Friday, March 27, 2009


Bora Bora isn't the only paradise place in that part of the world.

There is Tahiti!

Tahiti is the largest island in the Windward group of French Polynesia, located in the archipelago of Society Islands in the southern Pacific Ocean. The island had a population of 178,133 inhabitants according to the August 2007 census.[1] This makes it the most populated island of French Polynesia, with 68.6% of the total population. The capital is Papeete, on the northwest coast.

Tahiti . . . the very name evokes images of exotic tropical islands. They are images well deserved, for the beauty of the islands is matched by the spirit of the Polynesian people and the richness of their cultural traditions.

Today Tahiti is a modern Pacific nation whose population is a cosmopolitan blend of ancient Polynesian heritage and French élan. Most of the Tahitians you will meet at the Polynesian Cultural Center have learned English as their third or even fourth language. For example, most of them grew up speaking Tahitian or another island dialect such as Tuamotu, then learned French in school and English as an elective. While the overlay of French culture and influence is undeniable, the Tahitians still take great pride in their ancient Polynesian heritage.

French Polynesia is a mesmerising wonderland of reef-fringed islands and translucent aqua lagoons. Shamelessly chic and seductive, it's the kind of place where the rich and famous come to play and hedonistic honeymoon fantasies are realised. The epitome of the Pacific dream, this is one Garden of Eden so damn beautiful it's hard to believe it really exists.

So if you get the chance to visit French Polynesia and Tahiti, dont miss on it!

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Bora Bora

Bora Bora island is possibly the single most famous island in all the world. The legends, mysteries, and romance associated with the words "Bora Bora" bring an almost mystical presence to the island.

People from around the world have laid claim to Bora Bora where the castle-like Mount Otemanu pierces the sky above the crystal lagoon with its unique over the water bungalows that offer a magical oneness with this extraordinary environment.
Lush tropical slopes and valleys blossom with hibiscus, while palm-covered motu circle the lagoon like a delicate necklace. Perfect white-sand beaches give way to emerald waters where impossibly colored fish animate the coral gardens. So much has been written about Bora Bora, and yet it is hard to find the right words to describe the magic that emanates from this island.

Bora Bora is an island in the Leeward group of the Society Islands of French Polynesia, an overseas collectivity of northwest of Papeete, is surrounded by a lagoon and a barrier reef. In the center of the island are the remnants of an extinct volcano rising to two peaks, Mount Pahia and Mount Otemanu, the highest point at 727 metres (2,385 ft). The original name of the island in the Tahitian language might be better rendered as Pora Pora, meaning "First Born"; an early transcription found in 18th- and 19th century accounts, is Bolabolla.

Today the island is mainly dependent on tourism. Over the last few years several resorts have been built on motu (small islands) surrounding the lagoon.

Thirty years ago, Hotel Bora Bora built the first over-the-water bungalows on stilts over the lagoon and today, overwater bungalows are a standard feature of most Bora Bora resorts. The quality of those bungalows ranges from comparably cheap, basic accommodations to very luxurious - and pricey - places to stay. Most of the tourist destinations are aquacentric; however it is possible to visit attractions on land such as WWII cannons.

The island is actually a volcanic caldera, and its stunningly beautiful lagoon is well protected from the outside waters by the surrounding motus. The unusual shape of Mount Otemanu (728m), and its smaller neighborh Mount Pahia combined with the spectacular water color variations of the lagoon guarantees some breathtaking scenery. 

The final approach to the airport is particularly impressive. Try to sit on the left side of the plane (seats are not reserved). 

The abundant tropical underwater life of the lagoon is also a major attraction. A mask, a snorkel and two fins is all you need, and most hotels will provide them free. 

Very few go to Bora Bora for the historic relics. However, if you have seen enough of the lagoon, you might want to take a peek at the few WWII remains and the archeological polynesian relics in one of the tours of the island. 

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Thursday, March 26, 2009

The Seychelles

The Seychelles, often described as the original ‘Garden of Eden’, lie 1,000 miles off the east coast of Africa and just south of the equator. Island hopping is the best way to experience this archipelago of 115 islands, many of which are little more than coral atolls. The 17 mile long and 5 mile wide main island of Mahé is reputed to have the smallest capital in the world, Victoria. The rest of the island is drenched in steamy rainforests and steep mountain interior. The smaller ‘Out Islands’ are real ‘Robinson Crusoe’ retreats with deserted beaches and rustic living.
The Seychelles have a slogan that describes their harm; 'unique by a thousand miles'. A thousand miles distant from their closest neighbours on the East African coast, the country is made up of over one hundred tropical islands, scattered over a million square kilometres.

