Renewing Your Vows in Tahiti

The Basics

Tahiti and the islands of French Polynesia, especially Moorea and Bora Bora, are places dreams are made of. Warm turquoise seas meet an infinite blue horizon and couples can frolic on beaches as soft as flour and tiny, uninhabited islands (motus). Here two very different cultures, French and Polynesian, beautifully mix. Although standard hotel rooms and suites are available, most couples opt to stay in an overwater bungalow with a staircase that leads right into the water.


With a setting this glorious, most vow renewal ceremonies take place outdoors and involve traditions such as being baptized with Tahitian names, exchanging floral leis, and being entertained by a dancer and musicians. Afterwards, dine under a starlit tropical sky. It’s a long way to go for a vow renewal, but if you think of it as more of a celebration for just the two of you (or with a small number of guests) plus a second honeymoon, this could be the destination that surpasses all others.

 

Pros

  • Exquisite scenery
  • Lagoons perfect for swimming, snorkeling, scuba diving
  • Warm and friendly people

Cons

  • Requires a long flight to reach. Papeete, the capital, is about 4,000 miles from Los Angeles 
  • Accommodations and food are expensive
  • It's likely fewer guests will attend, due to cost and time limitations

5 Places We Love

The Brando: Ceremonies begin with a private lagoon tour and motu picnic and conclude with the couple in floral crowns entertained by live performers and feted with cake and Champagne. 

  

InterContinental Moorea Resort and Spa: Choose from gardens or the beach overlooking the lagoon for a sunset ceremony. The hotel decorates with flowers and torches, and provides an emcee and choir as a musical backdrop.


Four Seasons Bora Bora – Say words of love on a coral beach, a motu, aboard a catamaran, on a snorkeling expedition, or in a wedding chapel. The resort offers a choice of three packages and can provide white pareos for the couple to wear.


Le Meridian Bora Bora: A Marriott hotel, Le Meridian offers a personalized link to make it easy for your guests to reserve rooms. Its glass-floor, overwater chapel has stained glass windows.

  

Paul Gauguin Cruises: Celebrate your vow renewal while sailing the waters of French Polynesia. Gauguin Cruises can help with a Polynesian blessing ceremony and reception onboard.