The Southern Hemisphere

Tahiti, Reunion Island and New Caledonia: three very different islands who still manage to hit a French note in their corners of the world with a view on paradise

As part of our Overseas Territories Club chronicles, this week we will focus on introducing three new destinations:

Tahiti – Famous as a honeymoon destination, this island also offers waters perfect for scuba diving, surfing and even the famous Tahiti Pearl Regatta. Events such as the Heiva i Tahiti festival will allow you to immerse yourself in the traditional Polynesian culture through arts and sports. For the brave, why not take a closer look at Polynesian tattooing during its annual festival?

Reunion Island – Visit both extinct volcano Piton des Neiges and active volcano Piton de la Fournaise or hike through a rainforest on the UNESCO listed world heritage site “Pitons, Cirques and Remparts”. Ecotourists will rejoice in the ‘Baobab and Palmier’ eco-lodge, and culture vultures can head to former sugar plantations and estates or even famous pirate landmarks.. Arrr tharr she blows!

New Caledonia – Perfect for island hopping, the ‘satellite islands’, along with the main island, offer 6 UNESCO-listed sites to its tourists. The main islands is a bush island and on it sit various ranches for the cowboys at heart. There is also a New Caledonia Great Lagoon Regatta, water sport and snorkeling spots and even water gypsies to welcome you onto their yacht for a true New Caledonian guesthouse experience!

These islands and other Overseas Territories Club representatives will be present at our 12 June event. For more information and an inside view on the preparations for this tropical encounter, please follow our weekly chronicles on our blog. Next week, we’ll discuss different themes and topics starting off with honeymoons and eco-tourism so come back and see us!

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