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Online Media Coverage

“10 Most Romantic Islands in the World”
Writer Jamie Beckman rounds up the best islands in the world for gorgeous beaches, secluded lodgings and bragging rights. Check out Bora Bora in the mix.

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Unique Visitors Per Month: 1.4 million

“The Top 10 Overwater Bungalows with the Best Views”
Per Islands’ editors, there’s no such thing as a “bad view” of Tahiti from the nearly two dozen overwater bungalows the Islands staff has inspected and stayed in. But these 10 rise above the others for their own special reasons.

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Unique Visitors Per Month: 327,287

“Jet Setter: The Coolest Honeymoon Destinations of 2014”
Lauren Conrad and her fiancée William officially tied the knot and this writer rounded up the coolest vacation destinations from around the globe for honeymoon inspiration, including of course, the Islands of Tahiti.

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Unique Visitors Per Month: 1,904,706

“Blue Lagoons, White Beaches & Black Pearls”
Writer Dawna Robertson takes a look at Tahitian experiences and islands including Rangiroa, Huahine and Bora Bora that make the Islands of Tahiti special.

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“Sneak Peek: The Brando, Tetiaroa, French Polynesia” 
Robb Report writer Jennifer Ashton Ryan takes a look at The Brando and highlights why to go, what to expect and how to get there.

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Unique Visitors Per Month: 868,394

“Reporters On the Road: Beautiful Bora Bora Part II”
This image-driven site highlights why the Four Seasons Bora Bora is a wedding venue to be considered for eloping in paradise. The writer notes, “a few months ago our reporters packed up their caftans and notepads bound for beautiful Bora Bora in sun-kissed French Polynesia. We said “adios big city” and “helloooo beautiful Four Seasons Bora Bora. We went swimming with sharks, visited seasidevenue spaces, oohed and ahhed over the waterfront chapel and hung out on a deserted island! So very Gilligan of us isn’t it?!”

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“This is Paradise—Exploring the South Pacific’s Most Beautiful Island”
Yahoo explores in Melville’s footsteps on the island of Nuka Hiva in the Marquesas.

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Unique Visitors Per Month: 227,047

Print Media Coverage

Calgary Herald – Saturday, October 25, 2014 
“French Polynesia”

Author, Lisa Monforton for the Calgary Herald outlines her island hopping adventure of French Polynesia.  Her article includes tips and a must see/must do list for Tahiti, Moorea, Tikehau and Bora Bora. This media visit was a result of the SPM Hotels, Resorts & Spa press trip that took place in March.   “We all survived to tell the tale and swim without a care into a magical coral garden among thousands of fish in neon rainbow of colors.  It’s the perfect day in paradise”

Circulation: 130,144 (For Saturday) 419,462 (All)
Media Value: $30,163
Readership: 390,432
Facebook: 25,002

Closer Weekly – September 8, 2014
“Love Notes”

Closer discloses Justin Theroux & Jennifer Anniston jetted off to Bora Bora to celebrate his 43rd birthday and their two-year anniversary of their engagement.

Circulation: 351,632
Media Value: $55,530
Readership: 1,054,896
Facebook:  7,481

Curve Magazine – September 2014
“Paradise Polynesian”

Author Kristin Flickinger shares what you can expect to get out of your French Polynesian getaway.  Whether you’re looking for romance & relaxation or adventure on the land or in the ocean you will find it within the islands, lagoons or atolls of French Polynesia.   Kristin described it best by saying; “ultra-luxury resorts nourish your body, while the rugged beauty of the islands, the water, and the wildlife nourish your soul.”

Circulation: 11,543
Media Value: $24,800
Readership: 34,629
Facebook:  138,237

Destination Weddings and Honeymoons – November/December 2014
“Where to Honeymoon 2015”  & “A Perfect Day in Bora Bora”

The Islands of Tahiti made the “Honeymoon Hot List” for the Summer of 2015.  Author Katrina Kovacevic “sifted through most Googled, Instagrammed and ‘liked’ locales for a honeymooner’s hit-up list.” In the same issue, writer Vicky Hodges outlines the perfect day in Bora Bora, from swimming with turtles to enjoying a Hinano.

Circulation: 100,000
Media Value: $133,320
Readership: 300,000
Facebook:  25,637

Fraser Magazine – October
“Take me to Tahiti”

Diane Fraser and Patricia Codere of Fraser Yacht’s recollect their experiences around the different islands of Tahiti traveling on the M/Y Askari, one of Tahiti’s charter yachts.    Diane notes, “We boarded the M/Y Askari on the island of Moorea, which lies 10 miles west of Tahiti and serves as its dramatic vista.  The sweet smell of the infamous Moorea pineapple permeated the air.  Riding the tender through Cooks Bay was like entering into a beautiful postcard.  We wanted to punch ourselves to see if we were dreaming.  There peacefully anchored in the short distance was our home away from home.”

Naturally, Danny – Winter 2014
“Sailing the South Pacific”

Editor-in-Chief, Danny Seo, tells his Tahitian inspired quest to discover tropical naturally sourced ingredients for a skin line in this 16-page feature.   In his article, Danny’s tropical adventure is to “rent a car, drive without an agenda, and see how the locals live.”  He believes it’s “a lot more fun that way.”  He details his itinerary of exploration of the Monoi Oil route, wandering Tahiti, island hopping to Taha’a, vanilla farms and a water taxi tour of Bora Bora.

Circulation: 350,000
Readership: 1,050,000
Facebook:  8,736

Modern Luxury NS Magazine – December 2014
“A Life Exotic”

In this lifestyle magazine, author Patti Dickey recounts her three island hop journey in the South Pacific and engages the reader with her imagery of the islands and resorts on Tikehau, Moorea and Bora Bora. Patti was part of a SPM Hotels, Resorts & Spa press trip in May 2013.

