Tahiti Travel Guide

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Plan Your Tahiti Vacation

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 has an array of options to accommodate the visitors who tend to breeze in for one or two nights before flying out to the islands. There six resorts...read more

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Tahiti Restaurants

Tahiti's restaurants offer every possible cuisine. Don't expect too many bargains, but if you shop around you're likely to find affordable Asian dishes...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 start at Place... 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 mahu... 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; deep... 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 later... Read more

  • On the Horizon

    Hotel Tahiti Nui. This is one of two new hotels built in Tahiti the past few years; it opened in 2009 with 91 rooms, more than half of which... Read more

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