Tahiti Elopement Photographer
Ia Orana, I’m Lucy – Tahiti Elopement Photographer and location finder! I help couples like you find the perfect place to elope, this time in Tahiti! Tahiti is the largest island in French Polynesia, located in the central South Pacific ocean. This has forever been a great honeymoon destination, so it follows that Tahiti makes a wonderful elopement location too! Read on to learn more about the great places you can elope in Tahiti and the rest of French Polynesia.
Information about Tahiti
Tahiti is the primary island with the largest population in French Polynesia, which is a territory of France. You’ll land in the Fa’a’a Airport in the capital city of Papa’ete. The locals here speak French, English and Tahitian, and everyone is very accommodating and kind. The islands are clean and getting around them is fairly easy. You can take ferries from Tahiti to the other island destinations like Bora Bora or Moorea – there are over 150 more islands in the five archipelagos that make up French Polynesia. Tahiti and Moorea are volcanic islands, with verdant high mountain peaks in the centers and the towns around the coast.
When to Elope in Tahiti?
Tahiti’s climate is perfect year round. Every day you can expect highs from the high 70s to high 80s. The rainy season is November to March, with increased humidity and rainstorms. December and January are the rainiest months with 10 days of rain per month. But tropical storms pass quickly and most days are very beautiful. The Dry season, from April to October, is drier but still warm and idyllic. Weekdays are just as popular as weekends here because it is a vacation destination. So there isn’t much advantage to planning your elopement on a weekday. However, if possible you should check to see when the Cruise ships are docking, since the excursions book up solid on those days.
How to Elope in Tahiti
Eloping in French Polynesia and the islands of Tahiti, Moorea, and Bora Bora is easy! If you know how to plan a vacation, you’re already most of the way there. Hiring a florist, hair and makeup team is optional. Follow these steps to plan an unforgettable elopement in Tahiti.
- Choose your dates and book your flights. Get freaking pumped!!
- Book a Tahiti elopement photographer who can guide you throughout the process
- Nail down an island, ceremony site and timeline with your photographer. Book accommodation.
- Book any additional vendors needed and get your garments.
- Fly to Tahiti and elope!!
Getting Legally Married in French Polynesia
While it is possible to get legally married while in Tahiti, I don’t recommend it. Lots of paperwork, letters from lawyers, and a mandate that you must marry in front of the mayor really cramp the style of an adventure elopement here. You should consider marrying legally in your home country after you return from Tahiti. Your commitment ceremony in Tahiti will still be amazing, as you can share hand-written vows and enjoy a day full of all the things you love doing together.
Where to Elope in Moorea, French Polynesia
Moorea is an island just a short ferry ride from Tahiti’s airport. Many visitors choose to skip visiting Tahiti and go straight to Moorea. While tourist accommodations and excursions are a bit more pricey here, the remoteness and pristine beaches make up for it. Sunsets on every beach are incredible. Hikes to Trois Pinus peak, Putoa and Afareaitu waterfalls are perfect for the outdoorsy couple.
Where to elope in Tahiti
The beach is an obvious choice and almost every single beach in Tahiti would be an incredible elopement location. Look for beaches from Puna’auia to Papao for the best sunset views. When you elope just the two of you, your options really open up for a spontaneous elopement in a place that feels just right. The mountain interior of Tahiti reminds me of Kauai, with mountain ridges and high peaks surrounding you. The jungles are so lush – it’s like a extreme version of green that has no description, you just have to see it for yourself.
What to do during your elopement in Tahiti
This is where Tahiti comes alive! There are incredible adventures just waiting for you here in Tahiti. My #1 recommendation is to take a jeep tour of the center of the island. A local native Tahitian guide will take you past waterfalls into the jungle heart of the volcano and teach you the stories, native medicine and history of the island while serving you food and fruit grown in their own backyard. I recommend Teuai at Ia Orana Tours. There are also surfing lessons, hikes, lava tubing adventures, whale watches, kayaking, jetskis, and paddleboarding.