“The South Pacific is, after all, every bit worthy of its legendary status—particularly for searching for much-needed rejuvenation and refreshing relaxation, all while escaping in picturesque surrounds and first-rate accommodations.

Circulation: 80,000
Readership: 240,000

Québec Yachting- Autumn 2014
“La Polynésie Française”

The island of Moorea was highlighted on the fall cover of Québec Yachting Magazine and was described as, “the perfect paradise destination for sailing and yachting.” The article also notes, “there are several yacht companies based on the island of Raiatea that offer options for independent voyagers and small group customized journeys throughout the Society Islands or the Tuamotu atolls.”

Robb Report – September 2014
“Front Runners: A Star Is Born”

Jennifer Ashton Ryan introduces Robb Report readers to the new luxury resort, The Brando. She discusses many of the offerings for the resort and the sustainable vision that actor Marlon Brando had for the island after it was purchased in 1967.

Circulation: 103,945
Media Value: $36,617
Readership: 311,835
Facebook:  298,468

Sailing – October 2014
Cover Photo

The Tahiti Pearl Regatta from Raiatea to Bora Bora was highlighted on the cover of Sailing Magazine on the October 2014 issue.   The Tahiti Pearl Regatta is a sailing race that takes place in the South Pacific Ocean and the beautiful pristine lagoons of the Islands of Tahiti.

For 10 years now, the sailing race has had participants racing from Raiatea, the sacred island, to Bora Bora, Huahine, and Taha’a.  Set in the month of May, this regatta is not to be missed if you love to sail.

Circulation: 40,105
Media Value: $5,924.80
Readership: 120,315
Facebook: 7,218

Sky Delta – October 2014
“My Bag– Giuliana Rancic”

This article discusses TV personality Giuliana Rancic favorite things including her most recent vacation to Tahiti.  She says, “We relaxed on the beautiful beaches and enjoyed massages.”

Circulation: 604,892
Media Value: 50,740
Readership: 1,814,646
Facebook:  4,798

Televised Media Coverage

The Bachelor Canada – CityTV
In November, Moorea was chosen as the backdrop for The Bachelor Canada two-part season finale. Canadian Bachelor Tim Warmels and the remaining bachelorettes started their adventure to paradise on award-winning Air Tahiti Nui. Featuring the most romantic and beautiful locations on earth, the final episodes were shot on the Tahitian island of Moorea.

Warmels and the bachelorettes experienced Moorea’s most amazing adventures – from a dream date on the Askari, a mega yacht based in Moorea where they snorkeled in the crystal clear blue lagoon followed by sunset cocktails; to a romantic horseback ride in the pineapple fields of Moorea. The lucky finalists also visited Belvedere Lookout for a beautiful 360 degree view of the lagoon and lush mountains; as well as a visit to a white sand beach in Opunohu Bay. The trip would not be complete without sunset dinners and the “meet the parents” portion of the season taking place at the beautiful Moorea Pearl Resort & Spa, which served as home base for the bachelor and bachelorettes during their adventures.

A special mauruuru roa to Air Tahiti Nui, Moorea Pearl Resort & Spa, the Askari Yacht, and wedOtahiti for their support on this project.

The Ellen DeGeneres Show – NBC Universal/Warner Bros. 
The Islands of Tahiti, Islands in the Sun and Hilton French Polynesia were featured on the Ellen show in October. A couple that had their honeymoon foiled by a hurricane and mishaps leading up to their wedding got a second chance honeymoon from Ellen! Check out the fun Ellen and team had with the couple when they arrived to Los Angeles and the trip reveal in studio.

“Bora Bora is absolutely beautiful, you will love it,” said Ellen.

Viewership: Average 3 million per episode
Facebook: 17,280,872
Twitter: 36.2 million

The Value of Nowhere – Outside Television
Film maker Anders Kruger, in partnership with Outside Television launched an extraodinary  film, “The Value of Nowhere,” shot on location back in May in the incredible Islands of Tahiti. Narrated by Pete Cabrinha and starring two of the biggest names in kitesurfing, Reo Stevens and Keahi de Aboitiz, the film quickly whisks you away to the ultimate paradise and begs the viewer to contemplate his or her place in the world.

In this 20 minute feature film, the kite surfers joined the crew aboard the Discovery, a Lagoon 570 catamaran, and had set out to explore what kind of value one can place on being far from the rigors of social obligation.

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Network: Outside Television
Outside Television is broadcast to 8 million TV Households across the US

Online Media Coverage

January 2014

Where To Eat Now In French PolynesiaForbes Travel Guide
Whether you’re searching for that perfect spot to sit while watching the sunset or the best place for poisson cru (Tahiti’s signature cured fish dish), French Polynesia serves some deliciously exotic food experiences.
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Unique Visitors Per Month: 96,537

Your Guide To French Polynesia’s Tuamotu Islands – Forbes Travel Guide
Tahiti? Been there. Bora Bora? Done that. Though it’s hard to tire of these well-loved South Pacific destinations, there’s more to French Polynesia than these oft-visited isles.
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Unique Visitors Per Month: 96,537

Attitude and Adventure at Bora Bora KXT Ironmana SUP Magazine
Though the Bora Bora Liquid Festival has been going on for more than 12 years, this year marked the first involving international competitors. Several top U.S. athletes were invited, including Jay Wild, Morgan Hoesterey, Jenny Kalmbach, Riggs Napoleon and Brennan Rose.
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February 2014

Motu Teta: Best All-Inclusive Resorts – Men’s Journal
Leave Bora Bora’s all-inclusive resorts to the honeymooners and escape to a villa on Motu Teta, a nine-acre private islet in Tahiti’s remote Tuamotu Archipelago.
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Unique Visitors Per Month: 6,385,875

