Tahiti Travel Guide

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The name Tahiti conjures up dreamy images of idyllic islands floating in azure lagoons fringed by palm trees and white sandy beaches. But few people realize that Tahiti is actually the heart of French Polynesian, a vast expanse of 118 islands stretched across the South Pacific Ocean. The island has most of the trappings of the modern world with five-star resorts, boutiques selling top-end labels, and a bustling port city. Pape'ete, the capital of Tahiti (and French Polynesia), has 131,5000 people—around 69% of French Polynesia's total population.

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Tahiti Hotels

Tahiti's accommodations range from budget city pensions to luxurious resorts in vast tropical gardens. There are two- and... read more

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Tahiti Restaurants

There's an enormous array of restaurants in Pape'ete and its nearby suburbs with options ranging from the very top end with... read more

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Tahiti Experiences

  • Top Reasons to Visit Tahiti

    Natural splendor: Everything's big on French Polynesia's biggest island—towering mountains, giant waterfalls, and deep valleys.... Read more

  • A Walking Tour of Pape'ete

    As most travelers stay in a hotel in or within 10 mi of Pape'ete, they start their explorations in the city. A walking tour should... Read more

  • The Third Sex

    If you spend a few days out and about in French Polynesia, you're likely to come across women who aren't actually women. Known publicly as... Read more

  • Touring the Interior

    Even when the peaks are shrouded in clouds, you'll get the best glimpse of Tahiti's spectacular interior—soaring, jagged peaks; rivers;... Read more

  • Tahitian History

    Tahiti Nui was created by a series of volcanic eruptions about 3 million years ago, and its smaller neighbor was formed 2 million years... Read more

  • The Brando Island

    You could say that art imitated life when Hollywood actor Marlon Brando arrived in Tahiti in 1960 to star in the remake of the 1935 epic... Read more

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