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Travel Guide

Tahiti which includes general coastal views and mountains

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.

Where to stay in Tahiti

Tahiti Airport Motel
Tahiti Airport Motel
2.5 out of 5
Cite De L' Air, Faaa, Tahiti
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is CA $142 per night from Jul 12 to Jul 12
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! (998 reviews)
"Very friendly staff. Terry at the front desk in particular was very helpful and informative about area activities and options. Rooms are very clean, and comfortable bedding. Easy walk to supermarket and there’s a public bus stop in front of the hotel to take you to downtown Papeete."

Reviewed on Jun. 11, 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 CA $360 per night from Jun 28 to Jun 28
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! (924 reviews)
"every thing was great... easy access to airport!"

Reviewed on May 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 CA $346 per night from Jun 26 to Jun 26
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! (992 reviews)
"Great Resort. Staff are very friendly and helpful. View was incredible. Food was good."

Reviewed on Feb. 22, 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.
Villa Mitirapa
Villa Mitirapa
4 out of 5
PK 2.8 - Cote Mer, Taiarapu-Ouest, Tahiti
The price is CA $312 per night from Jul 6 to Jul 6
Offering direct access to the beach, this Taiarapu-Ouest villa is 0.7 mi (1.1 km) from Mitirapa Beach and within 6 mi (10 km) of Maui Beach and Motu Nono. Vaihi ...
4.8/5Exceptional! (6 reviews)
Tahitian Honeymoon in Paradise
"We stayed in Villa Tamanu for one of the nights during our honeymoon, and wished we would have stayed there the whole time. We loved the privacy and all the space. There were kayaks and the villa was right off the water. The pool and outdoor atmosphere was very relaxing. We would definitely stay ..."

Reviewed on Dec. 17, 2018

Villa Mitirapa
Studio Vaiana - Tahiti
Studio Vaiana - Tahiti
3.5 out of 5
Ave du Commandant Destremau, Papeete
Situated by the ocean, this apartment building is 1.1 mi (1.7 km) from Place Jacques Chirac and 1.4 mi (2.3 km) from Papeete Market. Parc Bougainville and Cathedrale ...
5/5Exceptional! (1 review)
Beautiful place!
"Amazing! Beautiful bright and clean studio with fantastic amenities and Alexandra went above and beyond to accommodate us when our rental car was not ready. View from the balcony and pool are amazing to wake up to and have dinner and a drink on."

Reviewed on Jul. 1, 2019

Studio Vaiana - Tahiti
Omati Lodge
Omati Lodge
3.5 out of 5
Pk 3,6 Route du Plateau, Taiarapu-Est, Tahiti
Situated by the ocean, this vacation home is 2.7 mi (4.4 km) from Motu Nono and within 6 mi (10 km) of Mitirapa Beach and Vaihi Waterfall. Maui Beach and The ...
5/5Exceptional! (4 reviews)
"Clean and modern, air conditioning worked well, couldn't get internet."

Reviewed on Mar. 22, 2020

Omati Lodge
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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