Romance awaits in French Polynesia – mySA
“Paradise is a lot closer than you think. Surprisingly, Tahiti is only an eight-hour nonstop flight from Los Angeles on Air Tahiti Nui,” says Michelle Newman.
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Amorous Escapes – Los Angeles Times
Experience sun-kissed South Seas bliss in a luxurious overwater bungalow on a secluded islet at Le Taha’a Island Resort and Spa ( in French Polynesia.
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Unique Visitors Per Month: 17,782,589

Sean Low and Catherine Giudici Exclusive Honeymoon Photos – Us Weekly
Check out these exclusive photos showing how the newlyweds spent their honeymoon on the romantic island of Bora Bora!
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The best all-inclusive resorts in the world – Yahoo Travel
MOTU TEA • Leave Bora Bora’s all-inclusive resorts to the honeymooners and escape to a villa on Motu Teta, a nine-acre private islet in Tahiti’s remote Tuamotu Archipelago.
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Unique Visitors Per Month: 217,002

Top 5 Romantic Tropical Cruises for 2014 – Fodor’s Travel
Couples planning honeymoons and special anniversary vacations almost always consider a trip to Tahiti and all of the Society Islands within the boundaries of French Polynesia. Tahiti, Bora Bora, Moorea, Huahine, Moorea, Raiatea, and Taha’a are just a handful of the gorgeous tropical islands located in the chain.
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Unique Visitors Per Month: 2,848,666
March 2014

Enchanting French Polynesia! 50+ Ways This Exotic Paradise Will Seduce You –
Searching for a sun-kissed paradise or just fantasizing about it? Pin French Polynesia, in the South Pacific Ocean, on your dream travel map. Fabled Bali Ha’i will get you high.
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Unique Visitors Per Month: 386,457

Find paradise in French Polynesia – Fox News
The 118 islands of French Polynesia, which include Tahiti, Moorea and Bora Bora, are the stuff dreams and bucket lists are made of. Treasured for its exclusivity and remote locale, French Polynesia has some of the most beautiful beaches in the world.
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Fall in love with Tahiti along the Route de Monoï – New York Post
You haven’t truly seen color until you’ve been to French Polynesia. This chain of 118 islands is scattered from Manuae to Mangaravea, covers the size of Europe and is surrounded by the gin-clear, sapphire South Pacific and lush green flora.
Circulation: 500,521
Media Value: 50,429.75
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May 2014

The World’s Top 20 Honeymoon Destinations – Brides Magazine
Number one is French Polynesia: Few places on the globe inspire more awe than this group of 118 islands, which include, most famously, the emerald-carpeted outposts of the islands of Tahiti and Bora Bora.
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Unique Visitors Per Month: 5,621,184

November 2014

Condé Nast

Bora Bora: The Problem with Paradise

For me it was the colors of the place: My eyes feasted on them. To go from the monochromatic slush of an Idaho December to the emeralds, jades, and sapphires of French Polynesia was like falling overnight into a color-saturated dream. The viridescence of the palms, the sun-bleached teak of the walkways, the white sand that in places was as fine as cake flour—they were nutrients for the soul. The clouds kept up a blessed, ever-changing march; at dusk, golden and pink rays of sunlight shot through gaps in the shoulders of Otemanu and set its flanks on fire…

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Printed Media Coverage

Bridal Guide – January 2014

Expert traveler and managing editor at TravelAge West, Skye Mayring tells the story of her wedding and honeymoon on these idyllic islands.

In her article, Skye shares all the details of planning her legal wedding in the Islands of Tahiti, and share tips with her readers on how to do it.

“To legally wed in Tahiti, all documents, including birth certificates, intention of marriage and the application, must be translated into French and apostatized (authenticated) and sent to the islands,” says Mayring.

Circulation: 151,440
Media Value: 77,508.13
Readership: 530,040
Facebook Followers: 342,781


Islands Magazine – January 2014
“Out of Touch”

Writer and photographer Matthew Miller describes what it’s like to discover an island beyond Tahiti, Moorea, and Bora Bora – the atoll of Rangiroa. “This looks about as away from it all as a resort can get,” says Miller. A beautiful image of Le Sauvage Kia Ora’s beach bungalows is featured in the two page spread with cover mention.

“Life Here: From Bow to Bow”
In this same issue, a two-page spread photo by Jack Hollingsworth captures the beauty of the Bora Bora lagoon, canoe and Tahitian people in shot from above. “I wouldn’t dare stand up in a canoe for this shot. Instead, I used an overwater hut to shoot down on this Four Seasons staffer.”

“In Bora Bora, a canoe carries more than just people,” says Hollingsworth.

Circulation: 200,276
Media Value: 178,453.25
Facebook Followers: 293,102
Unique Visitors Per Month: 332,213

Travel + Leisure Magazine – January 2014
“Dream Beaches”
Written by Shane Mitchell and edited by senior travel editor, Jacqui Gifford, The Brando is described as a resort for “Castaway seekers with a willingness to splurge.”
The piece notes, the 35-villa property will focus on conservation, with an EcoStation, sustainable energy systems, and an organic orchard.

Just 30 miles northeast of Tahiti, the atoll of Tetiaroa has 12 motus (islets) so gorgeous they were once a retreat for Polynesian royalty.

Circulation: 988,648
Media Value: 186,003.00
Readership: 3.4 Million
Unique Visitors Per Month: 11,074,080


Us Weekly Magazine – February 17, 2014
“Honeymoon in Paradise”
“The Bachelor” star, Sean Lowe married his fiancé Catherine Giudici on January 26, 2014 (which aired live on ABC) and then jetted to the Islands of Tahiti for their honeymoon.

Their Tahiti, Moorea and Bora Bora honeymoon which was featured in an exclusive five-page spread, cover photo and headline, showcased their romantic getaway.

