Since the time of the first explorer, Wallis, Cook or Bougainville, there were never a shortage of stories, whethe rtrue or not, to hail Tahiti as the "Island of Love" It is true that in these old times, the first Vahine (pronounce Va Hee Nay) encountered by these rather uptight adventurers had no reasons to worry whether or not their skimpy attires would shock them or not, it was not THEIR problem! It appears that the bare bodies of these young women and their uninhibitions ended up finding an excellent way to get along with the 18th century puritanical European Navy officers. Facing such a display of charm, sensuality and, let's say it, sex appeal, who could remain indifferent?
Without questions, throughout the years, it is the myth of the vahine that has marked the reputation of our magnificent South Seas scenery. Proud of their body, self-confident, the Vahines have always dominated Polynesian society. Today it is still the wife and the mother who runs the family with an iron fist. The man, the husband, just complies with her will, even if he tries to pass for an incorrigible ”macho”.
Not satisfied of being beautiful, the Polynesian woman is also intelligent. What does she have that Western women do not have? Nothing really, unless a favorable environment (sun, warm weather, ocean, lagoon) and an irresistible drive to enhance her beauty helped with an amazing konw-how. Monoi is the vahine's best friend. It shines her long silky hair and enhances the bronze shade of her skin. Add to this a perfectly timed flapping of her long eye lashes, her often simulated naivety and her unique way of moving her hips and you have the real vahine. A little touch of sophistication perhaps but what matters is the result. Although Polynesian men do not complain and look with amusement how Western women lay on our island beaches in search of a tan to enhance their assets. One piece of advice: never try to compete with a vahine, You can't win!
As to all those male visitors who think they had a chance to seduce a Vahine, they should know that in Tahiti, things are like anywhere else, except the weather is often better. And the tropical sun is a lot of help...