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Tiare News – July 2014

Delivering Paradise!

The Aranui 3, a semi-freighter, semi-passenger vessel, has been a pioneer in the Marquesas Islands exploration over the years. With 14-day cruises from Tahiti to some of the most remote Tahitian islands, Aranui offers the perfect blend of education, soft adventure and authentic island experience. As a working freighter, it is also one of the only ways some of these islands are connected to the world, as they do not all have an airport.

The Marquesas Archipelago, a 4-hour flight North from the capital island of Tahiti, are like no other island group in French Polynesia. There, rugged towering peaks and cliffs greet the travelers. There are no lagoons or barrier reefs to be seen. These islands are therefore not a beach destination, but for travelers looking for an intense, enriching cultural experience, and adventure, the Marquesas will not disappoint.

Certified Tahiti Specialist® Christina Turrini says it in her own words in her article.

Mauruuru Christina!

Aranui 5 On the Way!
Aranui Cruises is thrilled to announce the launch of the Aranui 5 next year. The Aranui 5 will have a maximum capacity of 280 passengers.
The vessel will remain a freighter-passenger ship and continue to offer unparalleled voyages to the Marquesas Islands, with stops in the Tuamotu as well as the addition of Bora Bora to their itineraries. The ship’s public areas will be enhanced, keeping the Polynesian flair and atmosphere throughout.
A Facebook Private Group Just for Travel Agents!
We have recently created a dedicated Facebook Closed Group for the Travel Agents community. If you are not part of it yet, look for Tahiti Tiare Program® on Facebook! Please note that this closed group is exclusively for travel agents, hotels / cruise partners and excursions companies. Tour Operators are not invited to the group. This is really your Facebook group!
Romance, the Myth Continues!
The Islands of Tahiti are known as the islands of love. We are proud and honored to be ranked Number 1 for Most Romantic Destinations in the World by BRIDES Magazine!
Thank you all for your support to our magical destination! Thank you for helping us as ambassadors for the Islands of Tahiti! Mauruuru Roa!
Beyond Romance: Several Reasons to Go or Go Back to Tahiti
The Islands of Tahiti exude romance, love and sensuality. But there really is much more to French Polynesia!
You will go for the first time and fall in love… You will want to return, for a milestone or bring your family to a place that many call paradise.Here are a few must-do activities and reasons to return again and again:

  • Amazing hikes: did you know that the main island of Tahiti has some of the best variety of hikes throughout French Polynesia? Whether a beginner or advanced hiker, you can spend days exploring the lush, untouched valleys and mountains of Tahiti. Really adventurous: why not try a two-day trek to one of the most inaccessible places: Te Pari, just passed Teahupoo on Tahiti Iti. You will feel like you have entered a whole new world; one where petroglyphs are engraved in giant stones, where natural pools have crystal clear waters and where black sand beaches still breathe ancient Tahiti… It is highly recommended to go hiking with an experienced guide!
  • Underwater wonderland: although scuba diving is available throughout most of the Tahitian islands, the highlights are the atolls of Rangiroa and Fakarava. Both are known for the thrilling drift dive that will take you from the ocean to the lagoon. On the way, amazing encounters can be expected: schools of barracudas, tuna, graceful eagle or manta rays, and of course every diver’s dream, lots of sharks (grey, black and white tip, lemon, great hammerhead seasonally). Most dive operators in the islands offer “Dive Passes” that will be the best deal for avid scuba divers
  • Heiva festival: every year in July, Tahiti celebrates dance, music and traditional sports. For this major community event, dance troupes from the islands come to the island of Tahiti to compete for the titles of “Best Dance Troupe”, “Best Male Dancer”, “Best Musicians” etc… Dance troupes will rehearse for months prior to the big day! Anyone traveling to Tahiti during that time should definitely make it a point to attend. It is truly spectacular.
  • Whale watching: from August through October, humpback whales migrate through the Polynesian waters. During these reproduction months, it is fairly easy to spot mothers and calves cruising along the coasts. Tahiti, Moorea as well as Rurutu are the best places to see them. They can also be seen between Bora Bora and Raiatea
  • Bird watching: Tikehau means “peaceful landing.” Once you set foot on this beautiful atoll, you can right away feel the serenity and tranquility. In this incredible setting, visit the Birds’ Islet for a half or full day tour. Variety of birds include: Red Footed Boobies, Fregates, Egrets to only name a few. Adults, babies in their nest, it truly is amazing!
  • Helicopter touring: the islands from the air are so spectacular! With so many shades of blue and water so clear that one can “heli-snorkel”, treat yourself to a few minutes of intense beauty that will leave your eyes dreaming in blue

