The Society Islands
The Society Archipelago offers the classic Tahitian Island experience!
High islands clad in verdant forest, punctuated by jagged mountains and
sheer cliffs that drop to a narrow coastal plain. Golden beaches fringe
turquoise lagoons and a stunning azure sea beyond. Waterfalls tumble from
lofty peaks through deep valleys and coconut groves rustle in the breeze.
The Society Islands are the youngest of the French Polynesian islands
- extinct volcanoes that have yet to erode away to leave just the fringing
reefs that typify the Tuamotu Atolls. The islands of Tahiti and Moorea
are the youngest of the islands, their fringing reefs hugging close to
the shoreline, offering a thin and often un-navigable lagoon within. Huahine,
Taha'a and Raiatea represent the next stage in the transformation. Their
lagoons are wider, and in most places deep enough for even large ships
to navigate. Wide passes through the fringing reef allow easy access to
the open ocean. Bora Bora is the final stage before becoming a true atoll.
The lagoon is wide and deep, and the island is eroding back slowly on
itself. The plugs that blocked the volcano craters at the end of their
final eruption are clearly visible. At some point in the dim and distant
future this island too will erode away, and an atoll will form.
The Society Islands offer much for the general tourist, as well as the
avid scuba diver. Raiatea and Huahine are littered with ancient marae,
courts where kings and rulers held sway over the people. Taha'a is gently
infused with the scent of vanilla being harvested from orchards of mango
and breadfruit, Moorea has some of the most dramatic scenery in the world.
All offer superb hotels and exotic cuisine, and a truly relaxed and romantic