Tahiti is the most idyllic setting for a romantic getaway, and the same is true for same-sex couples. Tahitians are eager to share their heritage, culture and the beauty of their islands without discrimination. From pre-colonial Polynesia, Tahitians have regarded the “mahu” as a divine being. They possess all the qualities of both male and female genders. Now “mahu” is more commonly known as “rae rae” which is a term used to describe transvestites. Within the islands, you will see Tahitians demonstrate their respect and unconditional acceptance of rae rae’s. You will come across many in the service industry jobs, namely in hotels, restaurants, airlines and in dance performances.
Tahitians are among one of the gentlest and kindest people in the world. Overall they are very open, warm and welcoming to everyone. That is among some of the reasons why Tahiti has become a popular destination for the LGBT Travellers.
Even though there are no gay-owned or operated resorts in Tahiti, all the hotels without exception are gay-friendly. Some hotels go out of their way to invite and welcome lesbian and gay travellers. As a gay traveller myself I frequent all the islands and resorts on a regular basis. I have never have faced any kind of discrimination – only warm welcomes, big smiles and great laughs.
Gay popular resorts in the idyllic island of Bora Bora are the Conrad Bora Bora Nui, Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora and St Regis Bora Bora. Le Taha’a by Pearl Resorts in the island of Taha’a has become increasingly popular with gay men, as well as Le Tikehau in the remote atoll of Tikehau.
If you prefer to cruise the islands I highly recommend we talk about sailing with Paul Gauguin Cruises. They are an award winning, all inclusive cruise line that specialize in French Polynesia. Or if you are looking for a gay party scene periodically a fully gay chartered cruise ships glides through the islands.
When couples think of weddings and honeymoons, the picturesque, thatched roof, over-water bungalows of Tahiti come to mind. French Law is in effect in Tahiti so same-sex marriage became legal in May 2013. For all US and Canadian couples to marry in Tahiti, a marriage application must be completed along with copies of passports, certified birth certificates and single-status form. However before making any arrangements always consult me, your Tahiti Expert, regarding all the regulations as they may change.
When it comes to planning a gay or lesbian wedding I have the connections locally to create a simple ceremony for two or an extravagant private affair booking out your own private island for the group. We can work together to create and build your dream wedding no matter how big or small.
Other than soaking up the crystal clear lagoons of the islands, there is an enormous array of daytime activities available in Tahiti. Enjoy watersports, diving, hiking, day tours and more as presented on our website. For more information click here.
For those looking for nightlife, Papeete is the capital in French Polynesia and the place you may find some action. Nightlife is quiet across Tahiti, including Papeete. However, several venues in Papeete are open throughout the week and tend to attract the gay crowd – Le Piano Bar near center of town as well as Mana Rock Café are popular with the local gay community.
As a gay travel consultant specializing in Tahiti, I would be more than happy to help you plan your vacation to these incredible islands.