Exploring Tahiti Iti
The southern nub of Tahiti is known as Tahiti Iti (meaning Little Tahiti) and is my favorite spot to get off the grid for a few days. Lush and wild looking with deep green velvet mountains, waterfalls, caves and rugged hiking trails it is a refreshing, but unexpected, back to nature element of a destination mostly associated with turquoise lagoons and water sports. It's also home to traditional Polynesian villages, archaeological sites, beautiful black sand beaches and one of the world's most powerful waves, Teahupoo, and with it a sort of relaxed surfer community vibe. Time moves slowly on Tahiti Iti, which still feels undeveloped and uncommercial – something not easily found in today's chaotic, digital world. It's also home to some excellent unique boutique lodging options and family pensions (most of which do have WiFi should you wish to stay connected.
By Becca Blond, AFAR Local Expert
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