In July 1768, Captain James Cook was commissioned by the Royal Society and on orders from the Lords Commissioners of the Admiralty to observe the transit of Venus across the sun, a phenomenon that would be visible from Tahiti on 3 June 1769.[21] He arrived in Tahiti's Matavai Bay, commanding HMS Endeavour on 12 April 1769.[22][11]:141 On 14 April, Cook met with Tutaha and Tepau.[11]:144 On 15 April, Cook picked the site for a fortified camp at Point Venus along with Banks, Parkinson, Daniel Solander, to protect Charles Green's observatory.[11]:147 The length of stay enabled them to undertake for the first time real ethnographic and scientific observations of the island. Assisted by the botanist Joseph Banks, and by the artist Sydney Parkinson, Cook gathered valuable information on the fauna and flora, as well as the native society, language and customs, including the proper name of the island, 'Otaheite'. On 28 April, Cook met Purea and Tupaia, and Tupaia befriended Banks following the transit. On 21 June, Amo visited Cook, and then on 25 June, Pohuetea visited, signifying another chief seeking to ally himself with the British.[11]:154–155,175,183–185

Four Seasons Bora Bora is arguably the nicest resort in the world. We had the pleasure of calling this oasis our home for a week, and we have to admit, it was damn hard to leave. FS Bora Bora is constantly in the conversation for the best luxury resort in the world and has been awarded a number of accolades from Travel + Leisure, AAA, Forbes, Conde Nast and other well-respected brands.


The island of Tahiti is divided into two parts: The larger portion to the northwest is known as Tahiti Nui, while the smaller, southeastern peninsula is known as Tahiti Iti. Tahiti Nui is dominated by three extinct volcanic mountains including Mount Orohena, the tallest in French Polynesia; Mount Aorai, known for its incredible views; and Le Diadème, which appears to crown the island as the rightful queen.
If you’re looking for an authentic Polynesian experience on your honeymoon, book your stay at the Bora Bora Pearl Beach Resort & Spa. This is a very romantic location that has a spectacular view of Mount Otemanu. There are 80 bungalows at this resort on Motu Tevairaoa, Manea Spa treatments to unwind and rejuvenate after your wedding, and delicious cuisine. There are also two bars onsite, a diving center, mini golf, bocce ball courts, and a floodlit tennis court. To make your stay extra special, you can reserve a romance package with champagne, a fruit basket, and a bed of flowers. Some romance packages even include massage for two, romantic candlelit dinner for two, and a VIP greeting with flower crowns and necklaces. 

Treat yourself to an intimate getaway with luxurious accommodations at the Sofitel Private Island in Bora Bora with this 6-night vacation package. This special includes free daily breakfast for two and unlimited non-motorized water sports, as well as a Tahiti Legends exclusive bar credit to cap off another perfect day in paradise. C'est magnifique! 
During your honeymoon in Bora Bora, you will share some unforgettable experiences in the sun. Whether you are lying on a white sand beach, enjoying the show from the terrace of an overwater bungalow, sipping a cocktail under the coconut trees or feet in the water surrounded by fishes … relaxation and well-being will be the key points of your stay. For your Bora Bora honeymoon, contact our specialists. They will do their very best to guide you and turn your honeymoon into a magical experience that will remain in your hearts forever. Start the journey of life in this paradise called Bora Bora.
Experience romance at the InterContinental Bora Bora Le Moana Resort when you stay five nights in an Overwater Lagoon Jr. Suite Bungalow overlooking Bora Bora's famous lagoon. Trip includes roundtrip international air from Los Angeles, all transfers and inter-island air, free daily breakfast for two, outrigger canoe breakfast, shark and ray snorkel safari, Jet Ski Tour, a lunch at Bloody Mary's, a 4x4 Cultural Island Tour with Sunset  Champagne at the crater, complimentary Internet access, plus added romantic amenities for our honeymoon clients. Package price reflects 90-day advance purchase resort discount. FROM $3,475 5 NIGHTS
Tahiti has a freeway that runs across the west coast. This freeway starts in Arue and continues across the Papeete urban area. Then it continues along the west coast of Tahiti Nui through smaller villages. The freeway turns east toward Taravao where Tahiti Nui meets Tahiti Iti. Tahiti's west coast freeway keeps going until Teahupo'o where the freeway becomes a thin paved road. 

The heart and soul of the South Pacific, Tahiti is the largest in a chain of islands that make up French Polynesia. The name can either refer to the main island or the entire destination. Commonly referred to as The Islands of Tahiti, French Polynesia is a collection of 118 islands and atolls scattered across an impressive nautical surface area the size of Western Europe. Still, these tiny islands—many of which remain uninhabited—make up a total landmass of only 1,600 square miles (4,100 sq. km).

