Tahiti Travel Guide

Located in the heart of French Polynesia, Tahiti is not just a tropical holiday destination, it’s also the name given to a vast stretch of 118 islands scattered across the South Pacific Ocean (with a maritime empire expanding the size of Europe). Famous for its pure white sand beaches, warm clear lagoons and incredible marine life, Tahiti is also home to some of the most popular and exclusive tropical holiday destinations in the world. From the famous overwater bungalows and luxury relaxation of Bora Bora to the more affordable and less touristy island of Moorea and capital Papeete, Tahiti travel continues to increase in popularity. Boasting unique black sand beaches, cascading waterfalls, lush mountains and amazing archaeological sites, Tahiti is the experience of a lifetime. While much of the rural landscape is dominated by pineapple plantations, the main tourist areas still offer all the comforts of the modern world and although tourism plays a big part in Tahiti’s economy, the islands have managed to retain much of the ancient Polynesian culture.


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Accommodation

Accommodation in Tahiti ranges from luxury resorts and internationally recognised hotel chains to local hotels, pensions, villas, and holiday houses. However perhaps the most famous Tahiti accommodation are the iconic overwater bungalows. Concentrated mainly in Bora Bora, overwater bungalows are also available in other popular Tahiti holiday destinations and feature Polynesian décor such as bamboo, pandanus and shell light fixtures. Many overwater bungalows feature glass-bottom tables or inlaid glass floors so that you can watch the incredible tropical marine life without even getting your feet wet. Some accommodation providers even offer the unique experience of having a canoe deliver your breakfast to your bungalow. Book Tahiti Accommodation


Holiday Packages

The easiest and most affordable way to visit French Polynesia, Tahiti holiday packages combine everything from flights and accommodation to transfers, tours, travel insurance and inter-island transport to offer significant savings. Make your visit to Tahiti a breeze and enjoy your break without the stress of planning each and every element. Save yourself time and money with our great range of Tahiti holiday packages and let us take care of everything. You can choose from a range of existing packages or customise one to suit your own individual needs. See the latest Tahiti Holiday Packages


Activities

Although relaxing on the stunning beaches and doing as little as possible is one of the biggest attractions of Tahiti, there’s still plenty to do around the islands. In Bora Bora you must visit the pure white sand and shallow turquoise waters of Matira Beach and snorkel the amazing Coral Garden’s incredible abundance of tropical fish. Just outside Bora Bora reef you can also go diving with lemon sharks and a jet ski tour is one of the best ways to experience the eye-popping blues of Bora Bora Lagoon. 4WD tours of the island take in the beautiful landscapes as well as some of the island’s WWII history while hiring a bike is a great way to discover the village of Vaitape with all its trinket shops and roadside snack bars. In Moorea you can get up close and personal with the wildlife feeding lagoon sharks, getting a ‘kiss’ from a stingray or experiencing a dolphin encounter. You can also go surfing at Haapiti, one of the most consistent surf breaks in the world. If you’re more interested in activities on dry land why not play a round of golf at Moora Pearl Green Golf Course. You can also cycle around the island (it’s only 60km!) and make your way up Belvedere for magnificent views of the lagoon, bays and mountains. For something a little different enjoy a horseback ride through the majestic valleys and famous pineapple plantations and sip fresh squeeze juice straight from the plantation. More about Tahiti Activities


Tahiti Facts

The best time to visit Tahiti is all year round! With wonderful mild weather all year, there really is no bad time to visit. A typical hotel in Las Vegas has more rooms than on all of French Polynesia’s 118 islands. Hawaii receives more tourists in one day than Tahiti does in a whole year, making it one of the world’s most exclusive destinations. There are no poisonous insects or snakes in Tahiti or French Polynesia. The Tahitian alphabet is comprised of only 13 letters; the consonants f, h, m, n, p, r, t and v and the vowels a, e, I, o and u. Bora Bora is actually pronounced “Pora Pora” but was mis-heard by early visitors. The English word ‘tattoo’ originated in French Polynesia, deriving from the Tahitian word ‘tatau’, an art form that is integral to the Polynesian culture.