“It’s like something you’d see in the movies,” commented Lowe about the Islands of Tahiti

Circulation: 1,959,784
Readership: 6.9 Million
Media Value: $1,014,872.63
Facebook Followers: 2,543,791

Islands Magazine – March 2014
“Finds on the Ground/ A Hammock in Tahiti”

Photographer Matthew Miller shares his excursion to Motu Mahana off Taha’a to find a beautiful and private island with a feast arranged by the Paul Gauguin crew and a hammock waiting just for him.

Circulation: 200,276
Media Value: 37,663.5


Departures Magazine – May/June 2014

“Brando’s Lost Island”

Thanks to the amazing PR efforts of The Brando, this article, written by Ned Zeman, tells the story behind the now famous atoll. “The Tetiaroa atoll first caught Marlon Brando’s eye when he was scouting locations for Mutiny on the Bounty. In 1966, Hollywood royalty purchased the atoll. Brando paid $270,000 for the whole place, which he viewed in spiritual terms. It would be, in addition to his second home, the place where his ashes would one day be scattered,” noted Zeman.“Tetiaroa was Marlon’s way to get away,” says Producer Mike Medavoy of Mutiny on the Bounty.Circulation: Circulation: 1,111,423
Readership: 3.9 Million
AVE: $591,060 USD
Islands Magazine – June 2014
“Life Here: Nemo’s Nightmare”
Shot by Pierre Lesage, this two-page photo spread captures and magic and beauty of boats and Maupiti islanders as they form a stone fishing circle in the lagoon holding a 1½-mile-long vegetal net. As they move, they toss stones held by strings into the water to herd the fish. This event is held once every 10 years with all 1,300 residents participating.Circulation: 233,764
Media Value: 67,256.25
Readership: 818,174
Readership: 717,461

Facebook Followers: 293,102
Unique Visitors Per Month: 332,213
TravelAge West Magazine
“Setting the Bar in Tahiti”
This article written by Kenneth Shapiro highlights the caliber of luxury vacation on the Islands of Tahiti while staying at the St. Regis Bora Bora.”Tahiti is a perennially popular destination for luxury travel, and at the top of the islands’ up-scale offerings is the St. Regis Bora Bora, which many consider to be one of the best resorts anywhere in the world.” – Kenneth ShapiroConsidered to be the most beautiful island in the world. With a lagoon resembling an artist’s palette of bright blues and greens, Bora Bora is love at first sight. Romantics from around the world have laid claim to this island where the castle-like Mount Otemanu pierces the sky.Circulation: 21, 847
Media Value: 32,162.25
BRIDES Magazine – June/July 2014
Best Honeymoons
We are proud to announce that the 118 islands and atolls that make up the Islands of Tahiti were named the top pick in the 2014 BRIDES Best Honeymoons.This year marks the first time the Islands of Tahiti, officially known as French Polynesia, has taken the number one spot in this yearly listing.BRIDES conducted a survey in conjunction with Virtuoso, a network of thousands of luxury travel agents, to determine the most romantic honeymoon escapes in the world for 2014. Published by Condé Nast, BRIDES is the country’s leading bridal brand and most trusted resource for brides.Circulation: 315,955
Media Value: 610,185.40

FASHION Magazine – Summer 2014
Surf & Turf / Into the Blue
This 11-page spread features summer’s newest fashion trends in Canada.

Shot at the Hilton Bora Bora Nui Resort & Spa, whether your summer includes far-off travel or finding a sandy patch closer to home, FASHION magazine says to shake things up with 3D florals and other fashion trends.

Writer Elio Iannacci says, “it may take three planes and a boat to get there from most places in Canada, but Bora Bora’s beauty is well worth the travel time.”

Circulation: 315,955
Media Value: 610,185.40

The Knot Magazine – Summer 2014
“Annual Guide To The Best 50 Honeymoon Spots”
This article in The Knot showcases the 50 best honeymoon spots. Bora Bora was ranked in the top 10 most romantic!”WHY GO this is what honeymoon dreams are made of: thatched-roof, over-water bungalows; crystal-clear turquoise lagoons; and swirling schools of colorful fish.”Circulation: 138,369
Media Value: 371, 991.55
The Knot Magazine – Summer 2014
“Real Honeymoons”
In this article, a couple describes their honeymoon experience from the islands of Tahiti, Taha’a and Bora Bora.”It felt like we were sleeping in the middle of the jungle but in ultimate comfort,” in reference to Le Taha’a Island Resort & Spa.Taha’a, with the rich aroma of vanilla lingering heavily in the air, offers a glimpse of the traditional, tranquil life of the Tahitians. The flower-shaped island’s simple beauty is charmed by soft mountain shapes and surrounded by tiny motu with bright sand beaches. In the fertile valleys cutting within the island, local farmers grow watermelon, vanilla, and copra.Circulation: 138,369
Media Value: 93,387.00 

C-Suite Quarterly Magazine
“A Fine String of Pearls”

This article published by CSQ captures the beauty and romance of the Islands of Tahiti and how it ties into the corporate incentive destination.
“If there’s one word that encapsulates French Polynesia, it is “romance,” and in a context more encompassing than our everyday use of the word,” writer, Elyse Glickman stated.

“Few other places can blend world-class, full-amenity resort comfort, and memorable adventure activities that abound in the verdant, rough-hewn surroundings outside the property,” in reference to the island of Bora Bora.


BELLA Magazine – July/August 2014
Under The Tahitian Sun
Freelance photographer, Kelly Fajack, shot this beautiful 10-page spread on the atoll of Tikehau at the Tikehau Pearl Beach Resort.

The photo shoot features the latest trends of bikini wear in this issue of BELLA Magazine, which is only sold in the tri-state area and at all New York City newsstands.