The experts at Unforgettable Honeymoons have personally traveled to French Polynesia many times, and have visited most of islands ( more than once) we have personally toured the resorts and beaches, and have put the best of Tahiti and French Polynesia on our web site at Unforgettable Honeymoons. We recommend the following islands in the Society Islands to our clients:
This emigration, across several hundred kilometres of ocean, was made possible by using outrigger canoes that were up to twenty or thirty meters long and could transport families as well as domestic animals. In 1769, for instance, James Cook mentions a great traditional ship (va'a) in Tahiti that was 33 m (108 ft) long, and could be propelled by sail or paddles.[7] In 2010, an expedition on a simple outrigger canoe with a sail retraced the route back from Tahiti to Asia.[8]
During your honeymoon in Bora Bora, you will share some unforgettable experiences in the sun. Whether you are lying on a white sand beach, enjoying the show from the terrace of an overwater bungalow, sipping a cocktail under the coconut trees or feet in the water surrounded by fishes … relaxation and well-being will be the key points of your stay. For your Bora Bora honeymoon, contact our specialists. They will do their very best to guide you and turn your honeymoon into a magical experience that will remain in your hearts forever. Start the journey of life in this paradise called Bora Bora.
This is your ideal Bora Bora romantic escape! Spend 5 nights at the popular Intercontinental Resort Le Moana in an Overwater Bungalow. Enjoy daily Buffet Breakfast at the resort and daily dinner at various restaurants around Bora Bora including one romantic dinner on the beach. Have fun swimming with sharks and rays and exploring the magnificent Bora Bora lagoon.
In 1767 Tahiti (then usually called Otaheite) was visited by Capt. Samuel Wallis of the British navy, who named it King George III Island. It was subsequently visited by Louis-Antoine de Bougainville (1768), who claimed it for France. He named it La Nouvelle Cythère (“The New Cythera”) in honour of the Greek island of Cythera. It was then visited by two English navigators, James Cook in 1769 and William Bligh in the HMS Bounty in 1788. The first permanent European settlers (1797) were members of the Protestant London Missionary Society, who helped the local Pomare family gain control of the entire island. Tahitian chief Pomare II (1803–24) embraced Christianity in 1815, triumphed over the other Tahitian rulers, and established a “missionary” kingdom with a scriptural code of law. However, the missionaries’ power was challenged during the reigns of Pomare III (1824–27) and Queen Pomare IV (1827–77) by Tahitian rivals and by the effects of disease, prostitution, and alcoholism, as well as the influence of European traders and beachcombers. After Queen Pomare IV deported two French Roman Catholic missionary priests in 1836, the French dispatched a warship in 1842 to demand reparations and to arrange a French protectorate. When Pomare V (Queen Pomare’s son) abdicated in 1880, Tahiti was proclaimed a French colony.
Bora Bora is one of the most beautiful and romantic islands on the planet. Actually it’s not really an island, but an atoll - a formation of small coral islets (or “motus”) that encircle a lagoon. These small islets are separated from each other by channels leading from the ocean into the lagoon. Most of the luxury Bora Bora resorts are located on their own islets away from the outside world, so having all your meals included in the package does make a lot of sense.
The indigenous Tahitians are of Polynesian ancestry comprising 70% of the population alongside Europeans, East Asians (mostly Chinese) and people of mixed heritage sometimes referred to as Demis. They make up the largest population in French Polynesia. Most people from metropolitan France live in Papeete and its suburbs, notably Punaauia where they make up almost 20% of the population.[citation needed]
The ʻōteʻa is one of the few dances which existed in pre-European times as a male dance. On the other hand, the hura (Tahitian vernacular for hula), a dance for women, has disappeared, and the couple's dance 'upa'upa is likewise gone but may have re-emerged as the tamure. Nowadays, the ʻōteʻa can be danced by men (ʻōteʻa tāne), by women (ʻōteʻa vahine), or by both genders (ʻōteʻa ʻāmui = united ʻō.). The dance is with music only, drums, but no singing. The drum can be one of the types of the tōʻere, a laying log of wood with a longitudinal slit, which is struck by one or two sticks. Or it can be the pahu, the ancient Tahitian standing drum covered with a shark skin and struck by the hands or with sticks. The rhythm from the tōʻere is fast, from the pahu it is slower. A smaller drum, the faʻatete, can be used.
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