With its glorious sunny weather, idyllic island life and pristine beaches, it’s no surprise that one of the most popular things to do in Tahiti is – not very much at all! However, between your days spent lazing on the beach sipping cocktails, there are still plenty to of things to do in Tahiti if you’re feeling up to it. Not surprisingly, the most popular Tahiti activities revolve around French Polynesia’s crystal clear water, majestic landscapes and enduring ancient culture however there’s also some great adventure opportunities.
The most famous holiday destination in Tahiti, Bora Bora is renowned for its incredible turquoise lagoons which appear to be neon-lit from below. Unlike anything you’ve ever seen, you simply cannot pass up the opportunity to snorkel the abundance of tropical fish in the Coral Garden or sink into the pure white sand of Matira Beach. Just off Bora Bora reef, you can also enjoy the unique opportunity to dive with lemon sharks. You can also hand-feed sharks and sting rays, visit the trinket shops of Vaitape village and discover the WWII history of Tahiti with a 4WD island safari. No holiday to Bora Bora is complete without visiting Motu Tapu, a private island escape and the most photographed island in the South Pacific.
You can also get up close and personal with the marine life in Moorea with an incredible dolphin encounter in the waters off the InterContinental. The fertile land is home to a number of tropical plantations which are wonderful to explore and taste the sweetest pineapple straight from the plantation. Water activities are also very popular here with snorkelling, diving, jet skiing and canoeing being favourites. Moorea is also home to one of the world’s most consistent surf breaks, Haapiti however if you prefer dry land there are dramatic landscapes and historical sites scattered throughout the lush forest canopy. You can also cycle the island, visit Belvedere, relax at one of the Polynesian spas and visit Papetoai Village, home to an historical and unique octagonal church.
Dining is an activity of its own in Tahiti, everything from Les Roulottes - the fun well-organized food truck scene in Papeete, pizza vans and creperies on the side of the road, local French restaurants, to fine dining at your Resort. A must-do is Poisson Cru, French Polynesia’s national dish, a tasty concoction of fresh raw tuna, marinated in citrus juice and coconut milk and tossed with diced vegetables. Another speciality is the Tahitian mahi mahi fish with vanilla sauce.