Tahiti is the largest island in the Islands of Tahiti archipelago in the South Pacific, commonly known as French Polynesia. Whether snorkeling a turquoise lagoon or surfing a black-sand beach, hiking to a waterfall or just to your hammock, or marveling at the colors of Papeete Market or at the agility of traditional dancers, it offers a mix of culture, adventure, and indulgence. Lodging is more affordable in Tahiti than on her sister islands, and you won't need to arrange onward transport. But just because the island is convenient—an eight-hour direct flight from L.A.—doesn't make it any less alluring as a destination itself.