Tahiti is the largest island in the South Pacific archipelago of French Polynesia. Shaped like the figure-8, it is divided into two – the larger Tahiti Nui on the west, and the eastern peninsula of Tahiti Iti. The energetic capital city of Pape’ete boasts upscale resorts, museums, vibrant markets, roulottes (food trucks), and boutiques. In comparison, the mountainous interior of the island appears untouched and ancient and is adorned with deep valleys, clear streams, fish-filled lagoons, waterfalls, and mystical archaeological sites. Beach lovers can roll by the black sand beaches on the east coast, white sand beaches on the west coast, and ride the waves at legendary surf spots including Teahupo’o. Home to the only airport in the region Faa’a, Tahiti also makes the perfect base to explore the rest of the Society Islands like Bora Bora.
Beaches & Watersports
Recommended French Polynesia Tours
Places: Tahiti (3 days) → Huahine (2) → Bora Bora (3) → Moorea (4) → Moorea (4)
Tour Highlights: Hiking, Archaeological Sites, Beaches & Watersports, Archaeological Sites, Authentic Local Villages, Hiking, Sailing & Watersports...
The luxury waterfront Manava Suite Resort Tahiti is located on the western side of Tahiti island, ten minutes’ drive from Papeete city center. Each spacious contemporary-style room has been designed by Tahitian designer Bruno Hervochon, and reflects authentic Polynesian décor.
Tahiti Ia Ora Beach Resort by Sofitel is a luxury resort located on the edge of the only white sand beach on Tahiti island. It is set amid tropical gardens that offer panoramic sea views across the lagoon and neighboring Moorea island.