When you think of Tahiti, you think of white sandy beaches and overwater bungalows, right? Well, let me tell you, you have to go to Bora Bora for that. On the island of Tahiti, where the capital Papeete is located, this is what the beach is like … black. The Radisson Plaza Resort overlooks beautiful Lafayette beach in Matavai Bay and every room has a view. On one glorious afternoon in the hotel spa, I had a body scrub of black sand mixed with papaya oil, before watching the sun go down on the beach. Two boys strummed guitars as I walked in the soft sand. This place has seen a lot of history: British navigator James Cook observed the Transit of Venus here in 1769 (that’s Point Venus at the far end). The Bounty anchored here in 1789, shortly before a certain mutiny when some of the sailors decided they didn’t want to go home. All these years later, it’s still hard to tear yourself away.
Photo & text © Christine Salins
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