Capital City: Papeete
Currency: Pacific French Franc
Official Language: Tahitian and French are the main languages spoken in Tahiti, with English being a widely spoken language.
Welcome to the heart of French Polynesia, the Queen of The Pacific, a place called Tahiti.
If your thoughts drift towards idyllic islands, lagoons lined with palm trees and sandy beaches, you wouldn’t be far off the mark. The largest of the French Polynesian Islands, Tahiti offers everything from five-star resorts to secluded island paradises and a bustling port city to go with that. Tahiti is a wonder world of natural attractions such as the soaring mountains, deep valleys, rivers and waterfalls, ancient temple ruins, beaches and as little or as much seclusion as one wants to experience. In the northwest there’s Tahiti Nui with its three extinct volcano mountains; Mount Aorai, Mout Orohema ad Le Diadème. In the southeastern peninsula you’ll find Tahiti Iti, the smaller part of Tahiti. Filled with natural splendor, the best surfing waves in the world, a bustling harbor city, and stunning beaches that all come together to form a juxtaposition to make Tahiti one of the best destinations to visit in French Polynesia. Tahiti is more than just a starting point for exploring the surrounding islands of French Polynesia; it’s actually a pretty amazing start towards experiencing what paradise on earth could feel like once you start delving into all that makes this collection of islands so unique.Best known as the Jewel in the crown of French Polynesia, Tahiti is also one of the most popular honeymoon island destinations in the world.
Must see places in Tahiti
The vibrant and multicultural capital city of Tahiti is where you want to head to experience the bustling boulevards and buzzing harbor. Le Marché is the downtown market where one can indulge in all things Tahiti such as vanilla beans, monoi oil and pareos. There’s also the Robert Wan Pearl Museum, which is a feast for the eyes, and the Vai’ete Square is the best place to be after sunset where you’ll experience gourmet foods and local snacks to delight the senses.
This stunning valley in Moorea is an ancient dwelling place that’s been uninhabited for 150 years. On display here are 500 ancient structures such as temples and religious relics. This historic site is bound to take your breath away.
Also known as the Vanilla Island, Tahaa is renowned for the wind that carries the smell of the inland vanilla plantations out here. This island shares a coral reef with Raiatea island and gives you a real island style experience.
On the islands of Marquesas you’ll find the burial sites of Paul Gauguin and Jacques Brel located on Hiva Oa.
The impressive watery wonder called the Arahoho Blowhole throws water up that makes for one spectacular display. Close by there are also the Faarumai and Vaipahi waterfalls that are bound to take your breath away.
Fatu Hiva Island
This island is known for being the most beautiful among Tahiti and Her Islands. With stunning sights such as the Valley of Hanavare that lies between volcanic rock in the Bay of Virgins. Here you’ll also witness the archeological site of Puamau with the ancient Tiki statue.
Things to do in Tahiti
With opportunities such as deep-sea fishing, scuba diving, snorkeling and superb swimming, taking a cruise boat out to the stunning waters surrounding Tahiti is never a bad idea. You can also opt to take a leisurely cruise out on a glass bottom boat to view the impressive marine life.
Go shark and whale watching
Tahiti and Her Islands is home to some stunning aquatic animals such as sharks and whales. Shark and manta ray feeding demonstrations are some of the most popular excursions in Moorea and Bora Bora, while the Humpback Whales can be seen between the months of July and October in Rurutu.
Beach it out
Tahiti has some of the most stunning beaches in French Polynesia, which is why just being a beach bum for a couple of days should be a definite part of your itinerary. With white sandy beaches, limpid lagoons and volcanic vistas, paradise is obviously found on these beaches.
Take a nature tour
For the more adventurous travelers, guided tours that span the rugged interior of Tahiti is sure to keep you in awe with sights such as waterfalls and natural pools, mountain peaks and archeological sites, grottos and off course lava tubes.
Do the Circle-Island Tour
This tour has been a touristic favorite for over 100 years, and with good reason! This tour spans more than 71 miles and allows you to see the dramatic coastline scenery with its cliffs, beaches and stunning buildings. Lookout points, waterfalls and ancient sites are all part of the tour that’s guaranteed to take your breath away.
Best time to visit Tahiti
Tourists visit Tahiti between May and October
Tahiti’s wet (or humid) season runs from November through to April, which is the hottest time of the year. The hottest months of the year are February and March. The months of May through to October sees the dry season, when temperatures are also a little cooler and not as humid. Tahiti has a general temperate climate, but it’s cooled down by ocean breezes.
Did you know?
La Ora Na is the Tahitian greeting phrase
- Smoked breadfruit
- Mountain bananas
- Fafa, which is spinach, and you should definitely try it served with suckling pig
- Poisson Cru is a marinated fish dish that is served with coconut cream and limes
- Poe is a starchy pudding made of papaya, mango and banana
- Noni Juice
- Tahiti has A LOT of mosquitoes, so make sure you take enough repellent
- Life in Tahiti starts at 6 am and doesn’t really buzz after 6pm at night
- Always stick to sealed bottled water for drinking purposes