Tahiti, the largest of the Tahitian islands, is encircled by a stunning blue lagoon, fringed by pristine beaches and crowned by a series of majestic peaks.
About an equal distance from Los Angeles as it is from Sydney, Tahiti is divided into two main areas, known as Tahiti Nui and Tahiti Iti. Papeete is the capital of Tahiti and the economic hub of the Islands of Tahiti. Discover vibrant markets, pearl shops and charming boutiques in a destination that is truly unique and unforgettable.
Le Marché, the fragrant and colourful downtown market is a brilliant place to visit, with Tahitian crafts and produce on offer; treat yourself to vanilla beans, monoi oil or a pareo, a type of sarong. Once you’ve explored the city at your leisure, join the locals at waterfront promenade, Vai’ete Square, at sunset to enjoy the cuisine from gourmet food trucks.
With mountainous peaks and rainforests to explore, Tahiti features many hiking trails. Some will take you past waterfalls with freshwater pools below, perfect for a refreshing dip. The northwestern section of the island – Tahiti Nui – contains three extinct volcanoes, which provide the stunning backdrop to this tropical paradise. Mount Orohena is the tallest mountain in the Islands of Tahiti.
As with most tropical islands, Tahiti’s beaches are the main event. There are beaches with black sand on the east coast and white sandy shores on the west side, while the beaches in less developed areas, such as Venus Beach, are quiet and rustic.
The rugged coastline is home to an abundance of wildlife and tropical flowers, including over 100 species of birds. Offshore there is incredibly diverse marine life, including rainbow-coloured coral as well as tiger sharks, manta rays, giant turtles, dolphins and more. With many diving spots off the Tahiti coast, underwater exploration is well catered for here.