airlines do you recommend?
My opinion on this is let your departure date and time determine
the carrier you will use. Most people have a set vacation
schedule and are not real flexible on their departure and return
dates. Therefore you go with the airline that operates on the days
you want to travel. By the way, you should not mix carriers...meaning
go over on one airline and come back on another - it's cost prohibitive.
The carriers that depart from the west coast (LAX) of the United
States are: Air France and Air Tahiti Nui. Air Tahiti Nui, the official airline of
Tahiti, begins your vacation the moment you step aboard. The in-flight
service and ambiance is true Polynesian. And speaking again
of a package, lower airfare is the biggest reason why
you want to go with a package. Massive buying power means incredible
savings, which is passed on to you.
islands should I go to?
my opinion you can't go wrong here! However, each has its own charm
and beauty. Each has its own look and feel. Each offers its own
unique travel experience. But just as travelers are different so
are their interests. What islands spark your interest is a very
personal choice but I can tell you Moorea is the most popular. I
think this is due to its proximity and easy access to the main island
of Tahiti (a 30 minute boat ride or a 10 minute flight). Moorea
hotels can be a little cheaper too. The second most popular island
is famed Bora Bora with its magnificent lagoons and upscale hotels.
But then there are the atolls with their nearly deserted beaches
and spectacular underwater scenery. I highly recommend you take
a good look at the islands section for detailed information on all
the islands of French Polynesia. The order you visit the islands
is important. You will want to take advantage of Air Tahiti's special
island hopping fares by following a specific routing. Air Tahiti
offers several different air passes which can be just another component
to a package that will save you money. By the way, the islands
section also profiles the various excursions available on each island
- you know, the fun stuff!
hotels should I stay at?
hotels you select are so important to the overall success of your
trip. I can't stress this enough. Your hotel is likely to be the
center of your activities - you'll want it to be a good one - the
right one. Hotels in Tahiti can range from a large 200-room resort
to a small intimate hotel with a few Polynesian bungalows. We try
to paint a very clear picture of the wide range of hotels so that
you can make an informed choice. Prepared for you are detailed descriptions
of each hotel. I have visited each and every hotel featured on our
site. I have either stayed at the hotel or done a thorough inspection.
The hotels have been rated based on quality of their facilities
and services. You will find our "starfish" hotel rating system -
5 starfish being best. I encourage you to take a close look at the
hotel section. Hotels are a key element to a travel package.
Tahiti hotels extend to us highly discounted room rates to tour
operators. In selecting a package you benefit from these special
prices and as an added feature, room taxes are included.
do I get around?
How do I get from the airport to the hotels and back to the airport?
There are always taxis and limousines waiting at the airport but
this can get pricey. "Le Truck" is the famous non-rapid transportation
system of Tahiti. This brightly painted jitney is actually a flatbed
truck outfitted with an open- air cabin and wooden seats. It is
an entertaining and inexpensive way to get around and see the sights.
However, I do not recommend using these to get back and forth to
hotels and the airport dragging along all your luggage. When
you plan your trip using a tour package we always includes the necessary
ground transfers. This means included in the price of your package
will be all the transfers necessary for you to get from the airport
to the hotel and back to the airport. They also include transfers
that are necessary to get you to an excursion, a sightseeing tour
or a special lunch or dinner that has been included in the itinerary.
This is a definite money-saving benefit not to mention the convenience.
Your baggage handling is taken care of. You get door-to-door service
every step along the way. People tell me "It's wonderful having
someone meet us when we get off the plane".
work hard to earn your vacation.
Don't work hard to plan it.
DONE THE BARGAIN HUNTING FOR YOU!
Now that you know a travel package is the way to go, you want to
know where to find thesepackages.
I have taken the time to review and critique all the itineraries
of the top Tahiti wholesale companies. I have extracted the best
of the best, featuring only the ones that offer the greatest value.
