How to Choose Between Tahiti or Fiji

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How to Choose Between Tahiti or Fiji?

Fiji is located 2100 miles west of Tahiti

There are significant differences between Tahiti and Fiji (see below)

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The Basic Differences between Tahiti and Fiji:


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Tahiti: Tahiti is comprised of 118 islands spread over five great archipelagos, however, there are only a handful of islands that actually can receive tourists.

The main ones are the Island of Tahiti, Moorea, Le Tahaa, Rangiroa, Huahine, Manihi, and Bora Bora.

Bora Bora is the most famous of these islands.

Tahiti is full of majestic mountain peaks, turquoise waters, and white-sand beaches.

The official language in Tahiti is French.

  Tahiti, Bora Bora, Moorea and a series of islands extending along basically a line.

Tahiti has over 20 resorts that offer overwater bungalows – Fiji has less than 5.


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Fiji is located in the western South Pacific Ocean.

2100 miles west of Tahiti

English is spoken throughout Fiji.

  Fiji consists of 2 large islands (Viti Levu and Vanua Levu) surrounded by many small islands

Fiji is made up of more than 330 islands and is nearby Vanuatu and New Caledonia to the west

Samoa and Tonga to the east and New Zealand to the south.

Fiji is known for the friendliness of its people..

Although Fiji is very beautiful, Tahiti is more spectacular, especially the island of Bora Bora.

Bora Bora



Bora Bora is probably the most famous of the Tahiti Islands.

The island lies just northwest of Tahiti, less than an hour away by plane from Papeete.

Bora Bora is a romantic destination filled with overwater bungalows.

  Bora Bora is part of the Leeward Islands of French Polynesia, in the Pacific Ocean.

Visitors come for its tropical climate and stay in resorts and over-water bungalows.

Many visit Bora Bora to get away from the hustle and bustle of modern life.

Bora Bora is a romantic destination for honeymoons, weddings, and for those who just want to escape to a tropical paradise.

There’s one airport, Bora Bora Airport.

There is no public transport, so visitors get around by small boat, rental car, bicycle or small, two-seater buggies.

You can get around the main island in three hours.

You will enjoy snorkeling, diving, canoeing, and cruises.


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Moorea Island is just northwest of the island of Tahiti.

  Surrounded by a bright blue lagoon, Moorea is an island formed by volcanoes.

Moorea has great snorkeling, hiking, and amazing sunsets.

You can get here by ferry or plane from Papeete, Tahiti.

  Moorea is a favorite destination for couples, families, and locals.

Getting There:

To get to either place, you will have to fly out of Los Angeles.

Tahiti is an 8-hour nonstop flight from Los Angeles.  Tahiti is halfway between California and Australia.

Fiji is about a 10 1/2 hour flight from Los Angeles.

Fiji is a 4-hour flight from Sydney and 2 hours from New Zealand.

Many travelers stop in Fiji on their way to or from Australia or New Zealand.

There are no direct flights between Tahiti and Fiji as of the writing.


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Are Fiji and Tahiti equally beautiful? 

You’ll find stellar white sand beaches in both Fiji and Tahiti.

Both have mountain ranges, valleys, and lush green landscapes.

Both are absolutely stunning!


Fiji Resort Style: Private Islands and Romantic All-Inclusive Hideaways 

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 Photo courtesy of Fiji Coral Coast Goway

In Fiji, there are very few big chain hotels.

Most of Fiji’s resorts are all bungalow (“Bures”) style hideaways geared for couples and romance.

Many Fijian island hideaways are on their “own” island and consist of anywhere from one to 50 or so bures.

Each bure is free-standing and beachfront, some are set back from the beach and even some yet maybe “treehouse” bures.

The private island Fiji hideaways are usually owned by individuals from Australia or the US.

Many of the Fiji island resorts offer meal plans and many activities for their guests,

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Tahiti Resort Style: Large Chain Hotels offer bungalow accommodations


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Tahiti is more similar to Hawaii. Larger chain hotels such as Sheraton, Sofitel, Intercontinental, and Four Seasons dominate this island paradise. The rooms however are very different than Hawaiian resorts. The rooms in Tahiti are mostly bungalows. Freestanding garden, beach, and overwater bungalows. All resorts have restaurants, pool areas, spas, and concierge.