Considered to be one of the most beautiful atolls in Polynesia, Tikehau is a graceful oval crown of small islets with an interior lagoon 16-miles across and a pass for small boats through the coral reef – the perfect setting for a gorgeous photo shoot.

Circulation: 70,000
Media Value: 29,454.75


Islands Magazine – July/August 2014
Get Here: Goodbye Former Life
“Tahiti is beautiful, but a beach chair on my own private island defies all adjectives,” says John Whittle about Motu Mahana.Motu Mahana sits off the northern coast of the island of Taha’a and is usually the third destination of the seven-day Paul Gauguin Society Islands cruise.“I’m sitting in a living postcard. Would anyone notice if I just stayed?” says Whittle.Circulation: 200,276
Media Value: 37,663.5
Aisle to Isles
Modern Luxury Brides – Fall/Winter 2014
“Leave the blur of big-day events behind to relish in the relaxation and flat-out romance that only the South Pacific can deliver,” says writer travel journalist Patti Dickey.Dickey visited the Islands of Tahiti back in May on a SPM, Hotels, Resorts & Spa press trip, and had the chance to travel to the islands of Tahiti, Moorea, Bora Bora, and Tikehau.“Honeymooners can expect beautifully furnished surrounds with an outside terrace that – no surprise at this point – offers direct lagoon access,” says Dickey.Circulation: 50,000
Media Value: 77,625.00

Tahiti Honeymoon
DNA Magazine – August Issue

The island of Bora Bora is featured on the cover of the August issue of DNA Magazine – a gay magazine featured not only in the U.S., but also in Canada, Australia, New Zealand and the U.K.

This 30-page spread was shot at the Four Seasons Bora Bora and the Hilton Bora Bora Nui Resort & Spa, and features a story about legal gay weddings in French Polynesia.

“During our shoot in Bora Bora, we saw gay couples walking hand-in-hand and comfortably expressing affection,” says photographer, Lewis Payton.


Televised Media Coverage

Ocean Mysteries with Jeff Corwin – ABC
February 2014
The Islands of Tahiti were featured this past February in three, one-hour long episodes of “Ocean Mysteries with Jeff Corwin,” which airs on ABC-TV affiliates across the U.S. on Saturday mornings.

The first episode, which aired on February 1, featured Jeff Corwin as he traveled to the Islands of Tahiti and worked with rescuers to save Tahiti’s sea turtles, explored coral reefs and swam with stingrays and sharks.

The second episode that aired February 8 featured the atoll of Rangiroa as Jeff searched for the elusive Lionfish.

The third Tahiti episode aired on February 22, 2014, Jeff explored one of the largest ocean sanctuaries on earth and came face-to-face with a family of humpback whales between the islands of Tahiti and Moorea.

Click here to watch the Tahiti episodes on “Ocean Mysteries.”

Network: ABC
Viewership: 1.6 million per episode

Giuliana & Bill – E!
May 2014

On May 27, 2014, the Islands of Tahiti and Le Taha’a Island Resort & Spa were featured on the hit show “Giuliana & Bill” on the E! Network.

Giuliana and Bill surprised a few of their friends with a trip to the Islands of Tahiti and some “couples’ counseling” in addition to relaxation and exploration of paradise. A very big mauruuru roa to Air Tahiti Nui, Le Taha’a Island Resort & Spa and Tahiti Tourisme that worked together to make this project happen.

Click here to watch the episode.

Network: E!
Viewership: 2.5 million

Extreme Weight Loss –
June 2014

Two episodes of ABC’s hit show Extreme Weight Loss were shot on the island of Moorea at the Sofitel Moorea Ia Ora Beach Resort. The first episode, which ran on June 3, followed the amazing journey and weight loss transformations of mother and son, Kathie and Josh. The episode covered their six-month weight loss check in and their experiences in the Islands of Tahiti.

The second episode, which aired on June 17, 2014, featured Jayce from Nashville and Olympic medalist Ryan Lochte.  Lochte helped Jayce overcome his fear of swimming in open water in the beautiful lagoon of Moorea.

Each two-hour episode documents the journey of transformation of an individual through significant weight loss over the course of one year with the goal of losing up to half their body weight. Host, Chris Powell and his wife Heidi push and inspire each participant to reach their goal weight.

A very big mauruuru roa to Air Tahiti Nui and Sofitel Moorea Ia Ora Beach Resort that worked very closely with the Tahiti Tourisme to make this project happen.

Network: ABC
Episode one: 3.7 million
Episode two: 3.3 million

Click on the following link to see highlights from episode one or episode two.

Rhythm Abroad – PBS
June 2014

From the producers of PBS’ Emmy-winning TravelScope, Rhythm Abroad brings dance, culture and music of the Islands of Tahiti into the homes of viewers. Host Brittany Pierce gets an inside view into typical Tahitian life as she moves her hips with the locals at a community fundraiser. Away from the drums, Brittany cools off as she takes to the crystal blue waters for an exciting day of swimming with stingrays and sharks.

Click here to watch the episode.

Click here to view photos from the shoot and the show.

Network: PBS

Globe Trekker – PBS
June 2014

Hosts Ian Wright, Justine Shapiro and Megan McCormick dust off their boots and hit the trail once more in Globe Trekker Around The World featured on PBS this past June.

Zay Harding goes on an epic adventure across the South Pacific islands in pursuit of the remaining vestiges of Polynesian culture. Along the way he tells the incredible story of the Mutiny on the Bounty, beguiles us with tales of Captain Cook and experiences the simple joys of tropical island life. Zay then sets forth to French Polynesia and its ‘Garden of Eden,’ Tahiti, where Otea dancing girls catch his eye and Matavai Bay sends him back in time to the late eighteenth century when Captain Cook was charting the transit of Venus and a seafaring crew collected breadfruit and Polynesian wives for their impending mutiny.