This is a big time-saver for you. You won't need to pour
over all the travel brochures with a calculator...I've done it for
you. You will find these selected programs categorized in 3 sections
on the site: Packages, Honeymoons and Specials. There's a
huge selection offering you plenty of choices. No one else has
put together anything like this! You will find an extensive
variety of island and hotel combinations to fit a wide range of
budgets and schedules. So explore, have some fun...dream.
Once you have made a selection let our Tahiti experts handle your
reservations. We are your one source for providing expert
knowledge and superior service in planning your Tahiti adventure.
And, best of all our service is FREE! Honest, it doesn't
cost you a cent. A travel agent is paid a commission from the supplier
(hotels, airlines, tour operators, etc.) for selling the product.
You get all this great information and top notch, quality service
at no additional charge to you. You pay only for the selected
trip itself. Our complete Tahiti vacation consulting and reservation
service is absolutely free.
you customize a package for me?
Absolutely! This is our specialty. We know and love Tahiti, and
we take great pride in making your vacation just what you want it
to be. And with a custom designed itinerary you continue to benefit
from the same money-saving components that make up any other travel
package...airlines, hotels, meeting service and ground transfers.
TO THE EXPERTS FOR ADVICE
Many of us will hire a realtor to buy a house, an accountant to
do our taxes, a lawyer to represent us in court yet, we will spend
$2,000, $5000 even $10,000 on a trip without researching the person
who is going to book it for us. It doesn't make sense to seek expert
advise from a general travel agent who maybe books 1 or 2 trips
to Tahiti a year and who quite possibly has never even been to Tahiti.
Doesn't it make more sense to work with a travel agent that is a
specialist in your destination? Let me tell you a little bit about
myself. I began my travel career some 25 years ago. I founded the
retail travel agency, eTravelbound not only to introduce travelers
to the beauty, culture and romance of Tahiti but to also get you
the best value for your money. Get the expert's advice! All travel agents with eTravelBound
have been awarded by the Tahiti Tourism Office the "Tahiti Tiare
Certificate" in recognition for having achieved expert status
on Tahiti and her Islands. Tahiti has always attracted a different
kind of traveler...the artist, the adventurer, the writer, the poet...
our experience makes us different. And remember, the South
Pacific is all we do.
SECRET THE PROS DON'T WANT YOU TO KNOW
eTravelbound is able to offer you the best travel packages as we
work in concert with many Tahiti tour companies. However we are
not affiliated with them. We have no alliances. We will give you
advice as to which company offers the best value for your particular
itinerary but the ultimate choice is yours. The reason I mention
this is, many travel agencies will try to "steer" you to use their
"preferred travel provider". Many times this has the agencies best
interest in mind, not yours! Why? The agency has made an
arrangement with the provider to get paid higher commissions if
they use the provider company exclusively. We have no such agreements.
Having said that, we invite you to compare our prices.
WOULD LIKE TO TALK TO YOU
We know for many people a trip to Tahiti is a major investment.
For many it's the trip of a lifetime. I have only touched on some
of the many aspects of Tahiti travel. There is so much more. You
need this kind of straight up information. So take some time to
wonder around our site. If you truly want to put money back into
your pocket, then the information and service I'm offering to you
is absolutely essential. The world is changing rapidly. So is the
way people are making their travel plans. Making a reservation to
Tahiti is not a matter of simply booking an airline reservation.
You need to book an experience. We would like to talk to you. We
would like to know your interests, your needs and your expectations.
Contact us today and we'll begin creating the Tahiti adventure of
Request a quote
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work hard for your vacation...so you deserve the best. I look
forward to hearing from you.
Kolander - your personal Tahiti travel consultant
P.S. Keep in mind, what makes the appeal and uniqueness of Tahiti
are the small hotels and not a lot of airlines bringing in hoards
of tourists. The downside to this is they fill up and sell out
very early on. To insure you get your first choice book soon.
If you don't, you run the risk of settling for your 2nd or 3rd
choice on hotels, dates and airlines. People often ask: How
early should I make my reservation? Once you have made a decision,
make your reservations straight away.
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