spectular we've even lost a breath or two.
From there, we'll head back to the hotel and get ready for the night's meet-and-greet dinner at the famous Royal Tahitian—flower crowns aren't required but definitely encouraged. There, you can get to know the other travelers better, dine on Tahitian favorites and, if the cards are right, maybe take a late-night dip in the sea.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
DAY 3 (SUNDAY): PAPEETE - HAAPITI
How bad can a morning be if it begins with riding the waves to your second paradise in two days?
After a much-needed breakfast (coffee cures all, right?), we'll pack our bags and board the boat to the island of Moorea. For those who don't know, "Moorea" is the only correct answer to the question, "Where is paradise?", as you'll soon find out.
Upon arrival, we'll amble to our beach bungalows in Haapiti and briefly entertain the idea of ditching the tour altogether and instead opt for a life on the island forever. Once realizing that idea's flawed (it may take a few hours...or days), the adventure continues.
Largely known as a surf capital, Haapiti's lagoons also cater to some of the most wild and exotic lives in French Polynesia. It's a place where, if you're brave enough, you can swim with sharks and stingrays. Those looking for lighter, less-adrenaline-inducing entertainment can instead watch for dolphins and whales (peak season is August - October).
Just another casual day in Moorea.
[Meals included: Breakfast & Lunch]
DAY 4 (MONDAY): HAAPITI
Still enchanted with Haapiti's charm, today will involve a bit more work and less play. We've carefully selected a local NGO responsible for maintaining the conservation, education and research of the region's infamous lagoon. The organization will introduce you to reef and pollution issues in addition to the problems currently facing the region's sea turtle population. It'll be the basis for our volunteering excursion in Haapiti, so listen up.
Following the interactive introduction, you'll have the afternoon and evening to yourself, which can easily be filled with swimming, exploring, endlessly reapplying sunscreen, getting mesmerized by the sparkling seas or, like any member of the BamFam, psyching yourself up for tomorrow's work.
Meals included: Breakfast
DAY 5 (TUESDAY): HAAPITI
This morning, the difference-making begins.
The NGO will have us cutting and preserving coral reefs, cleaning the island's beach fronts and teaching local people the importance of sustainability and environmentalism.
After some free time in the afternoon, at sundown, we've arranged for a proper 'Happy Hour' and barbecue to satiate the appetites worked up throughout the day. Be prepared for a sunset that we can only describe using cheesy cliches, so we'll just say, "It's darn beautiful."
Meals included: Breakfast & Dinner
DAY 6 (WEDNESDAY): HAAPITI- FARE HAPE
Today we are all heading back to the island of Tahiti and taking a trip to one of French Polynesia's most sacred destinations: Fare Hape.
Crossing from Moorea to Tahiti by boat, we'll then hop on an epic 4x4 jeep journey into the center of the island to spend the next two days at a secluded, ancient village hidden in the mountains and jungle.
For thousands of years, Fare Hape was virtually untouched by the western world, and the sacred Polynesian rituals and beliefs lie at the heart of Tahitian values. The day's highlights center around understanding this 1,000s-year-old culture, including astronavigation, and simply building old-world houses from natural materials.
We'll also introduce you to the local Haururu organization who invests and protects the island's sacred grounds. While here, they'll have you constructing Polynesian homes, planting medicinal herbs, clearing the jungle, river damming, and essentially helping to build the infrastructure for an entire irrigation system—high-level tasks for a volunteer...but you're BamFam, so this shouldn't be daunting.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
DAY 7 (THURSDAY): FARE HAPE
Yesterday we learned about the jungle and today we'll explore it. Wandering through like Tarzan and Jane, we'll follow the sounds of the jungle, tracing animals, and veering towards the faint crashes in the distance. The crashes, of course, can only mean one thing: Waterfalls. Who's up for a swim?
After a dip (and lunch), it's back to Fare Hape to continue our projects. The houses ain't going to build themselves.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
DAY 8 (FRIDAY): FARE HAPE - TEAHUPOO
Bidding farewell to the local people of Fare Hape, we head off to the remote area of Teahupoo on the south-east coast of the island.
On an island already coated in stunning coastlines, Teahupoo's serenity and peacefulness is the only way to wrap-up an otherwise adventurous tour.
Upon arrival, we'll take you on another special boat tour. The gorgeous caves of Vaipori await, as well as island enclaves so remote they rarely see any human exploration, making you, effectively, a modern day Magellan.
Lunch will be cooked fresh from the boat deck, which features a view and then some!
