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Cultural and Culinary Highlights of The Islands of Tahiti

From the first “ia ora na” (hello) greeting to soulful dances and archeological sites, culture runs deep in The Islands of Tahiti. The region’s singular location has helped preserve its ancient Polynesian roots, which mix with French influences and contemporary movements in fascinating ways. Locals take pride in their traditions, including the concept of mana—the life force that connects all things. It’s not long before visitors are swept up in the warm and inspiring atmosphere. Here’s a taste.
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The modern world will fall away as you take in the well-preserved ancient sacred sites on the islands of Hiva Oa and Nuku Hiva. You’ll feel the deep, ancient spirit of mana on an archeological discovery safari tour, as you wander around what were...
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Society Islands, French Polynesia
The main island of Tahiti is a great place to get a feel for the region’s contemporary side—and fuel up at the roulottes (food trucks) lining the waterfront. Beyond its capital of Papeete, a 4-wheel-drive safari through the lush interior can bring...
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Gambier Islands, French Polynesia
More than a thousand miles from the hub island of Tahiti, the far-flung Gambier Islands became the cradle of Catholicism in the region after the arrival of the first missionaries in the 19th century. Today, evidence of those influences can be seen...
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French influences turn up throughout The Islands of Tahiti, particularly in the refined flavors and elegant presentations of its cuisine. There’s even a working winery in the area, so visitors can go completely “local” in their meals, pairing...
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Austral Islands, French Polynesia
Hundreds of miles from the main Society Islands, along the Tropic of Capricorn, the five Austral Islands have remained relatively undeveloped and traditional, making this an ideal place to get an authentic feel for life in this idyllic part of the...