Sample Tahiti Elopement timeline
Use this timeline as a starting point or an idea guide as to what your elopement in Tahiti could be like. To request a custom timeline for Tahiti or any of the other islands, shoot me an email at lucy @ lucyschultzphotography.com.
8:00 Traditional Tahitian Breakfast at your villa
9:30 Get ready together in your elopement day clothes
10:00 Hop aboard a jeep tour of the island’s interior
12:00 Swim in the pure waters of an inland river and eat local food and fruit for lunch
2:00 Say your vows in the shade at a thundering waterfall
3:00 Go Lava tubing, jetskiing, surfing, kayaking or coffee tasting
5:30 Fresh seafood Dinner at your overwater bungalow or Polynesian street food
8:00 Watch the sunset from the beach
Bora Bora Elopement Locations
Bora Bora and Moorea in French Polynesia are well known snorkeling Scuba diving destinations. If you’re scuba certified, Bora Bora could be the BEST elopement location in the world for you! Shark diving, reef diving, night diving, underwater volcanic vents, and more draw big numbers of divers to the islands. If you really want to make my day, plan an underwater elopement while Diving in Bora Bora!! Imagine saying your vows on slates doing what you love most together!
How much does it cost to elope in Tahiti?
So you want a budget breakdown? Of course this totally depends on your preferences for roughing it or all out splurging. Tahiti is more affordable than Hawaii, and the biggest chunk of your cost is going to be your flights to Tahiti and your accommodation. The rest of the costs can vary greatly! You won’t need to hire an officiant and you only need a rental car if you’d rather drive yourself on one of the days of your vacation.
$900 to $1600 Flights to Tahiti
$500 to $5,000 Elopement suits, dresses and other accessories
$800 to $3500 Accommodation
$150 Optional car rental
$500 to $1500 Optional adventure excursions
$7000 to $10,000 Tahiti elopement photographer with local knowledge
=$10,000 to $22,000 USD
Tahiti Elopement Photography Packages
I offer both Tahiti elopement photography packages or All inclusive elopements for a one stop shop option. There are no travel fees, download fees, watermarks or other hidden fees. These prices are for 2024.
2 Day elopements in Tahiti – $9900
1.5 Days of Tahiti elopement photography – $7900
1 Full day Tahiti adventure elopement photography – $6900
What to pack for French Polynesia?
There is one very important thing you’ll need when traveling or eloping in Tahiti and all of French Polynesia: A power adapter! Aside from that, warm summery clothing and cotton fabrics will keep you comfortable. Reef-safe sunscreen, a strong sun-blocking hat, and practical shoes will help you enjoy the incredible scenery. You’ll want to live in your swimwear and a chic beach cover up could never hurt! Check out my what to wear guide for your elopement too.
Where to Stay in French Polynesia?
Airbnbs are moderately affordable in Tahiti, Moorea and Bora Bora. Here is my list of Airbnbs on the islands that would be epic! Hotel costs are rather high, and you won’t find the treehouses and traditional wooden huts at a hotel. But the absolute best option for where to stay while you’re here is in an overwater bungalow. While these huts come with the highest price tag, if you can save up those travel and hotel points to make this happen, I would! The overwater bungalows are simply to die for, and will set the whole tone for making your elopement in Tahiti extra special.
Ready to elope in Tahiti?
I offer full day, 1.5 day and 2 day Tahiti elopement photography. See my pricing and package details here. I would love to chat with you and help see if an elopement with me is what you’ve been dreaming of. Get in touch below!
About Lucy – Tahiti Elopement Photographer
I’m a nomadic and colorful Tahiti elopement photographer with an obsession for mountains, diving, and waterfalls. My photography style emphasizes the epic landscape of your dreams and the authentic moments that make you two.. well, you two! I love my job and my nature-loving clients. Tahiti is one of my very favorite islands in the world. Maybe I’ll see you there!