This is a natural paradise of fabulously fair weather, mercifully free of malarial mosquitoes, and with glorious tropical forests, woodlands and beaches unspoilt by the rigours of the modern world. The Seychellois, keen to preserve the character and natural beauty of their island home, have encouraged low-impact, high quality opportunities for holidays here. The result is an inspiring choice of small and absolutely private island hideaways, set among deserted beaches and sandy pathways to be explored blissfully alone, in dreamy seclusion.

The Main Islands
The main islands of Mahe, Praslin and La Digue are characterised by the granite rocks from which they are formed, creating impressive rocky peaks at their centre, and softened boulder sculptures around each coast.
Mahe is the largest island, the first contact, and its tiny capital bustles with the business of colourful island life beneath a backdrop of forests and granite outcrops. Praslin is quieter, less populated and a perfect location for exploring impressively beautiful beaches and nearby islands, such as the smaller, laid back latitude of La Digue.

The Outer Islands
The numerous outlying islands are mainly coral atolls, natural enclaves for absolute peace and relaxation surrounded by startlingly clear seas that are pure joy to dive, snorkel and swim.
These are worlds apart, mostly unpopulated but for the single, small lodge that overlooks their clear coral sands, and for the masses of birds, turtles and coral reef dwelling creatures that make these colourful islands their home.

Each so distant and so distinct, these islands shine like individual jewels, each with their own natural beauty and brimming with endemic bird, animal and plant species – such as the strange and beautiful Coco-de-Mer, the largest seed in the world and the signature of the Seychelles’ wealth of endemic natural phenomena. These are most easily seen in the startlingly primeval trails of the Vallee de Mai World Heritage site on Praslin, where over 6,000 Coco-de-Mai palms continue to thrive.



Mauritius brings to mind a tropical paradise, an island of dreams with a landscape so alluring. It ripples with volcanic skylines and pulsates with crystal clear streams and gushing waterfalls. This melting pot of various cultures lends itself to a fusion of the past and the present. The result is a smooth blend of a relaxing and calming ambience that is distinctively Mauritian. A Holiday in Mauritius offers you an incomparable beauty that beckons you to kiss its pristine shores time and time again for your holiday. 
Begin your holiday with a glimpse of Mauritius’ colonial history in the resplendent Port Louis, the capital and main port of the country. Introduce yourself to the island’s most famous bird, the Dodo, now extinct but forever remembered at the Port Louis' Natural History Museum. Then, amaze yourself even further with a glimpse of the rarest bird in the world, the Mauritian Pink Pigeon, along with over 140 varieties of birds, 2500 in all, in the Casela Bird Park set in the district of the Rivière Noire, and stretching over 20 acres of land.

Glide through the Domaine Les Pailles nature park in a horse-drawn carriage, where a natural spring, a spice garden, a replica of a sugar mill and an old rum distillery await you. Or let the island’s mysteries unfold as you enjoy your walk on some of Mauritius’ beautiful parks, Réserve Forrestière Macchabée and Rivière Noire National Park. At the Domaine des Grands Bois of Southern Mauritius, lose yourself in parkland so magnificently rich in lush and exotic fauna, providing a backdrop for stags, deer and other wildlife. Or test your courage with a visit to the Nile crocodiles in La Vanille Crocodile Park.
Another thing of particular interest that one just have to see is the talipot palm found amongst the large collection of indigenous and exotic plants, including the Victoria regia lilies, of the Pamplemousses Gardens. The talipot palm is said to flower once after 60 years.

Mauritius seascape is also worthy of mention with its deep limpid blue waters, coral reefs and silky blonde piles of sand. Beaches, lagoons and inlets around the coast offer plenty of opportunity for safe swimming, and for those seeking a different kind of adventure; explore the famous underwater scenery of the Grand Baie through diving. One can also admire the colourful treasures of the Indian Ocean with a visit to the Aquarium, populated by 200 species of fish, invertebrates, live coral and sponges, all originating from the waters around the island.
When it is the thrill of craters and volcanoes that appeal to you visit the volcano of Trou aux Cerfs where you’ll find a spectacular view of the island from the rim of the dramatic crater. Be humbled with the beauty of one of Mauritius’ natural lakes, a place of pilgrimage for a large number of Mauritians of the Hindu faith.


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