The day concludes with even more lounging and even more stunning sunsets and even more delicious meals and even more drinks...because that's just life in this paradise.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
DAY 9 (SATURDAY): TEAHUPOO - PAPEETE
We're taking off the Bamboo ball-and-chain and letting you into the wild world of Teahupoo this morning. Packed with one-of-a-kind nature, feel free to explore the surrounding waterfalls, go hiking, kayaking, or even just spend the morning sun-tanning along the waterfront. Just get back by early afternoon so we can shuttle you to Papeete, where we'll gather for our final group meal and toast to Tahiti...on our private boat, of course.
Meals included: Breakfast & Dinner
DAY 10 (SUNDAY): DEPARTURE DAY
Do...do we even want to address the good-bye? We've reached the end of the tour but only the beginning of our friendships. Don't be sad it's over because the Tahiti adventure will forever live inside each of us. We'll snap a final group photo, which we'll then keep under our pillow case, only to look at late at night and remember the fun we had.
Beyond that, we'll help you arrange any transport you may need to the airport and see you off to your next destination, be it home, another leg of your vacation, or back to the bungalow where you contemplated moving just days ago!
Just remember that, with Bamboo and Discover Tahiti, you're leaving a legacy for the causes we've supported, and we hope Polynesian culture will hold an extraordinary place in each of your hearts and souls forever.
Meals included: Breakfast
1 - What isn't included?
In short - anything that’s not on the "What's included?" list in the info pack! The main things you’ll absolutely need to get that aren’t included are:
International flights - we have people join us from all over the world so we leave these flexible so you can choose the departure airport and airline that suits you best.
Travel Insurance - you can choose your own travel insurance, or we can organise this for you. You can find details on the travel insurance here and will be able to add this onto your booking when you pay your program fee.
Visas – depending on the passport you hold you may need to get a visa before you travel. Please see below for more info on visas.
2 - How should I book my flights?
You need to book a flight that lands into the capitial city of Papeete on Tahiti island (Fa'a'ā International Airport) PPT on the Friday that the tour starts, between 6am and 11pm. Providing you arrive between these hours on this day, one of the team will then be there to meet you on arrival and take you back to the hotel. If you arrive later than 11pm on the Friday start date, we will organise an airport pickup without a Bamboo representative to meet you.
If you arrive before your Friday start date, you will need additional accommodation. We can book this for you, at your own expense and you will just need to make your own way there from the airport.
This tour will end on the Sunday 10 days later in Papeete, so you need to make your departure arrangements from there that day.
3 - Do I need a visa?
Depending on your country of citizenship you may be entitled to a 90-day visa-free entry into French Polynesia (including the islands of Tahiti and Moorea). A quick Google search will tell you whether you need a visa or not.
4 - How much spending money will I need?
This largely depends on you. Lots of breakfasts throughout the tour are included, along with a couple of dinners. The rest of the meals are up to you, and if you are having local meals it will cost a couple of dollars, if you prefer western food, it will be more depending on where you eat.
5 - Do I need vaccinations?
This depends on your home country and your vaccination history. You should visit a local travel clinic and see what they recommend.
6 - When does my deposit have to be put down?
There is no deadline for paying the US $250 deposit, but we cannot secure your place until we have received this. Places are limited, and this is one of our most popular tours, so we recommend you do this as soon as possible to be sure of a spot. Once we have received your deposit, we will send you a confirmation email. If you do not receive this within 48 hours, please check your junk/spam email folders and let us know if you cannot see it.
7 - What are the Payment options?
Your final balance is due 90 days before you travel. We will send you an email shortly after you have secured a spot offering you two options for payment. You can either pay the program fee in full (at any point before the date it is due), or you can set up weekly instalments to pay a small amount off regularly until it is paid in full. You can choose either of these with or without travel insurance. Any changes to your trip must be made more than 90 days before you travel.
8 - Is Tahiti safe?
Like any country in the world, there will always be some dangers (even when in your home country!), and it is important to exercise common sense, particularly when in major cities and tourist destinations. However, the French Polynesia is a very safe country to travel in and around. You’ll also be with our award-winning team throughout your stay and will be travelling with a group.
9 - What currency are your prices?
All of our prices are in USD. If you would like to see what this is in your local currency, you can use a conversion site such as www.xe.com which will give you the current exchange rate. Please bear in mind that the amount will be taken in USD when you pay and exchange rates will fluctuate.
10 - How can I be sure this is not a scam?
We have been operating for over 15 years, have sent over 25,000 travelers and have an experienced team with a wealth of knowledge and passion! But don’t just take our word for it - if you visit our website Verification Page, you can see our accreditation and recommendations for different worldwide organisations. You can also visit our Facebook page to see reviews from previous travellers and volunteers.