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.

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Top hotels in Tahiti

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
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InterContinental Resort Tahiti
4.5 out of 5
Pointe Tata A, Faaa
13 Aug-14 Aug
4.2/5Excellent! (695 reviews)

"What a beautiful property!! This was an overnight stay before going on to Bora Bora. We LOVED snorkeling, walking around, the breakfast buffet and a wonderful nights sleep! It was the perfect stop after our long flight! Highly recommend!"…"

Reviewed on 27 Jun 2019

InterContinental Resort Tahiti
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Manava Suite Resort Tahiti
4 out of 5
BP 2851 Punavai, Punaauia
21 Jul-22 Jul
4/5Very Good! (748 reviews)

"The view outside our balcony of the island of Moorea."…"

Reviewed on 14 Jul 2019

Manava Suite Resort Tahiti
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Tahiti Ia Ora Beach Resort - Managed by Sofitel
4 out of 5
Unnamed Rd, Tamanu, Punaauia
26 Jul-27 Jul
3.9/5Very Good! (656 reviews)

"Amazing property, amazing service. Bungalows are beautiful and modern and when you pay for the over the water bungalow, they actually provide lots of amenities and don't nickle and dime you like the other hotels. Restaurant is also one of the best on islands."…"

Reviewed on 5 Jul 2019

Tahiti Ia Ora Beach Resort - Managed by Sofitel

Popular things to do in Tahiti

Papeete Market
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Papeete Market

You can enjoy some retail therapy when you visit Papeete Market, a popular shopping spot in Papeete. Wander through the seaside and beautiful beaches in this romantic area.

Black Sand Beach
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Black Sand Beach

If a restful holiday is part of your travel plans, Black Sand Beach might be the perfect place to visit during your trip to Mahina. Make some time to visit the monuments while you're in the area.

Black Pearl Museum
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Black Pearl Museum

You can spend an afternoon browsing the exhibits at Black Pearl Museum during your trip to Papeete. Stroll along the beautiful beaches or visit the shops in this romantic area.

Parc Bougainville
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Parc Bougainville

Explore the great outdoors at Parc Bougainville, a lovely green space in Pā'ōfa'i. Wander through the seaside and beautiful beaches in this romantic area.

Papeete Town Hall
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Papeete Town Hall

After visiting Papeete Town Hall, make a plan to see the other sights and activities in Papeete. Wander through the seaside and beautiful beaches in this romantic area.

Pointe Venus Lighthouse
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Pointe Venus Lighthouse

Enjoy a stop at Pointe Venus Lighthouse, a landmark worth seeing in Mahina. Wander through the seaside and beautiful beaches in this romantic area.