California Residents Save Big on TAHITI Cruise

Small ship cruise line Windstar Cruises is offering California residents an additional $500 savings to on select Dreams of Tahiti sailings, bookable now until November 17, 2015, The offer (valid through June 2016) can also be combined with an existing nationwide Tahiti Air and Hotel Package, which boasts an additional $500 per person discount, for a total of $1,000 per person savings. The … [Read more...]

BORA BORA’S Ultimate Beach Party

Each December, top athletes and festive travelers gather for a magical mix of watersports, local culture and toes-in-the-sand celebration. Other than ‘sign me up,’ what else can you say about an event that’s equal parts Ironman competition, Polynesian cultural experience and ultimate beach party held on the idyllic South Pacific island of Bora Bora. Held each December on the southern portion … [Read more...]

Introducing wandermelon Journeys: Trips Designed by Travel Writers

Experience the amazing insider itineraries and off-the-charts access enjoyed by pro travel writers (without the annoying deadlines of course). "You have the best job in the world." Oh if we only had a frequent flyer mile for every time the wandermelon team has heard that sentiment expressed to us. As professional travel writers and photographers, it's true we enjoy a pretty enviable … [Read more...]

Aquatic Adventures In Paradise: The Bora Bora Liquid Festival

Escape winter this December and come play in paradise instead at the inaugural Bora Bora Liquid Festival! Bora Bora has long been renowned as the ultimate romantic hideaway. Its soaring green peaks and azure waters seduce lovers who escape here to live out their tropical hideaway fantasies. But what few people recognize is Bora Bora is more than just a romantic retreat – it’s also an … [Read more...]

Tahiti: Adventures in Paradise

No longer just a haven for honeymooners, these idyllic islands also offer endless options for adventure junkies and solo travelers. A light warm breeze brushes my skin as I place my paddle in the crystal clear water with conviction. Determined to follow what lies beneath, I paddle 50 meters or so before I surrender to my poor form. The dark mass below moves quickly. “He’s getting away,” I … [Read more...]

Imagining French Polynesia

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Going Deep In French Polynesia

Bora Bora. Taha'a. Huahine. The names alone evoke images of sugary stretches of sand, palms nodding in gentle breezes and inviting azure seas. When speaking of French Polynesia, an armada of green volcanic islands scattered across an expanse of the Pacific equivalent in size to Europe, the imagination only begins to hint at what awaits. A recent assignment brought me here in search of Polynesian … [Read more...]

Bora Bora: The Ultimate Escape

For those seeking endless clear turquoise water, palm-fringed beaches, and romantic over-water bungalows, it doesn’t get any more idyllic than Bora Bora in French Polynesia. Located halfway between Australia and California, just an eight-hour flight away from Los Angeles, French Polynesia is easier than ever to access with direct flights from major gateways to Tahiti. Tourism may be the largest … [Read more...]