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Dreaming of an idyllic escape? With its pristine waters, enchanting resorts and the strings of gorgeous islands scattering the sea, Tahiti is breathtaking and completely unbelievable. For ‘pinch yourself’ moments like overwater bungalows, seaside feasts and legendary surf spots, come experience an island escape unlike any other, made easy with our Tahiti travel guide.

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Places to stay

From villas over the ocean to basic bungalows, there’s no shortage of accommodation in Tahiti. Looking for affordable family hotels? Why not stay in the capital, Pape’ete, where you can experience Tahitian nightlife and stroll around the markets.

For those looking for the perfect swell, head to Teahupoo, on the Southern edge of Tahiti. If you’re more interested in the finer things in life head to Moorea Island, where you can swim in fish-filled lagoons and explore the surrounding reef.

After a glimpse of Tahitian life? Take a trip to the Gambier Islands, and stay in one of the Island’s family-run lodges. If you’d prefer to spend your holiday in seclusion, book your accommodation at the Brando Resort, on Marlon Brando’s private Island, Tetiaroa. Or for a castaway style romantic escape, stay on the tiny Vaine island.

Things to do

From surfing the famous Teahupo’o swell to sampling the vanilla in Tahaa’s famous vanilla plantations, there’s never a dull moment on this island paradise. For surfers, there’s nothing like rising with the sun and stealing away for a morning paddle. Papara is a popular beach break for those who aren’t ready for heavier reefs, Ha'apiti is a challenging wave off Moorea to boat out to, or visit the famed Teahupo'o to watch the heavyweights surf its perfect waves.

If you prefer to glide beneath the waves rather than on them, The Cargo Ship and the sunken WW2 Catalina plane are a dream for wreck divers while snorkellers and divers of all abilities can explore the vibrant waters of Rangiroa's, The Aquarium. For fun, hire an underwater scooter to admire the marine life in crystal clear waters.

For shopping visit Le Marché de Papeete, a waterfront market filled with Tahitian-made crafts and artisans selling everything from black pearl jewellery to carvings and quilts.

If you’re a keen cook or lover of the sweet side of life, venture off for a tour at Vallee de la Vanille—one of Tahaa’s famous vanilla plantations— where you can sample different vanilla-infused products. The famous ‘roulettes’ and nightly food trucks, along Place Vai'ete, are a lively and local dining scene with crêpes and pizzas served with live music most weekends. When it comes to Tahiti, all you have to do is pick your paradise.


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These Overwater Bungalows in Tahiti Are Just Paradise

Tahiti was once best known for a torrid history as the chosen home of Bounty mutineers and the sensuous depictions of Tahitian women by French artist Paul Gauguin. Nowadays, though, the word Tahiti conjures vivid daydreams of densely forested and mountainous islands with picturesque thatched-roof bungalows at their shores, hovering over the clear lapping waters. The islands of Tahiti made it onto the international tourist map when the first-ever overwater bungalows were built over the cerulean lagoons of Raiatea and Moorea in 1967. The overwater style has since become a byword for tropical luxury and you’ll find them in the Maldives, Hamilton Island, the Seychelles – any island worth its sand. Tahiti’s original humble structures on stilts above the coral have evolved, too. Iconic luxury hotels have created their own versions of the overwater bungalow boasting private decks, infinity pools, hammocks suspended over the water and glass-floored bedrooms. Now, there are more than 900 such overwater accommodations spread over the 118 islands that make up Tahiti. These are some of our favourites.

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Heiva festival

In July, one of the longest-running festivals in the world takes over Tahiti. For a month, every island showcases French Polynesian culture as a part of the Heiva festivities.

The capital Pape'ete hosts traditional song and dance competitions,  stone lifting competitions, canoe races and fruit carrying contests. Making it an iconic event and symbolic celebration of life.

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Bora Bora

Just a short flight from Tahiti lies the magical Bora Bora. Renowned for its magical blue lagoons and luxury bungalows, the Island is a haven of lush valleys, white sandy beaches and tropical coral.

Explore the island to find find lush valleys filled with hibiscus flowers and palms. An popular honeymoon destination to stoll along the white sandy beaches, snorkel and unwind.

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Getting around

Getting from the airport: when you land at Faa'a International Airport, your hotel or cruise line representative should arrange onward travel, or there are car hire options available. If you're flying on to other islands, Air Tahiti flights also leave from Faa'a Airport. Ferries to Moorea leave from the waterfront in downtown Papeete.

Around the island of Tahiti: to get around Papeete and the surrounding towns, the public transit system offers large white 'RTC' buses. Taxis are also available, best arranged by your hotel concierge. In downtown Papeete, the waterfront, restaurants, and shopping are all in walking distance.

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