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Welcome to Tahiti

While wide, white-sand beaches are often the object of vacationers' affections, but don't let Tahiti's lack of them deter you. The largest island in the French Polynesia's Windward Islands, Tahiti one-ups those garden variety shorelines with black-sand beaches, formed from the erosion of volcanic materials. Tahiti is home to the raucous capital of Papeete, where cultures from all over Polynesia mix. Papeete, where you'll find the region's only international airport, is where most travelers land, and the city itself is worth exploring. City tours are available—including bus and Segway tours—and include stops at highlights such as the beautiful Notre Dame Cathedral, the Municipal Market (Marché de Papeete), and the bust of Pouvanaa a Oopa. Then, it's time to experience some of Tahiti's natural phenomena in the mountainous, rainforested interior—tours via 4WD, either self-drive or guided, are popular. Be sure to hit island landmarks such as the scenic lookout at Taharaa, beaches of Matavai Bay at Venus Point, and the Arahoho Blowhole (Trou de Souffleur de Arahoho). The west coast of the island is home to ancient Polynesian temples, where you can learn the history of the Polynesian people. Further insight into the South Pacific's flora and fauna can be found at the Vaipahi Gardens. Water sports are a major draw, and floating in the cerulean waters among the abundant marine life is part of the package, whether on a sunset cruise, a whale-watching cruise, or a ride out to watch the surfers tackle the Teahupoo waves.

Top 10 attractions in Tahiti

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Faarumai Waterfalls

Faarumai Waterfalls

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There are numerous waterfalls all over Tahiti, but the most popular and accessible are the three waterfalls at Faarumai, known as the Cascades of Faarumai. Turning off the main coastal road, a dirt track cuts through the teeming jungle to a parking spot. From there a 5 minute walk brings you to the first cascade, Vaima Hutu. This is a truly impressive sight, with crystal clear water rushing down a sheer rock face into a cool, inviting pool.The other two waterfalls – Haamaremare and Haamaremare Iti – are close by each other about 30 minutes’ walk away, and are well worth seeking out.More
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Arahoho Blowhole (Trou de Souffleur de Arahoho)

Arahoho Blowhole (Trou de Souffleur de Arahoho)

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Perched along the rocky coast of Tahiti and bordered by a scenic black sand beach, Arahoho Blowhole is one of the island’s most visited natural wonders. As waves crash against the shore, a powerful geyser-like eruption sends spectacular plumes of water into the air, wowing visitors and creating the opportunity for some impressive photos.More
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Marché de Pape'ete (Pape'ete Market)

Marché de Pape'ete (Pape'ete Market)

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The sights, sounds and smells of authentic Polynesian life are on offer at Pape'ete’s main market, the Marché de Pape'ete (Pape'ete Market). The indoor market hall is the commercial and social hub of Tahiti’s laid-back capital and the oldest surviving institution on the island.More
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Robert Wan Pearl Museum (Musee de la Perle Robert Wan)

Robert Wan Pearl Museum (Musee de la Perle Robert Wan)

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Established by local entrepreneur Robert Wan, Robert Wan Pearl Museum (Musee de la Perle Robert Wan) explores the role of the pearl in art, history, and literature. Exhibits reveal how pearls get from the sea to the display case and how ocean jewels were associated with religious rites and coveted as status symbols.More
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Notre Dame Cathedral (Cathedrale de Notre Dame)

Notre Dame Cathedral (Cathedrale de Notre Dame)

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Recognizable for its sunny yellow façade, Notre Dame Cathedral (Cathedrale de Notre Dame) is one of the oldest and largest churches in Papeete. The Gothic structure was originally built between 1844 and 1875 but has been destroyed and restored several times, most recently in 1987.More
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Bougainville Park (Parc Bougainville)

Bougainville Park (Parc Bougainville)

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This small park with a tranquil stream, benches, lush vegetation, and an enormous banyan tree providing shade to visitors was named after Louis Antoine de Bougainville, a French explorer who believed he had discovered Tahiti and claimed it for France, unaware that less than a year prior it had been discovered by Samuel Wallis.More
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Vai'ete Square (Place Vai'ete)

Vai'ete Square (Place Vai'ete)

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Located in downtown Papeete, Vai'ete Square (Place Vai’ete) is a nice place to take a relaxing waterfront stroll during the day. At night, however, the atmosphere becomes much more lively as colorful food wagons (roulottes) offering local cuisine and decadent desserts open to the masses.More
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Vaima Shopping Centre

Vaima Shopping Centre

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The Vaima Shopping Centre is the largest shopping mall in Tahiti, French Polynesia's main island. This multilevel mall opened in 1977 and is located in the capital city of Papeete. At the Vaima Shopping Centre, visitors can shop at high end stores for clothing, jewelry, shoes, electronics, art, and much more. Some worldwide brands include Nike, Billabong, and Bose, but there are also many other local stores at the mall. It's a great place to buy souvenirs and island themed clothing. The mall is well known for its French bookstores that sell books in both English and French in many different genres and maps of the French Polynesian islands. A popular item to shop for in Tahiti is the Tahitian black pearl, and there are several shops in the Vaima Shopping Centre that specialize in black pearls.The mall has restaurants and cafes, so you can take a break from shopping to get something to eat. There are also a few travel agents, airline offices, a locksmith and shoe repair shop, salons and a bank.More
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Paofai Gardens (Jardin de Paofai)

