Get away to romantic Tahiti! Enjoy the island views, beaches and sunsets.

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
InterContinental Resort Tahiti
InterContinental Resort Tahiti
4.5 out of 5
Pointe Tata A, Faaa, Tahiti
Rs18,771
per night
27 Oct-28 Oct

Located on the waterfront, this family-friendly resort is within 6 mi (10 km) of Place Jacques Chirac, Plage Toaroto, and Papeete Market. Parc Bougainville and ...

4.2/5Excellent! (754 reviews)

"The food was fantastic, the scenery was beautiful, the concierge service was phenomenal, the service at the restaurants and bars was good as well but very very slow."…"

Reviewed on 13 Oct 2019

InterContinental Resort Tahiti
Tahiti Ia Ora Beach Resort - Managed by Sofitel
Tahiti Ia Ora Beach Resort - Managed by Sofitel
4 out of 5
Unnamed Rd, Tamanu, Punaauia, Tahiti
Rs18,480
per night
22 Oct-23 Oct

Nestled on the beach, this Punaauia resort is within 1 mi (2 km) of Plage Toaroto and Museum of Tahiti. Vai'ava Beach and Mahana Park are also within 3 miles ...

3.9/5Very Good! (673 reviews)

"Very friendly staff, excellent facilities and very comfortable room."…"

Reviewed on 16 Oct 2019

Tahiti Ia Ora Beach Resort - Managed by Sofitel
Manava Suite Resort Tahiti
Manava Suite Resort Tahiti
4 out of 5
BP 2851 Punavai, Punaauia, Tahiti
Rs15,016
per night
20 Oct-21 Oct

Situated on the waterfront, this spa hotel is 2.9 mi (4.7 km) from Plage Toaroto and 3.1 mi (4.9 km) from Museum of Tahiti. Vai'ava Beach and Mahana Park are ...

4/5Very Good! (813 reviews)

"From arriving to departure we had a fantastic stay at Manava Suite Resort. The staff are very friendly and are always willing to help. The facilities are incredible and the resort is in a great location to everthing."…"

Reviewed on 16 Oct 2019

Manava Suite Resort Tahiti

Popular things to do in Tahiti

Papeete Market
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Papeete Market

3.5/5(2 reviews)

Divine aromas, delightful tastes and a sea of color stir the senses in this traditional marketplace full of exotic fruit, tropical fish and handmade artifacts.

Black Sand Beach
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Black Sand Beach

5/5(1 review)

Marvel at the shiny pebbles and sand of this black beach and snap photos of the elegant lighthouse on a historic location.

Black Pearl Museum
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Black Pearl Museum

4/5(1 review)

One of the largest pearls ever found is displayed in this museum which is entirely dedicated to the mystical gems.

Parc Bougainville
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Parc Bougainville

4/5(1 review)

This tropical park is home to exotic flora and an historic statue. It is an ideal spot for a picnic in the shade of a banyan tree.

Papeete Town Hall
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Papeete Town Hall

5/5(1 review)

This inspiring structure is the city’s preeminent architectural triumph with its bright colonial features, picturesque grounds and iconic clock tower.

Pointe Venus Lighthouse
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Pointe Venus Lighthouse

4/5(1 review)

Enjoy panoramic views of the ocean and learn about the intriguing history behind this unusual-shaped lighthouse and its historic location.