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Tahiti

One of French Polynesia’s best-known islands is beautiful to the eye: mountains, jungles and coral reefs surround the cosmopolitan city at its heart.

Of the 118 archipelagos in the South Pacific, none are bigger than sun-drenched Tahiti, garnering the island the moniker “Queen of the Pacific”. Its metropolitan centre, Papeete, is a hub for culture and the capital of French Polynesia.

Explore the populated northwestern region of the island, Tahiti Nui, by renting a car or asking a friendly local for a ride in their boat. While there’s a coastal freeway on the island, it doesn’t extend as far as Tahiti Iti in the southeast, making it an adventure- lovers’ dream. Take a boat or explore the area on foot.

Discover the local history and the impact that black pearls had on the island’s economy at the Pearl Museum, or pick up handcrafted jewellery from boutiques at Quartier du Commerce. Sample tropical fruits and drinks at the nearby Marché Municipal.

Blending the culinary styling of the French and the local islanders, Tahitian cuisine is a bold and flavourful experience. While eating out in Tahiti isn’t normally a budget option, in downtown Papeete you’ll find food trucks, known as roulottes, serving affordable local dishes. Pick up a plate of poisson cru, a serving of fish cooked in lime juice and coconut milk. Afterwards, head to the waterfront bars that line the coast. Sign up for a workshop at Les Ateliers “Te Oro” to learn traditional dances.

Outside the city you’ll find Tahiti’s natural charm waiting for you. Hike through Mont Aorai’s lush tropical forests or climb aboard a jeep safari to reach Mont Marau. In the Faarumai Valley you can watch cascading waterfalls, while a visit to Marae Arahurahu, an ancient Polynesian temple in Paea, reveals some of the island’s rich culture.

Head 16 kilometres (10 miles) west of Papeete to Punaauia to uncover the local history at the Museum of Tahiti and Her Islands. Venture further west to reach the tropical plants of the Botanical Gardens in Mataiea.

Explore beneath the ocean’s surface with a scuba diving session or stay dry by spending the day at the Lagoonarium. Before you leave the island be sure to see one of the world’s infamous surf breaks, Teahupo’o, which is home to whales from July to October.

Tahiti’s primary airport is located 7 kilometres (4.5 miles) southwest from Papeete, and is connected with semi-regular flights to major hubs in Europe, North America, New Zealand, South America and Northern Asia.


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InterContinental Resort Tahiti AU$366
Reviewed on 20 Jan. 2020
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InterContinental Resort Tahiti

InterContinental Resort Tahiti

Pointe Tata A, Faaa, Tahiti
     
    4.2 of 5
    4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

    Amazing location. Great beachfront and pool facilites. Expensive to eat and drink (not just on property, but in area)

    Manava Suite Resort Tahiti AU$349
    Reviewed on 18 Jan. 2020
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    Manava Suite Resort Tahiti

    Manava Suite Resort Tahiti

    BP 2851 Punavai, Punaauia, Tahiti
       
      4.0 of 5
      4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Beautiful location. The snorkeling trip arranged by the hotel was awesome

      Tahiti Pearl Beach Resort AU$418
      Reviewed on 9 Jan. 2020
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      Tahiti Pearl Beach Resort

      Tahiti Pearl Beach Resort

      Lafayette Beach PK7, Arue, Tahiti
         
        4.0 of 5
        4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Amazing view from the top floor properties absolute beachfront lovely pool area. Rooms are fine but run down and do need some mainteance. Staff are are as helpful as they can be but are often very busy. Cleaning staff restaurant staff do their best to be accomodating but are often run off their feet. ...

        Tahiti Airport Motel AU$182
        Reviewed on 13 Jan. 2020
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        Tahiti Airport Motel

        Tahiti Airport Motel

        Cite De L' Air, Faaa, Tahiti
           
          3.5 of 5
          2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

          We stayed here for one night after our flight into Papeete, before flying out the next morning to another island. The motel is not as close to the airport as it might appear on the map, and you'll probably need a taxi, which is about 2500 XPF for a 2-3 minute ride. Other than that, it was fine for ...

          Tahiti Ia Ora Beach Resort - Managed by Sofitel AU$359
          Reviewed on 11 Jan. 2020
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          Tahiti Ia Ora Beach Resort - Managed by Sofitel

          Tahiti Ia Ora Beach Resort - Managed by Sofitel

          Unnamed Rd, Tamanu, Punaauia, Tahiti
             
            3.9 of 5
            4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            The resort is well situated. It is a little bit on the older side but we were very happy with our room, food, water sports offered and mini bar free of charge. The property has a nice sand pool, lots of comfortable lounging chairs and a gorgeous view on the lagoon and Moorea.

            Hotel Sarah Nui AU$160
            Reviewed on 5 Jan. 2020
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            Hotel Sarah Nui

            Hotel Sarah Nui

            BP 4354 Fare Tony, Papeete, Tahiti
               
              3.4 of 5
              3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              The location is convenient if you are wanting to stay near the dock for before or after a cruise. It's not to far from Avis or the local bank either. Looks wise it's average but it's to be expected with a 3 star rating. I would stay there again for a night.

              Hotel Royal Tahitien AU$205
              Reviewed on 15 Jan. 2020
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              Hotel Royal Tahitien

              Hotel Royal Tahitien

              Rue Temarii, Pirae, Tahiti
                 
                3.4 of 5
                3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Rooms were spacious and clean. Gardens pleasant. I would stay there again.

                Pension de la Plage AU$159
                Reviewed on 17 Nov. 2019
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                Pension de la Plage

                Pension de la Plage

                PK 15.4 - BP 381593 Tamanu, Punaauia, Tahiti
                   
                  4.0 of 5
                  3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Perfect place to rest and relax for a late night flight

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