Travelmag Banner

Swimming with turtles on the Society Islands

French Polynesia is an overseas part of France and it is a collective of 118 islands. It is in the South Pacific ocean and it is sometimes referred to as the overseas country. It covers a huge territory of over 2000 square kilometers and it is divided into seven different groups of islands. One such group are the Society Islands and it’s a heaven on earth.

The Society Islands

Some of the well known islands in this group are Bora Bora, Tahiti, Moorea and Huahine. Each of them is different but they all have that tropical beauty in common.

Huahine is quite a tourist attraction since it consists of two islands that are connected with a bridge. The eels you can see below you as you walk across the bridge are an astonishing sight. To you they might seem frightening, but to the locals these animals are sacred and a part of their mythology.

Another island of magnificent beauty is Moorea. It is shaped like a heart and thus a perfect place for honeymooners or just people in love. You can lie in the lagoon under the palm trees and the bluest sky. At that moment all the troubles of the world simply disappear.

Tahiti has the largest population of all the islands in the group. It is the seat of Papeete, which is the capital of the collectivity. The main beach in Papeete is Bain Lot and the best thing about it is that it is a public beach. Jump into the ocean right after landing! The beach is also sometimes referred to as the “ins’ and ‘outs’ beach” because waves here tend to break in both directions. You can play golf right next to the shoreline or enjoy many water sport activities. Tahiti is an amazing place, one you have to see with your own eyes to believe it.

Bora Bora

The island of Bora Bora is a paradise on earth. Photos you see of it online are not digitally enhanced. The colors on the island are vivid and powerful even without digital processing.

In the center of the island lie the remnants of an extinct volcano. You can admire it while swimming in the warm water or while relaxing on the porch of your own overwater bungalow.
Bora Bora overwater villas
Swimming with the turtles

The Island of Bora Bora has to offer even more than tropical bliss and incredible atmosphere. Did you ever in your life swim with turtles?! If you haven’t, this might be the perfect opportunity for you to have a life changing experience.

While I was exploring Bora Bora, I became interested in a particular private lagoon. When I first heard the story about the Bora Bora Turtle Centre I immediately got the urge to check the place out. It all started when a guest brought an injured turtle to the Le Meridien hotel. They got the idea to develop a care center for injured turtles. Now, anyone can visit the center and interact with the animals.

Green sea turtles are curious, so it appeared that they were as interested in us as we were in them. When one of them got closer I experienced something very interesting. It is almost an inexplicable feeling of a strong primal connection with an animal. The turtles were friendly but we were told not to pet them. They are delicate animals and our skin is full of toxins that might hurt them. The thing is, you don’t even feel the need to pet them. It is enough just to be in their presence.

Come and see it for yourself because words will always fail to describe the wonders of French Polynesia. The islands are calling you to swim with the turtles in the South Pacific!
Bora Bora looking beautiful

   [Top of Page]  
 Latest Headlines
Asia Pacific