The crystal clear turquoise lagoons, beaches of soft white sand, ideal year round temperatures, and spectacular scenery, make The Islands of Tahiti a dream destination. Take the time to visit Tahiti itself. The biggest island in Tahiti is full of wonderful surprises for you to discover.
There are a total of 118 islands in French Polynesia, and the main island, Tahiti, is an awe-inspiring destination in its own right. Many of the others, such as Bora Bora and Moorea, are famous for their beautiful scenery and dazzling beaches, but Tahiti doesn’t envy them. The black sand beach at Point Venus and those at Taharuu and Tautira are truly magnificent, lying between the bright blue Pacific Ocean and the majestic mountains of Tahiti. The highest mountain in French Polynesia is Mount Orohena in Tahiti, which rises to a height of 2,241m. Tahiti is also home to the capital, Papeete, which is full of interesting surprises for visitors.
Tahiti: the mountains, the ocean and Papeete
You can see the mountains wherever you are in Tahiti, with lush green valleys between them and magnificent waterfalls cascading down. The northern coast of the island is very developed, but when you visit the peninsula, Tahiti Iti, it’s like stepping into another world. You’ll discover a vast plateau with herds of grazing cows and a coastline that’s almost completely unspoiled. It’s also where you’ll find the famous wave at Teahupoo,, which will be the site of the surfing competition in the 2024 Olympic Games.
Papeete is also a thriving cultural center. As well as visiting the superb town hall, the Assembly of French Polynesia and Notre Dame Cathedral, you can also admire the many masterpiecs of street art on the city’s walls, some of which are the work of world famous street artists. There is also the vast bustling indoor market, where you can buy fresh fish, fruit and vegetables, and all sorts of souvenirs. In the evening, visit nearby Paofai Park, a wonderful site where the locals go for dinner on the sea front.
What activities can you do in Tahiti?
Paragliding and canyoning are two sports that you can only practice in Tahiti. All kinds of watersports are available in the lagoon or the ocean and there are breathtaking hiking trails in the valleys and mountains.
Take a round island tour, explore the valley of Papenoo all the way to Lake Vaihiria, or go on a four-wheel drive safari to discover the magnificent scenery and sites in the interior of the island. There are several museums, including the Musée de Tahiti et Ses Îles where you can learn much about the history and culture of French Polynesia. In the evening, go to see a colorful and exciting performance of traditional singing and dancing.
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