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Tahiti

Travel Guide
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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Where to stay in Tahiti

Tahiti Airport Motel
Tahiti Airport Motel
2.5 out of 5
Cite De L' Air, Faaa, Tahiti
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $114 per night from Aug 26 to Aug 26
Situated near the airport, this hotel is 3.1 mi (5 km) from Place Jacques Chirac and within 6 mi (10 km) of Papeete Market and Parc Bougainville. Black Pearl ...
3.6/5Good! (990 reviews)
"It was close to airport"

Reviewed on Jul 18, 2021

Tahiti Airport Motel
InterContinental Resort Tahiti, an IHG Hotel
InterContinental Resort Tahiti, an IHG Hotel
4.5 out of 5
Pointe Tata A, Faaa, Tahiti
The price is $286 per night from Aug 22 to Aug 22
Located on the waterfront, this family-friendly hotel is within 6 mi (10 km) of Place Jacques Chirac, Plage Toaroto, and Papeete Market. Parc Bougainville and ...
4.2/5Excellent! (931 reviews)
"This is, unequivocally, the perfect property for a stopover on arrival or departure to/from the many beautiful islands in French Polynesia"

Reviewed on Jul 20, 2021

InterContinental Resort Tahiti, an IHG Hotel
Manava Suite Resort Tahiti
Manava Suite Resort Tahiti
4 out of 5
BP 2851 Punavai, Punaauia, Tahiti
The price is $277 per night from Aug 23 to Aug 23
Situated on the waterfront, this spa hotel is 2.9 mi (4.7 km) from Plage Toaroto and 3.1 mi (4.9 km) from Museum of Tahiti. Vai'ava Beach and Mahana Park are ...
4/5Very Good! (981 reviews)
"The property is close to the airport and a moderately priced option for nice accommodations on the island. The island sits right on the bay with a view of Moorea. It also has a large swimming pool as well as a lagoon in which snorkeling can occur. For a hotel this size, I would have expected more ..."

Reviewed on Jul 30, 2021

Manava Suite Resort Tahiti
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.
Chalet de Tahiti - Unique Architecture Swimming Pool and Lovely Views
Chalet de Tahiti - Unique Architecture Swimming Pool and Lovely Views
Punaauia, Windward Islands
The price is $129 per night from Aug 20 to Aug 20
Situated in a rural location, this chalet is 2.1 mi (3.4 km) from Plage Toaroto and within 6 mi (10 km) of Museum of Tahiti and Vai'ava Beach. Papeete Market ...
5/5Exceptional! (1 review)
Great experience
"The property was adorable and Fredrick was amazing! Very communicative and a accommodating host. The property is so private and the view is incredible!"

Reviewed on Jun 25, 2021

Chalet de Tahiti - Unique Architecture Swimming Pool and Lovely Views
Cozy Bungalow Tahiti
Cozy Bungalow Tahiti
Punaauia, Windward Islands
This family-friendly Punaauia vacation home is within 3 mi (5 km) of Plage Toaroto and Museum of Tahiti. Vai'ava Beach and Mahana Park are also within 6 mi (10 ...
5/5Exceptional! (3 reviews)
Great!
"Excelent stay for an amazing price. The hosts are very friendly and helpful. We had issues finding the property but they met us where we were and guide us to the right place. The location is good and the place very cozy and clean"

Reviewed on Feb 12, 2020

Cozy Bungalow Tahiti
Tahiti Luxury Apartment With Concierge
Tahiti Luxury Apartment With Concierge
Punaauia, Windward Islands
Nestled on the beach, this Punaauia apartment building is within 6 mi (10 km) of Plage Toaroto, Vai'ava Beach, and Mahana Park. Place Jacques Chirac and Parc ...
4.9/5Exceptional! (7 reviews)
"The apartment is truly luxurious, the location outstanding and the customer service (Brice) extremely helpful. Great place to stay."

Reviewed on Jan 21, 2021

Tahiti Luxury Apartment With Concierge
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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