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Welcome to Tahiti

While wide, white-sand beaches are often the object of vacationers' affections, but don't let Tahiti's lack of them deter you. The largest island in the French Polynesia's Windward Islands, Tahiti one-ups those garden variety shorelines with black-sand beaches, formed from the erosion of volcanic materials. Tahiti is home to the raucous capital of Papeete, where cultures from all over Polynesia mix. Papeete, where you'll find the region's only international airport, is where most travelers land, and the city itself is worth exploring. City tours are available—including bus and Segway tours—and include stops at highlights such as the beautiful Notre Dame Cathedral, the Municipal Market (Marché de Papeete), and the bust of Pouvanaa a Oopa. Then, it's time to experience some of Tahiti's natural phenomena in the mountainous, rainforested interior—tours via 4WD, either self-drive or guided, are popular. Be sure to hit island landmarks such as the scenic lookout at Taharaa, beaches of Matavai Bay at Venus Point, and the Arahoho Blowhole (Trou de Souffleur de Arahoho). The west coast of the island is home to ancient Polynesian temples, where you can learn the history of the Polynesian people. Further insight into the South Pacific's flora and fauna can be found at the Vaipahi Gardens. Water sports are a major draw, and floating in the cerulean waters among the abundant marine life is part of the package, whether on a sunset cruise, a whale-watching cruise, or a ride out to watch the surfers tackle the Teahupoo waves.

Top attractions in Tahiti for Fall

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Arahoho Blowhole (Trou de Souffleur de Arahoho)

Arahoho Blowhole (Trou de Souffleur de Arahoho)

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Perched along the rocky coast of Tahiti and bordered by a scenic black sand beach, Arahoho Blowhole is one of the island’s most visited natural wonders. As waves crash against the shore, a powerful geyser-like eruption sends spectacular plumes of water into the air, wowing visitors and creating the opportunity for some impressive photos.More
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Faarumai Waterfalls

Faarumai Waterfalls

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There are numerous waterfalls all over Tahiti, but the most popular and accessible are the three waterfalls at Faarumai, also known as the Cascades of Faarumai. The three majestic falls are surrounded by tropical vegetation and are more easily reachable than other waterfall sites in Tahiti. Although you may see visitors taking a dip in the pools, swimming here was outlawed after someone was injured.More
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Marché de Pape'ete (Pape'ete Market)

Marché de Pape'ete (Pape'ete Market)

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The sights, sounds and smells of authentic Polynesian life are on offer at Pape'ete’s main market, the Marché de Pape'ete (Pape'ete Market). The indoor market hall is the commercial and social hub of Tahiti’s laid-back capital and the oldest surviving institution on the island.More
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Bougainville Park (Parc Bougainville)

Bougainville Park (Parc Bougainville)

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This small park with a tranquil stream, benches, lush vegetation, and an enormous banyan tree providing shade to visitors was named after Louis Antoine de Bougainville, a French explorer who believed he had discovered Tahiti and claimed it for France, unaware that less than a year prior it had been discovered by Samuel Wallis.More
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Notre Dame Cathedral (Cathedrale de Notre Dame)

Notre Dame Cathedral (Cathedrale de Notre Dame)

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Recognizable for its sunny yellow façade, Notre Dame Cathedral (Cathedrale de Notre Dame) is one of the oldest and largest churches in Papeete. The Gothic structure was originally built between 1844 and 1875 but has been destroyed and restored several times, most recently in 1987.More
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Papeete Town Hall (Mairie de Papeete)

Papeete Town Hall (Mairie de Papeete)

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This butter-cup yellow building is surrounded by palm trees, a pond, and manicured gardens. The Tahitian flag flies proudly atop Papeete Town Hall, while inside, crystal chandeliers, glass furnishings, historical artifacts, and pink Italian marble give the space an air of grandeur.More
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Paofai Gardens (Jardin de Paofai)

Paofai Gardens (Jardin de Paofai)

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Stretching from To'Ata Square to Vaiete Square, Paofai Gardens (Waterfront Esplanade) are ideal for scenic strolling. Watch boats sail by as you enjoy snacks from vendors selling fresh juices, popcorn, and French pastries, who enhance the Parisian feel of the park.More
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To'ata Square (Tahua To'ata)

To'ata Square (Tahua To'ata)

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To'ata Square (Place To'ata) is the main hub for cultural events, performances, rock concerts, and festivals in Papeete, including the annual Heiva Festival, the largest annual cultural festival in Tahiti. Anchoring the square is a 5,000-seat pavilion with an outdoor stage. Onsite snack bars sell light bites and drinks in the evenings.More
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Museum of Tahiti and the Islands (Musée de Tahiti et des Îles)

Museum of Tahiti and the Islands (Musée de Tahiti et des Îles)

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The Museum of Tahiti and the Islands (Musée de Tahiti et des Îles represents one of the world’s most important repositories of cultural and natural studies concerning the Polynesian archipelago. It is divided into four sections, covering nature and anthropology, habitations and artifacts, social and religious life, and the history of French Polynesia. The permanent exhibition room is currently closed for renovations, but a temporary space with major pieces is open.More
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Vaima Shopping Centre

