Tahiti is the island paradise that you have pictured in your dreams. The main island of French Polynesia boasts a tropical climate, aqua lagoons and vivid white sands. Tahiti holidays offer you the opportunity to make like the rich and famous – spend days exploring the reefs and volcanic mountain ranges of 118 islands and enjoy long nights sipping cocktails in ramshackle beach bars or sleek 5-star hotels. A Tahitian holiday is a once in a lifetime experience.
Things to do
This is an island that encourages relaxation. But if you're looking for things to do in Tahiti, you'll find a wealth of nautical activities in which to get involved. You can try your hand at everything from shark feedings to scuba diving. For something more cultural, head to the Tomb of King Pomare the Fifth, the Arahurahu Marae religious site or the Gauguin museum.
Food & restaurants
Restaurants in Tahiti tend to be upmarket and on the expensive side. Looking for something really special? Head to the Paea precinct, where you will find world-class options like Chez Remy and Le Carre at Le Meridien. For some affordable and authentic fun, try out the 'Roulottes' – food trucks that park up around the Place Vaiete and sell Chinese food, crepes and fresh fish to be enjoyed at their small clusters of tables and chairs.
Tahiti hotels are some of the most luxurious in the whole world. The InterContinental and Le Meridien resorts play host to impressive swimming pools, lush private gardens and top-notch restaurants. If you are in search of more affordable options, try the family-run hotels that sit a ten-minute walk from the main town of Papeete – Ahitea Lodge and Hotel La Mandarin are solid choices.
Tahiti tourism ensures that a well-heeled clientele attract high-end shops to the island – take a stroll down Boulevard Pomare to find everything from designer labels to the island's signature black pearls. For top souvenir shopping, head to Le Marché, the two-storey market in the main town of Papeete. Here you'll be able to purchase Marquesan carved bowls, ukuleles, baskets, woven hats and the local monoi oil.
Dance is extremely important to Tahitian culture. In the evenings, be sure to look out for dance displays where you will see locals carrying out the otea dance. Performers stand in rows, shaking their hips whilst donning grass skirts – it is often confused with the Hawaiian hula.
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