Zay volunteers himself for the Heiva Va’a canoe race, dines in a truck-filled car park called a roulotte and ferries himself to the island of Moorea for some snorkeling and a taste of the best vanilla in the world.

Click here to watch a preview of the show.

Network: PBS

Facing Waves/SUP – Universal Sport and Outside TV
July 2014

The islands of Tahiti and Moorea were recently featured in two episodes of Facing Waves. Facing Waves is an adventure travel TV series that showcases top paddling athletes and destinations from around the world. Each episode takes viewers on paddling adventures that are breathtaking and inspiring.

The show is broadcast through NBC’s Universal Sports, Outside Television, and syndicated internationally. The show is also translated into Spanish and broadcast in all Spanish-speaking countries in South America.

Click here to view the Opening Segment teaser

Moorea – mini segment on Paddle TV, click here to view.

Network: Outside TV and Universal Sports

Universal Sports is broadcast into 58 million TV households
Outside Television is broadcast to 8 million TV Households across the US

Tune in Tomorrow, June 17 on ABC – Extreme Weight Loss in Tahiti

Ia ora na Partners!

Tune in tomorrow night, Tuesday June 17, to see the second of two episodes of ABC’s hit show Extreme Weight Loss that were shot on the breath-taking island of Moorea. Set your DVR’s to see Jayce from Nashville, TN as he battles his body weight and follows his dream to be a performer.   

Each two-hour episode documents the journey of transformation of an individual through significant weight loss over the course of one year with the goal of losing up to half their body weight. Host, Chris Powell, is the leader of each transformation who pushes and inspires each participant to reach their goal weight.

A very big mauruuru roa to Air Tahiti Nui and Sofitel Moorea Ia Ora Beach Resort  that worked very closely with the Tahiti Tourisme to make this project happen.

WHAT: Extreme Weight Loss

SOCIAL: Facebook@ ExtWeightLoss  and Twitter:@ExtWeightLoss

WHEN: Tuesday, June 17, 8/7c


Thank you!

Tahiti Tourisme North America


Tune in TONIGHT, June 3 on ABC – Extreme Weight Loss in the Islands of Tahiti

Ia ora na Partners!

Tune in TONIGHT to see our beautiful island of Moorea featured on ABC’s hit show “Extreme Weight Loss”. Tonight’s show is the first of two episodes that will feature Moorea and follows the amazing story of Kathie & Josh, a mother and son from Charlotte, North Carolina. We will send out an update when we have the airdate for the second episode.

Each two-hour episode documents the journey of transformation through significant weight loss over the course of one year with the goal of losing up to half their body weight. Host, Chris Powell, is the leader of each transformation who pushes and inspires each participant to reach their goal weight.

A very big mauruuru roa to Air Tahiti Nui, Sofitel Moorea Ia Ora Beach Resort and Tahiti Tourisme that worked together to make this project happen.

WHAT: Extreme Weight Loss

WHEN: TONIGHT, June 3, 8/7c


Mauruuru roa!

Tahiti Tourisme North America


Tune in Tonight on E! – Giuliana & Bill in Tahiti!

We are pleased to announce that the Islands of Tahiti and Le Taha’a Island Resort & Spa will be featured tonight on the hit show Giuliana & Bill that airs on the E! Network.

The Islands of Tahiti welcomed the cast and crew of the Giuliana & Bill in November 2013 over the Thanksgiving holiday.  A very big mauruuru roa to Air Tahiti Nui, Le Taha’a Island Resort & Spa and Tahiti Tourisme that worked together to make this project happen.

Giuliana & Bill airs tonight Tuesday, May 27, 8/7c on E! – Be sure to tune in!

WHAT: Giuliana & Bill Go to Tahiti!
WHEN: May 27, 8/7c on E!
WHERE: E! Network

Click here to see the beautiful teaser to the episode.

Sneak peek into the “Couples’ Therapy” discussion

Mauruuru roa!
Tahiti Tourisme North America

Online Media Coverage

The Huffington Post – January 2013
“Exploring Bora Bora And Tikehau In French Polynesia”

Blogger and freelance journalist, David Duran, featured the island of Bora Bora and the atoll of Tikehau in a recent Huff Post Travel blog story.

David highlights the crystal clear lagoons and leaves readers with tips and must-dos, including snorkeling, ray & shark feeding, and just lounging in the lagoon. He also shares great tips and best ways on how to book your next dream vacation to paradise.

Click here to view his post.

Unique Visitors Per Month: 40,903,800
Page Views Per Month: 105,940,842

Cruising World Magazine – January 2013
“Sail Polynesia in Tahiti Pearl Regatta”

Elaine Lembo writes about how a sunny day, emerald waters, and warm breezes are the perfect conditions for a downwind run amongst sails racing to the finish line in the Tahiti Pearl Regatta.

Click here to view the spread.

Unique Visitors Per Month: 4,254

Houston Chronicle – January 2013
French Polynesia’s 50 Shades of Blue

Michelle Newman’s take on the “50 Shades of Blue” begins from the moment she boards Air Tahiti Nui to the moment she dips her toes in the lagoon!

Click here to view her post.

Unique Visitors Per Month: 3,231,761
Page Views Per Month: 5,397,041

Budget Travel – February 2013
10 Islands to See Before You Die

It’s no surprise why Bora Bora is on everyone’s “bucket list” – the title of the article says it all!

Click here to view the article.

Unique Visitors Per Month: 1,225,719
Page Views Per Month: 3,333,955

Travel Age West – February 2013
At first sight

Travel Age West editor Mindy Poder shares about her experiences staying at all four InterContinental Resorts in French Polynesia.

Click here to read the full article.

