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Change Your Life by Changing Your Scenery; Finding Women Empowerment in Tahiti with A Classic Tours Collection

April 18, 2019

REDONDO BEACH, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Apr 18, 2019--Like author James A. Michener, many travelers speak of Tahiti as their most loved destination in the world. Rightly so, since the flights are affordable and the flying time is approximately 8 hours, depending on the departure city. People return home and have a dreamy look in their eyes when they speak of Bora Bora, a true paradise on earth. Tahiti is where one can relax, kitesurf, see dolphins, dive with sting rays—or even write a book, like former President Barack Obama.

Tahiti offers so much, and the long, rich history of Tahitian women is of particular interest because it offers a lens into the culture and offers inspiration for women empowerment everywhere. As early as 500 BC, the island was inhabited by migrating Polynesians. It was in the 16 th century that Tahiti was discovered by the European explorers and ultimately colonized by France. Today, Tahiti is referred to as French Polynesia and is an independent overseas country of the French Republic.

Debika Sen of A Classic Tours Collection is bringing a focus to Tahiti’s fascinating history and how it’s paved the way for women empowerment. “An interesting fact,” says Debika, “during pre-Christian Tahiti, the highest titles in the Society Islands were not assumed by right of patrillineal descent. Women were equal if not superior to men. Rank from a titular succession was inherited from the mother. However, daughters whose fathers were great warriors (hua or toa in Polynesian) would inherit the title since their mothers were low ranking, but sons were not given this privilege.”

Debika continues, “Another interesting historical fact, missionary John Thomas documented that in Tonga, it was impolite for a boy to ask his mother who his father was. Women’s status changed after the colonization and the advent of the missionaries. They became daughters, wives and mothers. Labor division was created, and a Western social way of life took hold where women had their place in society and men were the breadwinners and head of families. Thus, men became superior due to their ability to earn, giving them far great equality over women.”

Debika will host an intimate group of women for a Tahitian tour that offers guests the luxuries of travel meshed with Tahiti’s rich culture, passed down by their ancestors, including:

  • Celebrating Tahiti’s customs through artwork, song and dance, including the melodious sounds of instruments like the pu or conch shell, vivo or nose flute and the ukulele.
  • Exploring the true Tahitian attitude toward life, “aita pea pea” (not to worry).
  • Taking part in hands-on experiences like weaving, woodcarving and even tattooing (for those interested!) and learning how it all ties into Tahiti’s heritage and mythology, which unfolds as a beautiful story to the island’s love and spiritual connection with nature.
  • Experiencing Tahitian cuisine, abundant in fresh seafood, fruits and vegetables, with international chefs displaying their skills in their artistry to produce tantalizing meals each day. Tahitian food is typically a fusion of French and Polynesian influence and the flavors are infused with locally grown ingredients.
  • Finding adventure snorkeling and scuba diving with a rich variety of fish, shellfish, crustaceans, sea turtles, tuna, snapper, parrotfish, angelfish, clown fish, butterfly fish, triggerfish, manta rays, moray eels and reef sharks.
  • Horticultural enthusiasts will find themselves in paradise as they walk through the forest, filled with a variety of plants, flowers and bird life. Exotic plants and flowers flourish in the rich tropical soil surrounding French Polynesia. Varieties include bird of paradise, hibiscus, red and pink ginger, orchids and roses. Floral adornment is anchored in Polynesian culture; thus flowers are often worn or gifted in the form of decorative leis and heis (crowns). The plants are so majestic and beautiful, one will feel the need to touch and smell them to ensure they are real.

The Women Empowerment Tour to Tahiti celebrates its people, many who have migrated from various parts of the world and today live peacefully, sharing their personal stories where everyone is responsible for the other person’s wellbeing and safety. Debika takes her guests through this tiny island, offering, but for a moment, the opportunity to be a part of a very unique, cultural community. Travel to Tahiti in exploration of Women Empowerment is an opportunity to learn the unique history of their women and the unique art form of how they love, play and protect their community, creating a strong bond across many cultures.

Visit A Classic Tours Collection to learn more.

About A Classic Tours Collection

A Classic Tours Collection specializes in unique travel tours to India and Africa, The South Pacific, South America, Greece, Turkey, Russia and many other exotic destinations worldwide.

Debika Sen, the Founder and President of A Classic Tours Collection designs unforgettable journeys to the most memorable places on the planet - all tours feature small groups of participants guided by experienced guides who provide unforgettable experiences and old-fashioned personalized service.

A Classic Tours Collection celebrates the transformative power of travel and prides themselves on listening carefully to their customers’ desires and creating dream tours to surpass expectation, providing travelers with life-changing experiences.

For more information and other available tours, please visit www.aclassictour.com.

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