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Sunny Tahiti is called the Queen of the Pacific because it's the main island of French Polynesia and the largest of its 118 archipelagos in the South Pacific. Its main city, Papeete, is the beating heart of the island and also the capital of French Polynesia, which is an overseas territory of France.
Tahiti Nui is the populated northwestern region of the island. Many visitors get around this region by taking a ride from a friendly local, but it’s also easy to rent a car and travel the coastal freeway. The southeastern section of the island is called Tahiti Iti and is only accessible by boat or on foot.
Learn about the history of the famous South Pacific black pearls at the Pearl Museum in Papeete, or go jewelry shopping at Quartier du Commerce. Find tropical fruits and handicrafts at Marché Municipal.
Tahitian cuisine mixes flavors from France and the South Pacific. Nothing comes cheap on the island, but downtown you’ll find some of the best local dishes at roulottes, the food trucks, for a few francs. Try the poisson cru, fish cured in lime juice and coconut milk, and then visit waterfront bars or attend the Les Ateliers “Te Oro” dance workshops.
See more of Tahiti’s natural charm with a hike through tropical forests to Mont Aorai, or join a jeep safari to Mont Marau. Watch waterfalls in the Faarumai Valley. Go to Paea to visit Marae Arahurahu, an ancient Polynesian temple, which hosts the Heiva I Tahiti festival in July.
In Punaauia, about 10 miles (16 kilometers) west of Papeete, visit the Museum of Tahiti and Her Islands to learn about the local history and see views of Moorea Island. Mataiea, 32 miles (51 kilometers) west of Papeete, is home to the Botanical Gardens with tropical plants from all over the world.
Go scuba diving or snorkeling in the clear waters around Punaauia and Papeete. If you want to stay dry while seeing the local marine life, visit the Lagoonarium. Surf is up at Teahupo’o, home to a world-famous reef break and whales from July to October.
Visitors can arrive in Tahiti via Papeete's International Airport, 4.5 miles (7 kilometers) to the southwest of the city. Flying to Tahiti requires you to first fly to Los Angeles, Honolulu or a major hub in Europe, New Zealand, South America or Northern Asia.
A: Papeete (PPT-Tahiti Faaa Intl.) is your best option if you're taking a flight to Tahiti. This major airport terminal operates 130 international flights per month.
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We booked two nights because our flight was changed. Staff arranged a private transfer from airport and was very pleased.
The beautifully maintained property was exceeded only by the very friendly staff. We had a wonderful week and will return!
We only needed a hotel from about midnight to 6am and needed to get back to the airport in the morning . This hotel is perfectly located right across the street from the airport, so it’s really easy to walk to and from!
On Beautiful Black Sand Beach. Old hotel, but well kept up. Good Restaurant staff. food expensive, but the whole island is. Ok buffet breakfast, not great fruit. Good Dinners. Unfortunately we were there during a conference, so busy and under staffed.
Beautiful facility with nice amenities. Only downsides to my stay was the on-premise wi-fi service kept going down and the limited dining hours at the resort restaurants. Beware of the $49 cheeseburger! It was Quite delicious and I expected higher prices on the island but not quite that high. Also, ...
We stayed in Villa Tamanu for one of the nights during our honeymoon, and wished we would have stayed there the whole time. We loved the privacy and all the space. There were kayaks and the villa was right off the water. The pool and outdoor atmosphere was very relaxing. We would definitely stay ...
We had a wonderful stay at the Vanira Lodge. We loved our open-air bungalow, as we felt one with the natural environment. The insects were not a problem, and the occasional iguana was charming. The sound of birds all around us was delightful!
The room was very nice with a modern touch. The staff member check us in in the middle of the night was very friendly and serve us with a smile, which was great to see after a long flight. The hotel was only 7 minutes walk to the ferry that took us to Moorea island.