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Tubuai, French Polynesia Cruise Port

Tubuai is part of the Austral Islandsin French Polynesia, located 400 miles off the coast of Tahiti. A spectacular coral reef surrounding the island has steadily created an idyllic ringed lagoon that encircles the lush shorelines of this beach paradise. Its climate is a perfect blend between being dominated by glittering sunshine that defines much of the French Polynesian island, and having a cooler, balmier climate due to its southern position in the range of atolls.

As well as turquoise waters, bright green hills and spotless beaches, the sumptuous landscape of Tubuai is also blessed with two volcanic domes, with the highest peak in the region standing at over 1380 feet. Rows and rows of Toa trees, used by the natives for everything from house building, to crafting traditional war clubs and spears, are abundant across the island, giving it superb natural greenery that extends far and wide across its hills. French Polynesia is revered for being full of scenic ports, and Tubuai is guaranteed to live up you're the highest expectations.

Sightseeing in Tubuai

Mount Taita'a

Reaching the summit of this mountain is a matter of weaving your way through the hiking trails that wind around its slope. While it may take a while to reach the summit proper, the route upwards is as beautiful and picturesque as anything you'll see on the coast. Navigating a maze of volcanic rock faces, remnants of the island's origins 10 to 12 million years ago, is just one of the astounding experiences to be had on your way up. The reward for your efforts is perhaps the finest panoramic view in French Polynesia, taking in the forests and hilly plains that cover the island's interior, the lush crescent of the shoreline and even the huge peak known as Mount Hanareho.  

Motu One

The shoreline of Tubuai is an unbelievable sight, not just because of the superb quality of the sand, which is a magnificent palette of colours from yellow to pink, but the fact that the coast is a near-continuous stretch of beach that encircles the island. With this incredible sight and the crystal waters of the lagoon side by side, it's hard to pick out a single spot which is the best place to soak up some sun on the shoreline. Motu One, however, is a prime contender. A small islet with a stretch of pure white sand which possesses an unreal beauty, Matu One is the perfect spot to escape from the pressures of civilisation and simply enjoy a sunset, swim in the tranquil waters of the lagoon, or take in the vivid green shades of Tubuai's hills.

Replica Fort George

The famous story of the Mutiny on the Bounty has its real-life roots on the island, which was the port of call for the mutineers who deserted their ship in 1789. In the course of their habitation of the island, they constructed Fort George, which was the backdrop to battles between the Englishmen and the native islanders for years. Now, a replica stands 2 miles east of the Main Wharf, giving visitors a glimpse at the history of the famous incidents that have defined the island's role in the world.

Shopping in Tubuai

Although there are no commercial stores on the island itself, there are plenty of craftsmen in the villages around the island who offer truly unique curios such as hand-made fishing equipment, jewellery, and even traditional weapons.

Eating out in Tubuai

For a delicious sampler of seafood from all over the shores of the island make sure to head to Mara'ai Le Spot, which serves up crab, mussel, shrimp, and prawn platters that make for a delectable place to enjoy a light lunch in the glory of the midday sunshine, or a late dinner with a gorgeous view of dusky red and orange shades colouring the stretch of the sands. 

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