You know how everyone goes on about the beauty of the Tahitian islands? Well, the fact is, it’s true – at least in this humble photographer’s opinion.

Only the weather (or blindness) could prevent you from seeing it. The sensuality of the Tahitian people, the incredible colour of the water and the luxury of those overwater bungalows that define the destination, left me thinking this really is as good as it gets for an island holiday (….though, you’re right, it aint cheap).

I’ve just returned from a 10 day assignment of French Polynesia, shooting for its tourism authority. We started on the main island of Tahiti, before heading off to Moorea Island for a couple of days, then finishing up on Taha’a Resort near Bora Bora.

As you can see (below) it was a productive shoot (well done Marie), with the conditions lending themselves more to capturing scenery on the large format camera (a departure from my usual fare of people and culture, he adds).

While four nights in the overwater bungalows on Taha’a was undoubtedly a highlight, spending three hours in the water swimming with the stingrays at Moorea was an exceptional experience highly recommended to anyone looking to cross Tahiti off their bucket list.

Next Stop: Saudi Arabia (how’s that for contrast).