Tahitian Art: The Beauty of Carving

All Tahitians are artists. Whether it is music, dance, or creating stunning art pieces, they all have inherited some talents from their ancestors.
The Marquesas Islands have among the finest carvers in French Polynesia. Wood, stone or bone, each piece is made with love and passion. Pieces can be found in a few art stores throughout the islands. And of course, right at the source in the Marquesas Islands themselves.
On the island of Hiva Oa (Marquesas archipelago), final resting place of artist Paul Gauguin and singer Jacques Brel, the tallest “tiki” (8’ tall) can be seen in the small village of Puamau.
An Artists’ Haven
The Islands of Tahiti have at all times inspired countless artists and writers.
Among some of the famous artists who have settled there, French artist Paul Gauguin found his version of paradise in the Marquesas Islands. He settled in the village of Atunoa, on the island of Hiva Oa. Recently, his house more commonly as known as “La Maison du Jouir” (“House of Pleasure”) was restored. Next to it, the Paul Gauguin Museum offers a glimpse of his art. However, one should note that none of his original art can be found in French Polynesia.Jacques Brel, a famous Belgian singer also found his haven of peace in Hiva Oa. After years of touring and a very public life, he retired in the Marquesas Islands. He put his skills to good use living there. At the time, as a skilled pilot, he was the good samaritan and transported locals from one island to the other, offering tours to children and be a true support to the local community. Adored by the Marquesans, his grave is located in the Atunoa’s small cemetery.



Tiare News – April 2014

A New Tiered Tahiti Tiare Program®

Tahiti Tourisme North America (TTNA) is pleased to announce the launch of our redesigned Tahiti Tiare Program®, the destination’s specialist program. The upgraded version will see Certified Tahiti Specialists® divided in different tiered levels based on their yearly gross revenue in bookings for Tahiti.

Terminology Reminder
Tahiti Tiare Agent®: a Travel Advisor who is enrolled in the Tahiti Tiare Program® (the destination’s specialist program) and has not yet completed all of the requirements to become a Certified Tahiti Specialist®.

Certified Tahiti Specialist®: a Travel Advisor who has successfully completed all the program’s requirements.

Tahiti Tourisme North America has recently joined the prestigious Virtuoso family. We look forward to seeing everyone at the Virtuoso Travel Week in August this year.

Tahiti Receptions
In February of this year, we launched the Tahiti Receptions previously known as the Tahiti Workshops. The Tahiti Receptions are being held in 18 cities across the United States. By invitation only, the receptions are a great opportunity for qualifying motivated Travel Advisors to learn more about the destination and become more confident in selling it.


Under The Spotlight This Month: Tetiaroa, Marlon Brando’s Dream
Located a quick 15-minute flight from the island of Tahiti, the small atoll of Tetiaroa is one of natures most amazing creation. Pristine and untouched, it’s no surprise that Marlon Brando fell in love with it during the filming of “Mutiny of the Bounty” in the 1960’s. Within one of nature’s most breathtaking sanctuaries, a large variety of birds, and sea life have found the perfect shelter. In the past, Tetiaroa was the summer hideaway for Tahitian royalty. On July 1st of this year, a few privileged discerning travelers will be able to set foot on Marlon Brando’s “motu” paradise for the ultimate experience in luxury, with the opening of “The Brando” eco-resort.

Excursion Highlight: Tetiaroa
On Tetiaroa, nature’s beauty goes beyond imagination. This sanctuary is home to amazing fauna and offers visitors many ways to be part of the dream by snorkeling among colorful tropical fish and rays, or stand up paddle above the crystal-clear lagoon. Sometimes, it is nice to just relax and reconnect with the wonderful gifts nature has to offer.



Tiare News – March 2014

Tahiti Tiare Program®

We are excited to announce and unveil our new tiered Tahiti Tiare Program®.

