Tahiti

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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.

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 CA $138 per night from Jan 30 to Jan 31
Situated near the airport, this hotel is 3.1 mi (5 km) from Place Jacques Chirac and within 6 mi (10 km) of Parc Bougainville and Black Pearl Museum. Papeete ...
3.6/5 Good! (978 reviews)
"The location is easily accessible from the airport"

Reviewed on Jan. 16, 2022

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 $332 per night from Jan 31 to Feb 1
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 ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (974 reviews)
"Nnn"

Reviewed on Jan. 11, 2022

InterContinental Resort Tahiti, an IHG Hotel
Manava Suite Resort Tahiti
Manava Suite Resort Tahiti
4 out of 5
BP 2851 Punavai, Punaauia, Tahiti
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is CA $251 per night from Jan 30 to Jan 31
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 ...
4/5 Very Good! (972 reviews)
"My wife and I thoroughly enjoyed this resort. There are few places we've visited where we hated to check out and move on to the next adventure - but this was one of those rare gems. The views are other-worldly. There is so much to do. And everyone with whom we interacted was friendly, knowledgeable ..."

Reviewed on Jan. 11, 2022

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 CA $158 per night from Jan 30 to Jan 31
Situated in a rural location, this chalet is 2.1 mi (3.4 km) from Plage Toaroto and 2.3 mi (3.7 km) from Museum of Tahiti. Vai'ava Beach and Mahana Park are ...
5/5 Exceptional! (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
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, Windward Islands
Situated near the beach, this vacation home is within a 10-minute walk of Vai'ava Beach and Mahana Park. Plage Toaroto and Museum of Tahiti are also within 3 ...
5/5 Exceptional! (1 review)
Tahiti Bungalow
"Second stay on this property. The stay was just as good or better than last. All was in good working order. Clarita(the owner) is such a nice person. She loaded us up with fruit that grows on the property. Bungalows are small but that was expected. Property is a very short walk from one of the best ..."

Reviewed on Jul. 20, 2021

Tiny house under a tree, with its little pool and near the white sand beach
Modern tiny house in a tropical garden, with swimming pool, near the beac h
Modern tiny house in a tropical garden, with swimming pool, near the beac h
Punaauia, Windward Islands
Located by the sea, this family-friendly vacation home is within 6 mi (10 km) of Plage Toaroto, Vai'ava Beach, and Mahana Park. Papeete Market and Place Jacques ...
5/5 Exceptional! (3 reviews)
Tess
"Is Tess okay? She was barking constantly last night. She stopped when we went out at 2am to call her down."

Reviewed on Jun. 26, 2021

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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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