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TahitiFrench Polynesia

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.

Top Hotels in Tahiti

InterContinental Resort Tahiti
InterContinental Resort Tahiti
4.5 out of 5
Pointe Tata A, Faaa, Tahiti
The price is CA $286 per night from Nov 15 to Nov 16

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! (899 reviews)

"Beautiful and large property. Loved seeing the fish in the lagoon"…"

Reviewed on Oct. 8, 2020

InterContinental Resort Tahiti
Tahiti Ia Ora Beach Resort - Managed by Sofitel
Tahiti Ia Ora Beach Resort - Managed by Sofitel
4 out of 5
Unnamed Rd, Tamanu, Punaauia, Tahiti

Nestled on the beach, this Punaauia resort is within a 10-minute walk of Plage Toaroto and Museum of Tahiti. Vai'ava Beach and Mahana Park are also within 3 ...

3.9/5Very Good! (757 reviews)

"The beautifully maintained property was exceeded only by the very friendly staff. We had a wonderful week and will return!"…"

Reviewed on Mar. 20, 2020

Tahiti Ia Ora Beach Resort - Managed by Sofitel
Manava Suite Resort Tahiti
Manava Suite Resort Tahiti
4 out of 5
BP 2851 Punavai, Punaauia, Tahiti
The price is CA $269 per night from Oct 23 to Oct 24

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! (984 reviews)

"In hotel defense we stayed at Sofitel right before in an overwater bungalow. The guy that checked us in was training as well so he was nervous. Overall. Really nice place."…"

Reviewed on Oct. 16, 2020

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.

Vacation Rentals in Tahiti

Villa Mitirapa
Villa Mitirapa
4 out of 5
PK 2.8 - Cote Mer, Taiarapu-Ouest, Tahiti
The price is CA $260 per night from Oct 21 to Oct 22

Offering direct access to the beach, this Taiarapu-Ouest villa is next to a golf course, 0.7 mi (1.1 km) from Mitirapa Beach, and within 6 mi (10 km) of Maui ...

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
Tahiti Luxury Apartment With Concierge
Tahiti Luxury Apartment With Concierge

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 ...

4.8/5Exceptional! (5 reviews)
Great place!

"A great place to stay. Wonderful view and large deck to hang out at. Everything works well with no issues. The kitchen has high quality equipment. The pool is large enough and was always clean. The people there were always friendly. Brice helped us a lot and is really nice. He speaks English and ..."…"

Reviewed on Oct. 17, 2020

Tahiti Luxury Apartment With Concierge
Omati Lodge
Omati Lodge
3.5 out of 5
Pk 3,6 Route du Plateau, Taiarapu-Est, Tahiti

Situated by the ocean, this holiday 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.

Popular places to visit in Tahiti

Papeete Market
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Papeete Market

4/5(22 reviews)

Divine aromas, delightful tastes and a sea of color stir the senses in this traditional marketplace full of exotic fruit, tropical fish and handmade artifacts.

Black Sand Beach
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Black Sand Beach

4/5(9 reviews)

Marvel at the shiny pebbles and sand of this black beach and snap photos of the elegant lighthouse on a historic location.

Papeete Town Hall
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Papeete Town Hall

3.5/5(5 reviews)

This inspiring structure is the city’s preeminent architectural triumph with its bright colonial features, picturesque grounds and iconic clock tower.

Black Pearl Museum
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Black Pearl Museum

4/5(6 reviews)

One of the largest pearls ever found is displayed in this museum which is entirely dedicated to the mystical gems.

Tomb of King Pomare V
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Tomb of King Pomare V

3/5(1 review)

Visit this elegant memorial made of coral and learn about the alcoholic final Tahitian monarch who replaced his mother’s remains with his own.

Place Jacques Chirac
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Place Jacques Chirac

4/5(1 review)

This park conveys a profound political statement in protest and memorial of the nuclear tests carried out over a period of 30 years in French Polynesia.

Top things to do in Tahiti

Tahiti Island Half-Day Tour Afternoon Tour
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Tahiti Island Half-Day Tour Afternoon Tour

CA $81
Per adult
4-Wheel-Drive Mountain Safari Full-Day Tour
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4-Wheel-Drive Mountain Safari Full-Day Tour

CA $117
Per adult
wrecks and tropical fishes snorkeling at 1:00pm
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wrecks and tropical fishes snorkeling at 1:00pm

CA $130
Per adult
100% of travellers recommend
Turtles snorkeling at 7:30am
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Turtles snorkeling at 7:30am

CA $138
Per adult
Full-Day Authentic Tahiti West Coast Discovery
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Full-Day Authentic Tahiti West Coast Discovery

CA $260
Per adult
Papeete Inner Island Full-Day Jeep Safari
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Papeete Inner Island Full-Day Jeep Safari

CA $128
Per adult

Cities near Tahiti

Papeete Town Hall featuring a park and heritage architecture

Papeete

Photo by Matahi Tutavae

Pirae

Museum of Tahiti featuring tropical scenes, swimming and general coastal views

Punaauia

Marae Arahurahu Temple showing hiking or walking and forest scenes as well as a small group of people

Paea