Cruisinred: Thank you VERY much. This has always been my concern about French Polynesia. I have tried to contact travel agents who would offer something different. My fear was to be in a "resort" environment. It seemed like a difficult task. Thanks for sharing this article and allowing me to realize there really is a French Polynesia outside of the resorts.
I share your concerns about Tahiti being a spoiled paradise. I would hate to travel half way around the world just to be disappointed. I've read 2 travelogue type books recently that were less than impressed....
I would love to visit, however, as my parents lived in French Polynesia back in the early 1970's (pre me). I loved looking at their pictures of the islands. But I think that in order to get a taste of what they experienced 30+ years ago, I would need to get off the beaten track.
In the middle of the South Pacific Ocean, in the Atoll of Rangiroa, Tahiti, there is a tropical island waiting to be discovered by you. It is a uniquely special place. Unspoiled by tourism, it is one of the few exquisite beauties left, and one that you and your guests can call your very own. Its name is Motu Tetaraire. Manava!
Motu Tetaraire is an island paradise so untouched by civilization that it beckons back to another time; where the marvels of nature still exist granting its few lucky visitors a view of the true wonder of Tahiti. Here is an underwater realm that begins where the most beautiful beaches end. A place surrounded by turquoise waters enveloping you in absolute silence, except for the faint sound of your beating heart.