Places to Visit in Tahiti
So-laid-back-it’s-horizontal Tahiti is perhaps French Polynesia’s most famous island, its forested mountains and glorious beaches attracting desert island seekers and honeymooners from all over the globe. French Polynesia’s bustling capital, Papeete, is found on Tahiti; it’s a fun-filled town with a carnival atmosphere and plenty of colourful markets. It’s also the best place to sample Tahiti’s delicious French-influenced cuisine.
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Dreaming of a desert island fringed by white sands and lapped by crystal clear blue waves? You're most likely thinking of Tahiti, one of the shining jewels of the South Pacific. Part of French Polynesia, this peaceful island boasts coral reefs teeming with fish, cloudless skies and dense waterfall-filled jungles. Whether you're here to explore or relax on the beach, there's never a dull day on the so-called Queen of the Pacific islands.
Did you know?
For the best views of Tahiti and the rest of the French Polynesian islands, you should sit on the right side of the plane as you fly into Papeete.
Tahiti receives fewer tourists in a year than Hawaii does in a day, making it one of the most exclusive (and peaceful) destinations in the world.
Tahiti is home to the capital of French Polynesia, Papeete, a small city with a population of just 25,000 and a lively waterfront filled with restaurants and bars.
Outside Tahitian homes, you'll see what are often mistakenly thought of as post boxes. Actually, these are French bread delivery boxes, with a fresh loaf dropped off twice a day.
How to get around
Ride the waves
You'll most likely arrive into Tahiti by plane, giving glorious views across the Polynesian islands. Continuing to your final destination by plane, especially if you're staying on another island, is likely. Alternatively, your resort may put on a boat transfer, which is a lovely way to travel - feel the wind in your hair and check out the scenery as you go. Inland, Tahiti has one main road, Route 1, which is easy to navigate by car. There's also a bus service, but realistically, your hotel or resort will transfer you when you need to get somewhere, and day trips will also include transport.