Overall Feel at a Fiji Resort Hideaway: You will feel very private, while surrounded by unspoiled paradise. The Fijian staffs are friendly, warm, and very interactive with the guests. Often, the staff members (depending on the resort) check on guests often making sure all of their needs are met. Fijians are the friendliest people and you’ll learn the word “Bula” very quickly (it means hello in Fijian)

Overall Feel at a Tahiti Resort: Guests will enjoy the feel of a full-service resort complete with workout rooms, internet rooms, variety of restaurants and bars. Most hotels in Tahiti have a concierge to help guests make restaurant reservations, set up snorkel trips, and more. Guests need to create their own itinerary in Tahiti. The staff operates more like that of a Hawaiian or Caribbean Hotel.

Things you CAN do on a Fiji Honeymoon that you cannot do in Tahiti:

  • Private Picnics: You can be dropped off on your own remote beach for the day with a gourmet lunch and no interruptions- either for little or no charge, depending on what island you stay on in Fiji.
  • Private Dinner on the beach, under the stars for no extra charge.
  • Visit an authentic Fijian village and learn about the culture, meet the people
  • Buy authentic handicrafts – dirt cheap. It’s shop till you drop there with the US dollar being so strong in Fiji.
  • Drink KAVA- every night in Fiji no matter where you are staying you can participate in a traditional Fijian cultural ritual of Kava drinking.
  • Dive the Somosomo Straits. Fiji is the soft coral capital of the world; it is a world-class diving destination.
  • GET MARRIED LEGALLY- You can get married legally in Fiji with no waiting period. Fiji weddings are recognized in the USA as legal weddings.

Fiji is a great choice for those seeking:

  • A high level of seclusion and privacy-many of the resorts only allow 5-20 couples at a time, this makes a Fiji honeymoon one of the most private types of honeymoons out there.
  • Connections with the local culture – visiting a Fijian village is one of the highlights of a Fiji Honeymoon vacation.
  • World-class diving- Most Fiji resorts have PADI instruction and a myriad of dive sites within minutes of the island.
  • A great value honeymoon for the dollar (the best in the South Pacific)- a Fiji honeymoon is a lot more cost-effective than a Tahiti Honeymoon because of the strength of the US Dollar in Fiji.
  • A legally recognized wedding- You can get married on the beach in Fiji and it’s completely legal. There are no blood tests to take, and very little paperwork to do beforehand. Most resorts take care of all of the paperwork on the day of arrival. You can get married the next day in Fiji.
  • Pampering by hotel staff – The staff-to-guest ratio at Fiji resorts is much higher than that of Tahitian resorts. The result- staff who know you by your first name within the first couple of days of your visit. The staff is attentive to your needs much more so than that of a big chain resort.
  • Exotic spa services and treatments – at a reasonable rate. Spa services in Fiji are less than 1/2 the price of Tahiti or Hawaii.

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Tahiti is a great choice for:

  • See Bora Bora…and much more – For most tourists, a stay on Bora Bora is essential, The “Pearl of the Pacific”.
  • Make a short excursion to Moorea, Tahiti’s sister island – Moorea, 17 km from Papeete, is reachable by fast ferry in only 40 minutes. It is the most sparsely populated island (just 18,000 people) and things there are still unspoiled.
  • Dive into a natural aquarium – Divers the world over recognize Tahiti and the islands for their diving sites and passes with more fish than anywhere else in the world.
  • Spend a night in an overwater bungalow – They represent the ultimate level of indulgence: luxury in paradise. Let yourself be rocked to sleep by the water lapping against the stilts, watch fish dance through the glass pane in the floor, dive off your terrace into a natural aquarium, and soak in the tropical essence.
  • See a performance of Polynesian dance – Forbidden by missionaries, dancing is, even more, an integral part of Polynesian culture today. Girls and boys begin dancing as soon as they can walk. The annual Heivai Tahiti festivals in July, organized in Tahiti and on most islands, is a chance to see a performance by the most famed professional dance troupes and schools. Major hotels regularly organize Polynesian evenings with song and dance during happy hour or themed buffet dinners.

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