Vaima Shopping Centre

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The Vaima Shopping Centre is the largest shopping mall in Tahiti, French Polynesia's main island. This multilevel mall opened in 1977 and is located in the capital city of Papeete. At the Vaima Shopping Centre, visitors can shop at high end stores for clothing, jewelry, shoes, electronics, art, and much more. Some worldwide brands include Nike, Billabong, and Bose, but there are also many other local stores at the mall. It's a great place to buy souvenirs and island themed clothing. The mall is well known for its French bookstores that sell books in both English and French in many different genres and maps of the French Polynesian islands. A popular item to shop for in Tahiti is the Tahitian black pearl, and there are several shops in the Vaima Shopping Centre that specialize in black pearls.The mall has restaurants and cafes, so you can take a break from shopping to get something to eat. There are also a few travel agents, airline offices, a locksmith and shoe repair shop, salons and a bank.More

Top activities in Tahiti

6-hour Snorkeling & Lunch Tour - Shared Tour
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Tahiti Island Crossing

Tahiti Island Crossing

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Moorea Solo or Twin ATV Tour

Moorea Solo or Twin ATV Tour

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Enjoy Moorea Day Tour
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Enjoy Moorea Day Tour

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Sunset Cruise : Moorea Sailing on a Catamaran named Taboo
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Unique Tahiti Tour - private, personalised, small group, east coast tour
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private Tahiti island discovery

private Tahiti island discovery

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Moorea Combo Jet Ski & ATV

Moorea Combo Jet Ski & ATV

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PRIVATE Full Day Tour : Moorea Snorkeling & Sailing on a Catamaran named Taboo
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Tahiti island Tours
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Recent reviews from experiences in Tahiti

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Great Guide!
Kelci_W, May 2022
Tahiti island Tours
This tour was a great way to get to see tahiti and gain some knowledge in the process.
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Excellent tour-highly recommend!
herndonhouse, Apr 2022
Private Island Tour
he graciously accommodated our request to see the James Norman Hall house.
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West tahiti
ellen_d, Apr 2022
Unique Tahiti Tour - private, personalised, small group, west coast tour
Great waterfall and awesome flowers
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Fantastic tour with a wonderful guide!
Kathleen_U, Mar 2022
Unique Tahiti Tour - private, personalised, small group, west coast tour
Waterfall, black sand beaches, botanical gardens, surfing, a cave and more!
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A. May. Zing!
craig_g, Mar 2022
Private Island Tour
The service was the best way to see the island of Tahiti.
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Don’t Miss Seeing Tahiti!
Stephanie_O, Mar 2022
private Tahiti island discovery
He speaks English well and gave us an excellent tour around the island of Tahiti.
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Tahiti in a nutshell
netter75, Mar 2022
Amazing attractions of Tahiti charming island – Private half day circle tour
This tour was a great way to get an overall view of Tahiti, lovely waterfalls.
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Stunning and worth the day trip
Abigail_M, Dec 2021
Tahiti Island Crossing
Stunning views of inside tahiti and we couldn’t keep track of the waterfalls.
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The must-do tour of Tahiti
Christine_L, Apr 2022
Tahiti Island Crossing
The interior was a lot more adventurous than I'd expected, with dramatically steep black hillsides, jagged peaks, gravel roads and beautiful waterfalls.
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Craig_G, Mar 2022
Amazing attractions of Tahiti charming island – Private half day circle tour
Waterfalls, Black Sand beaches, Botanical Gardens, Island springs… We had lunch in Tahiti-iti… another exceptional recommendation from Natalia!
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Delightful and informative
Kristin_P, Mar 2022
Private TAHITI Half-day 5h Circle Island Tour (Departs 8am or 1pm)
We especially loved seeing the long-tailed white birds flying around the waterfall.
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Fabrice is a great tour guide!!!
Caryn_L, Mar 2022
Tahiti island Tours
It was really interesting to see the highlights of the Island that we didn't get to see while staying in Papeete.
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Outstanding Tour of Moorea
MichaelMcNeely, Jan 2022
Blue Pearl Private Tour - Special Offer
Just the perfect tour for someone that wants to see the island in just a few hours, and most importantly, the absolute best that Moorea has to offer!
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Great way to see the island with a knowledgeable guide!
Antoine_R, Jan 2022
Private TAHITI Half-day 5h Circle Island Tour (Departs 8am or 1pm)
The tour was a convenient and efficient way to see as much as we could in the short time we had on Tahiti.
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Great tour of the island!
Victoria_O, Dec 2021
Enjoy Moorea Day Tour
We got to see a variety of sights around the island that we wouldn’t have gotten to see otherwise.
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Such a great day, totally unforgettable experience. Thank you, Pierre!
Jazmine_K, Nov 2021
Enjoy Moorea Day Tour
If you want to see all of Moorea and have a fabulous day, definitely book this tour.
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Island tour in a few hours!
Heloisa_J, Nov 2021
Tahiti Island Tour Including Venus Point, Taharaa View Point and Vaipahi Gardens
It was a wonderful way to see what Tahiti has to offer in half a day.
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Wonderful
Nicole_C, Dec 2021
Private Island Tour
5 stars 🌟 what a way to see Tahiti
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Wonderful day! Fantastic guide!
Emilie_A, Jul 2021
Private TAHITI Full-day 8 hour Circle Island Tour
Would recommend this tour to anyone who wants to see the best of Tahiti in one day.
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Round the Island
Richard H, Jan 2020
Private Tahiti Island Tour - Half Day
You get to see the highlights.
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