As you know, until now, one of the requirements to become a Certified Tahiti Specialist® was to submit a minimum of four (4) bookings per year based on certification date.
This will change as of April 1st, 2014 and the Tahiti Tiare Program® will become a tiered program with different levels of Certified Tahiti Specialists®. The program will take into consideration gross revenue and no longer number of bookings.
In order to become a Certified Tahiti Specialist® (and remain certified), Travel Advisors will have to produce a minimum of $30,000 in Tahiti bookings per year based on a calendar year (January 1st, to December 31st). They will continue submitting their bookings in the Travel Trade Center and total package price will become essential.
The attached document outlines the updated requirements to become a Certified Tahiti Specialist® as well as the different levels and the benefits and incentive for each level.
We know this will require some adjustments for everyone, but we believe that this will be beneficial to all of us, especially Travel Advisors who actively sell our beautiful destination.
Travel Advisors can enter their bookings as they make them, or enter them all at once by the end of the year. There will be the possibility to upload a yearly sales report for Advisors who work closely with a preferred Tour Operator.
Travel Trade Center and E-Learning
The Travel Trade Center is the dedicated Travel Advisors’ section where agents can access information on the destination. 

The E-Learning Program (Tahiti Tiare Program®) is the destination’s specialist program for Travel Advisors wishing to get an in-depth training on the Islands of Tahiti and wish to become Certified Tahiti Specialists®.
The main enhancements to both include:
  • One point of entry for both the Travel Trade Center and the Tahiti Tiare Program all under:
  • Simplified registration process for the Travel Trade Center and the Tahiti Tiare Program®
  • A new online destination presentation that can be downloaded step by step and viewed at one’s own pace
  • An updated and enhanced online exam
  • Updated destination information
  • And available soon, a variety of fact sheets and cheat sheets about the islands



We are thrilled to inform you that Tahiti Tourisme North America has recently joined the prestigious Virtuoso family and will therefore be participating at the Virtuoso Travel Week in Las Vegas in August this year.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank you all for your support.
If you have any questions or would like additional information, please email us at



Tiare News – October 2013

Maeva! Welcome to our redesigned Tiare News!

Each month, the Tiare News will bring you updates on the Islands of Tahiti, including information on excursions, special events and much more!

Share it with your colleagues and friends, invite those who are not part of our destination specialist program, the “Tahiti Tiare Program®,” to register!

Most importantly, share your news with us for inclusion in our newsletter! 

“Paumotu” Wilderness… Welcome to Rangiroa

Rangiroa, “Immense Sky” in Tahitian, is the largest atoll in French Polynesia and a picture perfect paradise. Tiny “motu” (islets) enclose the infinite lagoon, offering a myriad of iridescent blues and greens.

Two passes connect the lagoon to the ocean and represent the only two ways to enter the atoll by the sea. The main villages of Avatoru and Tiputa are ideally located next to each channel. Children actually get to go to school by boat!

Life on the atoll revolves around the lagoon and its offerings: fishing, pearl farming and scuba diving. Homes are tastefully decorated with colorful “tifaifai”, shells and corals. Fish parks provide food for the families. Children’s playmates are often small sharks, rays or turtles!

Rangiroa and the atolls of French Polynesia offer the perfect Robinson Crusoe getaway. They are ideal for travelers seeking out-of-the-ordinary experiences and adventures!
Accommodations in the Tuamotu atolls are mostly family-owned pensions, allowing travelers to be a part of the real “paumotu” life.


Biking on completely flat roads – The Tuamotu atolls offer the perfect setting for biking!  Bike all the way to the Tiputa Pass to watch the dolphins play. Your resort or pension will tell you what the best time is to encounter them as it all depends on the tides and currents. On the way, stop for a quick dip in the natural pools on the reef side.

Drift snorkeling in the Tiputa Pass for those who are not afraid of deep waters – This is a must-do in Rangiroa! The boat will drop you off outside the channel and you will drift back in with the current. On the way, you may spot turtles, sharks, rays, and other large marine life. Thrilling! However not recommended for those who are not comfortable in deep waters. Remember, it is in the big blue!

Day tour to the Blue Lagoon – This stunning place is like a mini atoll within an atoll! Because of its privileged and protected location, it has become a shark nursery and a bird sanctuary where different bird species can be seen. A delicious picnic will be served on the beach. Pure and real Robinson Crusoe life!

Scuba diving – If you are one of those who prefer the underwater experience, don’t go any further, you have found your paradise! With large varieties of sharks and rays, tropical fish (large and small), turtles and dolphins, you will enjoy every minute spent in the silent world. Rangiroa is rated as one of the best dive spots in the world for large animal encounters!

Out of the Ordinary…

Did you know that Rangiroa is home to the only vineyard in the world set on a coral atoll, which produces the delicate and unique “Coral Wine”?
The Auroy family started the business many years ago. At the time, everyone thought it would be impossible! Producing wine on a coral base soil? Well yes, they made it! And you can now try white, red or rosé wine when visiting the islands. It also makes a great souvenir to bring to your wine collector friends!