Have you ever seen "The Bounty?" It's a 1984 Mel Gibson film (pre-crazy Mel) about British sailors in the 17th century who are ordered to bring breadfruit from Tahiti to Jamaica. A brief synopsis of the film...The captain ends up being crazy and the sailors (Mel Gibson) decide they want to just stay and hang out in Tahiti instead. That got me thinking about Tahiti ...I've never been, but just like the sailors, i'm sure I would never want to leave.
I've always thought Tahiti as stunning water, white sand beaches, and flat. But interestingly enough, Lonely Planet describes Tahiti like this;
"This probably isn’t the island whose photograph was on your holiday
brochure. No, there aren’t any sweeping white beaches and vistas over a neon blue lagoon are few and far between. Yet this is the heart of French Polynesia and it would be a shame to bypass the waterfall-laden, shadowy mountains, unpretentiously beautiful black-sand beaches and distinctly Polynesian buzz that make Tahiti a gem in its own right. "
Despite my mistaking Tahiti for Mo'orea or Bora Bora, I still want to visit. It sounds stunning, even despite the lack of white sand beaches.
Have you been to Tahiti? What was your favorite part?