Unique Visitors Per Month: 2,269

Travel + Leisure – February 2013
World’s Most Romantic Islands

The Islands of Tahiti captured the hearts of Travel + Leisure readers, who voted Bora Bora the No. 1 island for romance, Moorea the No. 8, and Huahine at No. 14 in this year’s World’s Best Awards survey.

Click here to view the article.

Unique Visitors Per Month: 235,388
Page Views Per Month: 1,224,017

Houston Chronicle – February 2013
Meet the Mamas: Keepers of Polynesian Culture

Michelle Newman highlights her experiences with the local Mamas at Le Marché in Papeete, and at a Polynesian feast in Huahine.

She notes “These highly respected matriarchs and wise elders are the keepers of Polynesian culture and traditions.”

Click here to view her post.

Unique Visitors Per Month: 3,231,761
Page Views Per Month: 5,397,041

Travel Channel – March 2013
The Daily Escape: St. Regis Bora Bora

The article opens with “Pinch yourself” – reassuring readers that your best dream comes true when you step foot at the St. Regis Bora Bora Resort.

Click here to view the article.

Unique Visitors Per Month: 931,059
Page Views Per Month: 1,908,671

The Huffington Post – March 2013
Honeymoon Destinations 2013

The Bora Bora Pearl Beach Resort & Spa ranks on the “Top 10 Most Relaxing Trips for Newlyweds” list.

Click here to view the article.

Unique Visitors Per Month: 40,903,800
Page Views Per Month: 105,940,842

Houston Chronicle – March 2013
Keeping up with the Kardashians in Bora Bora – or at least trying to

Blogger and freelance journalist, Michelle Newman, gets to live like a Kardashian during her stay at the Hilton Bora Bora Nui Resort & Spa.

Click here to view her post.

Unique Visitors Per Month: 3,231,761
Page Views Per Month: 5,397,041

Green Global Travel
First Impressions: Our Initial Thoughts on The Islands of Tahiti

Writers Bret and Mary Love share their initial first impressions of the Islands of Tahiti, and their dream vacation that they will be talking about for the rest of their lives.

Click here to view her post.

TripAdvisor’s Top Islands for 2013

The island of Moorea ranked on TripAdvisor’s “Top Islands for 2013” and was covered by USA Today.

Click here to view her post.

Unique Visitors Per Month: 16,735,759
Page Views Per Month: 32,300,014

Daily Candy – May 2013
Fathom Shares 13 Hot-Weather Escapes

Le Taha’a Island Resort & Spa was featured as one of the top 13 escapes for those looking for a hot-weather destination.

Click here to view post.

Fathom Way to Go – May 2013
Most Romantic Hotels in Australia and the South Pacific

We are pleased to share that three hotels made it on this list! Le Taha’a Island Resort & Spa, St. Regis Resort Bora Bora, and the Sofitel Private Island Bora Bora.

Click here to view the rest of the post

In addition, Fathom has also posted a Tahiti Guide page on their website where you can read other related Tahiti articles.

Click here to view the Fathom Tahiti Guide.

Unique Visitors Per Month: 28,927
Page Views Per Month: 57,854

Event Planning, a blog by Cvent – May 2013
50 Shades of Green: Venues Raise the Sustainability for Meetings and Events

Writer Julie Catalano states that although many hotels and convention centers have been on the sustainability track for years now, there are those that have taken green to a whole new level, such as the InterContinental Bora Bora Resort & Thalasso Spa.

The resort is the first in the world to implement SWAC – sea water air-conditioning – which helps offset the cost and environmental impact of what is usually a property’s biggest electricity-guzzler: air conditioning.

Click here to view the full blog.

US – May 2013
Audrina Patridge shows off bikini body in Tahiti!

Audrina Patridge, from the hit MTV reality show The Hills, was recently spotted on the beautiful island of Moorea with her on-again off-again boyfriend Corey Bohan,

The couple stayed at the Hilton Moorea Lagoon Resort & Spa.

Click here to view more photos of her romantic escape!

Unique Visitors Per Month: 5,653,247
Page Views Per Month: 31,884,313

Travel Age West – May 2013
Tahiti Yacht Charters

Editor Skye Marying traveled to the Islands of Tahiti, and experienced sailing from Raiatea to Rangiroa with Tahiti Yacht Charters.

“The French Polynesian cruise company specializes in private sailings and encourages guests to follow their impulses, whether that’s sunbathing on the bow’s mesh trampoline or getting PADI certified in the Leeward Islands,” says Marying of the charter company.

Click here to read the full article.

Unique Visitors Per Month: 2,269

The Daily Escape – May 2013
Overwater Bungalow

The Travel Channel highlighted three hotels in Bora Bora – Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora, Le Méridien Bora Bora, and the St. Regis Bora Bora Resort – for their overwater bungalows.

Click here to read the full article.

Unique Visitors Per Month: 931,059
Page Views Per Month: 1,908,671

New York Post – May 2013
Swimming with Sharks – Finning around Paradise

Writer Terry Ward shares what it’s like swimming with black tip reef sharks in Moorea and Bora Bora and notes that it’s not to be missed. However, for the daring ones, she recommends scuba diving 80 feet below the surface at the passages of Rangiroa or Fakarava, where one can spot hammerhead sharks, and grey sharks.

“It’s nothing short of an underwater Serengeti out here,” says Ward.

Click here to read the full article.

Unique Visitors Per Month: 2,888,456
Page Views Per Month: 7,134,486 – May 2013
The World’s Best Sailing Destinations

Writer Robin Dalmas listed the Islands of Tahiti as one of the best sailing destinations in the world. Sunsail, The Moorings, and Tahiti Yacht Charters and their respective bases on the island of Raiatea and sailing packages were mentioned.

