Tahiti

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Tahiti featuring mountains and general coastal views
As the main island of French Polynesia, Tahiti is famous for its stunning beauty, with mountains, jungles and reefs, and a lively but chic island culture.

Sunny Tahiti is called the Queen of the Pacific because it's the main island of French Polynesia and the largest of its 118 archipelagos in the South Pacific. Its main city, Papeete, is the beating heart of the island and also the capital of French Polynesia, which is an overseas territory of France.

Tahiti Nui is the populated northwestern region of the island. Many visitors get around this region by taking a ride from a friendly local, but it’s also easy to rent a car and travel the coastal freeway.The southeastern section of the island is called Tahiti Iti and is only accessible by boat or on foot.

Learn about the history of the famous South Pacific black pearls at the Pearl Museum in Papeete, or go jewelry shopping at Quartier du Commerce. Find tropical fruits and handicrafts at Marché Municipal.

Tahitian cuisine mixes flavors from France and the South Pacific. Nothing comes cheap on the island, but downtown you’ll find some of the best local dishes at roulottes, the food trucks, for a few francs. Try the poisson cru, fish cured in lime juice and coconut milk, and then visit waterfront bars or attend the Les Ateliers “Te Oro” dance workshops.

See more of Tahiti’s natural charm with a hike through tropical forests to Mont Aorai, or join a jeep safari to Mont Marau. Watch waterfalls in the Faarumai Valley. Go to Paea to visit Marae Arahurahu, an ancient Polynesian temple, which hosts the Heiva I Tahiti festival in July.

In Punaauia, about 10 miles (16 kilometers) west of Papeete, visit the Museum of Tahiti and Her Islands to learn about the local history and see views of Moorea Island. Mataiea, 32 miles (51 kilometers) west of Papeete, is home to the Botanical Gardens with tropical plants from all over the world.

Go scuba diving or snorkeling in the clear waters around Punaauia and Papeete. If you want to stay dry while seeing the local marine life, visit the Lagoonarium. Surf is up at Teahupo’o, home to a world-famous reef break and whales from July to October.

Visitors can arrive in Tahiti via Papeete's International Airport, 4.5 miles (7 kilometers) to the southwest of the city. Flying to Tahiti requires you to first fly to Los Angeles, Honolulu or a major hub in Europe, New Zealand, South America or Northern Asia.

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Te Moana Tahiti Resort
Te Moana Tahiti Resort
4 out of 5
BP 2851 Punavai, Punaauia, Tahiti, 98703
The price is $280 per night from Aug 27 to Aug 28
Stay at this 4-star spa hotel in Punaauia. Enjoy free WiFi, 2 restaurants, and 2 bars/lounges. Our guests praise the pool and the helpful staff in our reviews. ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (1,000 reviews)
"Beautiful"

Reviewed on Aug 7, 2022

Te Moana Tahiti Resort
Hilton Hotel Tahiti
Hilton Hotel Tahiti
BP 60, Faaa, Windward Islands, 98713
The price is $346 per night from Sep 5 to Sep 6
Stay at this business-friendly hotel in Faaa. Enjoy 3 restaurants, breakfast, and onsite spa services. Popular attractions Place Jacques Chirac and Parc Bougainville ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (98 reviews)
superb smiling service
"gorgeous property, recent renovation, great suites, superb smiling service"

Reviewed on Aug 14, 2022

Hilton Hotel Tahiti
InterContinental Resort Tahiti, an IHG Hotel
InterContinental Resort Tahiti, an IHG Hotel
4.5 out of 5
Pointe Tata A, Faaa, Tahiti, 98702
The price is $340 per night from Sep 5 to Sep 6
Stay at this 4.5-star luxury hotel in Faaa. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and 2 outdoor pools. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful staff in our ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (995 reviews)
"Had a stay in one of the out water bungalows- amazing! Hotel has great restaurants, shows, super friendly and creative concierge service, great pools, lagoonarium to snorkel with fish - you name it. Totally worth visiting!"

Reviewed on Jul 24, 2022

InterContinental Resort Tahiti, an IHG Hotel
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Lagoon view and unforgettable sunsets
Lagoon view and unforgettable sunsets
Punaauia, Windward Islands
Stay at this family-friendly apartment in Punaauia. Enjoy free WiFi, a fitness center, and onsite parking. Popular attractions Museum of Tahiti and Plage Toaroto ...
5/5 Exceptional! (5 reviews)
Beautiful apartment!
"Very clean and well equipped. Lovely view and we enjoyed the food trucks at the bottom of the hill. A rental car is a must to access local beaches/see the island. Finding the apartment was a tiny bit tricky as our GPS on our cell phones did not work well. Great apartment -- spacious, airy, clean ..."

Reviewed on Jul 21, 2022

Lagoon view and unforgettable sunsets
Tiny house under a tree, with its little pool and near the white sand beach
Tiny house under a tree, with its little pool and near the white sand beach
Punaauia, Îles du Vent
Stay at this vacation home in Punaauia. Enjoy free WiFi, onsite parking, and a garden. Popular attractions Vai'ava Beach and Mahana Park are located nearby. ...
5/5 Exceptional! (2 reviews)
Wonderful Place to Stay!
"We really enjoyed our stay! The host was very kind and helpful, and the property is beautiful."

Reviewed on Jun 6, 2022

Tiny house under a tree, with its little pool and near the white sand beach
Stunning view with Private Pool
Stunning view with Private Pool
Puna'auia, Tahiti
Stay at this vacation home in Punaauia. Enjoy free WiFi, an outdoor pool, and onsite parking. Popular attractions Museum of Tahiti and Plage Toaroto are located ...
5/5 Exceptional! (1 review)
Lodge parfait !!
"Accueil très chaleureux dans ce lodge très bien équipé, avec sa belle piscine. La vue est exceptionnelle, on ne s'en lasse pas. Nous recommandons fortement !!!"

Reviewed on Jul 26, 2022

Stunning view with Private Pool
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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