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The Best of What to Do in Tahiti

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Although many travelers see Tahiti only as a mandatory international entry point to French Polynesia, it really is a destination in its own right. It's different from the other islands, with a bustling capital, a lush, waterfall-studded interior that is perfect for hiking, and the best surfing in French Polynesia—possibly the world. It is also more affordable to plan a vacation to Tahiti than outer islands like Bora Bora. And you can always pop over to Moorea on the ferry for a day trip.
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Pape'ete, French Polynesia
You can drive the 71-mile circular road around Tahiti Nui in a day, either by renting a car for a day or by joining a guided tour (your hotel will have info for either). Either way, the loop road takes you along the wild and rocky east coast,...
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Pā'ea, French Polynesia
If you need to hone your surfing skills, no worries, Tahiti has some fabulous beginner breaks plus warm water! Tura'i Mataare Surf School offers private and small group surf lessons to anyone over the age of 5-years. The 3 hour and 30 minute...
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French Polynesia
Dedicated to Paul Gauguin's life during the years he lived on Tahiti and in the Marquesas, the Gauguin Museum sits within the beautiful Harrison Smith Botanical Gardens and features exhibits and memorabilia from the late painter himself, including...
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BP 42199 Fare Tony Papeete, Tiarei Pk 27,500 cote montagne, Tiarei 98708, French Polynesia
The right swell conditions produce a geyser-like fountain of water that looks very impressive coming up from what is known as the trou du souffleur (blowhole). Located by the road just before Tiarei at PK22 -- if you're coming from Papeete, the...
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Hitia'a, French Polynesia
On Tahiti's rocky east coast, the volcanic Lava Tubes of Hitiaa are underground channels and eroded sections of rock in caves that have been penetrated by water. Although you can visit solo, it is really best to visit with a guided 4WD tour. Check...
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Tahiti, French Polynesia
Enriching and Inspiring Explorations of the World’s Most Enchanting Destinations Paul Gauguin Cruises offers luxurious, small ship voyages in Tahiti, French Polynesia, and the South Pacific, on the award-winning, 332-guest m/s Paul Gauguin, and in...
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InterContinental Tahiti Resort, BP42692, Pape'ete 98713, French Polynesia
With shallow waters, oceanic drop-offs, sunken ships, bright coral walls and diverse marine life, Tahiti is perfect for both beginning and advanced divers, and if you've never dived before, but want to experience the underwater world, you can do...
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The Museum of Tahiti and Her Islands is considered to be one of the best and most beautiful museums in the South Pacific. Polynesian history is carefully recorded and presented at the Museum of Tahiti and Her Islands, located about 10 miles south...
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Captain James Cook set up his observatory at Point Venus, one of the loveliest spots on the island. The transit of Venus, which happens maybe once a century, lets observers here see the planet move across the sun. (That’s the official reason for...