“If you’ve ever listened to ‘Southern Cross’ and heard Stephen Stills croon about ‘a downhill run to Papeete,’ you’ve sailed to Tahiti in French Polynesia … in your mind,” Dalmas writes.

Click here to read the full article.

Unique Visitors Per Month: 58,710,872
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Houston Chronicle – June 2013
Moorea – The Island with Spirit

Michelle Newman describes the magical island of Moorea, teeming with “Mana” (spirit) as a romantic honeymoon haven set against a postcard-pretty setting.

“Moorea is like Maui on steroids. Breathtakingly beautiful, heart-shaped Moorea, the island of love, is everything that I expected a South Pacific island to be. Moorea never disappointed me for a second,” describes Newman.

Click here to read the full article.

Unique Visitors Per Month: 3,231,761
Page Views Per Month: 5,397,041

Departure Magazine – June 2013
Memorable Hotel Arrivals

There’s no better way than being greeted by a red carpet when arriving at a hotel! Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora was featured as one of the ten hotels that know how to put out a world-class welcome mat in this piece by Adam Graham.

Click here to read the full article.

San Antonio Express News – June 2013
Hilton’s Heavenly Resort in Moorea

“From the moment I entered the open-air lobby I knew I was in a special place. Within seconds, I decompressed and just stood in awe absorbing all of the beauty surrounding me,” says Michelle Newman about the Hilton Moorea Lagoon Resort & Spa.

Click here to read the full article.

The Vancouver Sun – June 2013
Island hopping aboard a luxury private catamaran in French Polynesia

Writer/blogger Mark Sissons boarded a 3-day all-inclusive trip aboard the Tahiti Dream Yacht charter in Uturoa, Raiatea, and imagined what it must have felt like being Captain Bligh and his mutinous crew of the HMS Bounty who navigated through these uncharted waters over two-centuries ago.

“For them, as for me, navigating the world’s most beautiful collection of far-flung exotic islands must have felt like paradise found,” says Sissons.

Click here to read the full article.

Houston Chronicle – June 2013
Tahiti’s Voices of Angels

Writer/blogger Michelle Newman experienced a typical holy day at church on the island of Tahiti.

Newman says in her blog, “The choir started singing in heavenly harmony which quickly grew into a major crescendo. I could feel the intensity and knew this came from the heart.”

Click here to read the full article.

Unique Visitors Per Month: 3,231,761
Page Views Per Month: 5,397,041

San Antonio Express News – July 2013
Le Taha’a – A Vanilla Odyssey

A beach villa at Le Taha’a Island Resort & Spa, a private cooking class with Chef Antoine, a hands-on culinary experience with the F&B Manager, and a circle island tour on Taha’a to discover the vanilla plantations – were activities that writer Michelle Newman experienced while in Taha’a.

Click here to read the full article.

Islands Magazine – July 2013
Best of Overwater Bungalows
Discover the most beautiful overwater bungalows, from Tahiti to Bora Bora.

Click here to view full article.

Travel + Leisure – August 2013
Best Gay Honeymoon Destinations
This honeymoon favorite delivers, regardless of sexuality, thanks to a winning formula of soft white-sand beaches, vanilla plantations, coconut groves, gin-clear waters, and some of the world’s sexiest hotels

Click here to view full article.

Sport Diver – September 2013
An Inside Look at Diving in Tahiti 
From the thrilling rush of its pass dives to the sedate island life, Tahiti offers a change of pace like no other island paradise.

Click here to view full article. – September 2013
Bye Bye Bora Bora – 15 Other Islands In French Polynesia
There’s a lot more to French Polynesia. The country is made up of 118 islands and atolls covering a stretch of ocean roughly the size of Europe.

Click here to view full article.

Sport Diver – October 2013
A Diver Guide to French Polynesia
Find out what there is to know before taking a dive trip to French Polynesia

Click here to view full article.

The Baltimore Sun – November 2013
Ravens’ Ihedigbo’s Bora Bora vacation 
Ravens’ James Ihedigbo shares his travel destination favorite, Bora Bora in French Polynesia.

Click here to view full article.

Travel Age West – November 2013
Water Sports in Bora Bora
The 2013 Bora Bora Liquid Festival takes place Dec. 2-8, 2013.

Click here to view full article.

Hotel Scoop – November 2013
Pension de la Plage: A Friendly and Affordable Guesthouse in Tahiti
We spent our first two nights at Pension de la Plage, a simple family-owned guesthouse in Punaauia on the west coast of the island of Tahiti, about 20-minutes’ drive south of the airport, and about 30 to 35 minutes from the capital city of Papeete…

Click here to view full article.

Huffington Post – November 2013
An Island You Can’t Even Find On A Map
Escape all that is holiday hullabaloo and head off to your own private island getaway on Motu Teta in Rangiroa, French Polynesia…

Click here to view full article.

Hotel Scoop – December 2013
Hotel Maitai Bora Bora: Paradise on a (Mid-Range) Budget
Find out about ways to fit a vacation to Bora Bora in your budget!

Click here to view full article.

Hotel Scoop – December 2013
Maitai Lapita Village in Huahine, French Polynesia: A Well-Designed Hotel with a Story to Tell
I love a hotel with a story. The Hotel Maitai Lapita Village on the island of Huahine in French Polynesia has two…

Click here to view full article.

Fodor’s Travel – December 2013
What to Pack: Tahiti
This French Polynesian isle, dotted with lush rain forests and intensely blue lagoons, has come to be regarded as practically synonymous with paradise…

Click here to view full article.

Fox News – December 2013
Top 10 remote hotels worldwide
With cell phones and social networking taking over the world, it can feel as if life is in your face 24 hours a day. But it’s still possible to escape — we promise! Simply catch a flight to Tahiti and make your way to the Rangiroa Atoll, where your own private nine-acre island awaits…

Click here to view full article.