Paofai Gardens (Jardin de Paofai)

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Stretching from To'Ata Square to Vaiete Square, Paofai Gardens (Waterfront Esplanade) are ideal for scenic strolling. Watch boats sail by as you enjoy snacks from vendors selling fresh juices, popcorn, and French pastries, who enhance the Parisian feel of the park.More
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Museum of Tahiti and the Islands (Musée de Tahiti et des Îles)

Museum of Tahiti and the Islands (Musée de Tahiti et des Îles)

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The Museum of Tahiti and the Islands (or Musée de Tahiti et des Îles) represents one of the world’s most important repositories of cultural and natural studies concerning the Polynesian archipelago. It is divided into 4 sections covering nature and anthropology, habitations and artifacts, social and religious life and finally the history of French Polynesia.Costumes, customs, handcrafts and rituals of the island-dwellers are all thoughtfully presented, along with etchings and drawings capturing Europeans’ first impressions of the South Pacific.Natural wonders on show include stuffed birds, preserved plants and a display of seashells, some particularly large. The museum’s own natural surrounds are free to visit, and abound with native species.More

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Recent reviews from experiences in Tahiti

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Wonderful
Nicole_C, Dec 2021
Private Island Tour
5 stars 🌟 what a way to see Tahiti
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Stunning and worth the day trip
Abigail_M, Dec 2021
Papeete Inner Island Full-Day Jeep Safari
Stunning views of inside tahiti and we couldn’t keep track of the waterfalls.
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Island tour in a few hours!
Heloisa_J, Nov 2021
Tahiti Island Tour Including Venus Point, Taharaa View Point and Vaipahi Gardens
It was a wonderful way to see what Tahiti has to offer in half a day.
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Wonderful!
Erica_W, Oct 2021
Private TAHITI Half-day 5h Circle Island Tour (Departs 8am or 1pm)
We saw archaeological sites, beautiful beaches, waterfalls, and more.
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A Wonderful Tour!
mrsgreenb, Jul 2021
Private Island Tour
We were able to see the entire coast of Tahiti Nui with many delightful stops along the way.
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Wonderful day! Fantastic guide!
Emilie_A, Jul 2021
Private TAHITI Full-day 8 hour Circle Island Tour
Would recommend this tour to anyone who wants to see the best of Tahiti in one day.
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Beautiful Tahiti
Terryl_W, Jan 2022
Half day tour
He also speaks excellent English.
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Outstanding Tour of Moorea
MichaelMcNeely, Jan 2022
Blue Pearl Private Tour - Special Offer
Just the perfect tour for someone that wants to see the island in just a few hours, and most importantly, the absolute best that Moorea has to offer!
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Great way to see the island with a knowledgeable guide!
Antoine_R, Jan 2022
Private TAHITI Half-day 5h Circle Island Tour (Departs 8am or 1pm)
The tour was a convenient and efficient way to see as much as we could in the short time we had on Tahiti.
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Great tour of the island!
Victoria_O, Dec 2021
Enjoy Moorea Day Tour
We got to see a variety of sights around the island that we wouldn’t have gotten to see otherwise.
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Such a great day, totally unforgettable experience. Thank you, Pierre!
Jazmine_K, Nov 2021
Enjoy Moorea Day Tour
If you want to see all of Moorea and have a fabulous day, definitely book this tour.
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Highly recommended tour around Tahiti Nui
georginapoloni, Nov 2021
Half day tour
He showed us around the island within 5 hours we visited a temple area, botanical garden - I loved all the colorful flowers- a dark sand beach, a tall waterfall, a cave with natural water etc… I highly recommend booking his tour.
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Car Safari Tahiti Nui Volcano
Gary, Mar 2020
Papeete Inner Island Full-Day Jeep Safari
Nice views of waterfalls and explanation of local ecosystem by a very knowledgeable local tour guide/driver.
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Round the Island
Richard H, Jan 2020
Private Tahiti Island Tour - Half Day
You get to see the highlights.
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This tour was well worthwhile...
Christine B, Nov 2017
Tahiti Island Tour Including Venus Point, Taharaa View Point and Vaipahi Gardens
Tahiti is very beautiful but limited in its tourist attractions.
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THIS TOUR HAS IT ALL
Ross_H, Jul 2021
Unique Tahiti Tour - private, personalised, small group, east coast tour
That’s when the actual tour began… we saw the biggest waterfall ever, black sand beaches, historic lighthouses and TEN FOOT LONG FRESHWATER EELS THAT WALK ON LAND.
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Waterfalls and lava tubes!
George-Tricia, Aug 2020
Unique Tahiti Tour - private, personalised, small group, east coast tour
Our favorites were seeing the lava tube, the lighthouse, and the waterfalls!
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Best Tour of Tahiti!
Klaudia_W, Oct 2021
Half day tour
My husband and I booked this tour because we wanted to see some popular spots in Tahiti and this was a wonderful tour.
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Great FIrst Scuba Experience for My Son
GoodnessCo, Jan 2020
Tahiti Introductory Scuba Dive
However, it was a good learning experience and he was able to see a plane wreck and a couple of small boat wrecks during his time underwater.
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Great way to spend a day seeing Tahiti
Andrea_Y, Jan 2020
Private Tahiti Island Tour - Half Day
Just the right period of time to see the island highlights.
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