California-based Turrini has specialized in this bright spot of the world for 25 years, arranging snorkeling with sharks in Bora-Bora, street-food tastings with a Moorea-born chef, and securing the best overwater bungalows. Villa upgrades, romantic privacy, and staying longer in a single destination are all trends Turrini has witnessed over the past year. "Changes like these add more appreciation for the experience of travel and the memories that it brings," she says.
Turrini also takes care to emphasize responsibility and sustainability in her itineraries.Each Tahiti-bound client she works with, for example, "adopts" coral through the conservation group Coral Guardians — one of her favorite discoveries in recent years — to help rebuild damaged reefs and maintain local biodiversity.
ADDITIONAL SPECIALTIES: The Cook Islands, Fiji, Italy
Languages Spoken: English and Italian
Minimum Daily Spend: From $500 per day
Trip Planning Fees: Varies
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"I cannot imagine a better person than Christina Turrini to introduce us to Tahiti and the Society Islands. What an amazing resource she is! From the moment we stepped on the boat — the Paul Gauguin — we knew we were in great hands. Her knowledge and expertise in this part of the world is second to none. From our personal excursions, to recommendations for dining and shopping, it truly was a most memorable trip. And, it couldn't have happened without her." - Marti Z.