The Island of Tahiti. A comprehensive description and general information along with the most popular tours and activities on Tahiti!
often called "The Island of Love" is the largest of the 118 islands and
atolls that comprise French Polynesia. The exotic name "Tahiti" not only
refers to this island but also to the group of islands that comprise French
Papeete, Tahiti's capital is the economic and political heart of French Polynesia.It is also the telecommunications and airline center along with the largest population base of all the islands. It is a busy port city with international cargo freighters, copra ships, luxury liners and sailing yacht charters sharing its harbor. Its streets hum with cars, motor scooters and colorful open-air buses called "le truck". There are fine restaurants and sidewalk cafes offering excellent cuisine to suit all tastes and budgets. Shop for black pearls, hand-blocked fabrics, exquisitely carved bowls, drums, tikis, local shell crafts, baskets and vanilla beans. French imports such as perfumes are available in duty free shops. A "must see" is the Central Market located downtown behind the waterfront. It displays in an open-air fashion local flowers, fruits, fish and Tahitian handicrafts.
Away from the downtown area take a leisurely drive or guided tour around the island and discover the many faces of Tahiti. The scenic drives around Tahiti dazzle the senses with the tropical richness of nature. Country villages pose for postcard scenes and lush tropical flower gardens surround even the most modest of homes. Birdhouse-shaped boxes stand by the road in front of each home, ready to receive the daily delivery of fresh French bread while breadfruit trees with their waxy green leaves shade the road.
Many visitors arriving in Papeete no doubt expect grass huts, natives wearing pareos and the quiet crash of the surf. They are surprised to discover the hustle and bustle of this busy port city. On your way into or out of the outer islands, which offer a more tranquil, romantic setting, Tahiti is an interesting place to stop for a day or two. A stay on Tahiti at the end of your journey is especially convenient for last minute shopping and easy transit to your departing international flight.
Tours and Activities *
Full-Day Circle Island Tour
Drive Interior Island Safari
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*Tours and activities may vary in price and content based on the individual tour operator.
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