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Nicknamed the Queen of the Pacific, this island is rich in natural beauty, lively island culture and unique cuisine, influenced by the region’s French heritage.

Find the most dynamic of French Polynesia’s sun and sand in Tahiti, the biggest of this archipelago’s 118 islands. Its main city, Papeete, is a hub for local culture, traditional cuisine and provides access to the island’s natural marvels.

Tahiti Nui refers to the busy northwestern areas of the island. Get around by hitching a ride with friendly locals, or hire a car and explore the coastal highways. The relatively untouched southeastern side is called Tahiti Iti and can only be reached by boat or walking.

In Papeete, discover the fascinating history of South Pacific black pearls at the Pearl Museum. Find local jewellery at Quartier du Commerce and then sample tropical fruits at Marché Municipal.

Try Tahitian cuisine, which blends ingredients from France and the South Pacific together. Though much of the island is expensive, some of the best meals are found downtown in roulottes, cheap food trucks that serve local dishes. The poisson cru, a fish cured in lime juice and coconut milk, has an especially remarkable flavour and goes well with a drink at a waterfront bar. For some local entertainment, attend one of Les Ateliers “Te Oro” dance workshops.

One of Tahiti’s best treasures is its mountainous natural beauty. Hike through tropical forests to Mont Aorai and feel the vapour of waterfalls in the Faarumai Valley. Take a jeep tour to Mont Marau or see ancient Polynesian constructs a Marae Arahurahu. The Heiva I Tahiti festival is held here in July.

Travel 16 kilometres (10 miles) west of Papeete to Punaauia, where the Museum of Tahiti provides details of local history and the picturesque coast looks out onto Moorea Island. Mataiea, 51 kilometres (32 miles) west of Papeete, has a fascinating Botanical Garden that houses tropical plants from around the globe.

See the colourful marine ecosystems around Punaauia and Papeete with scuba diving or snorkelling tours. Alternatively, see local fish from dry land at the Lagoonarium. Surfers will want to catch a ride at Teahupo’o, which is famous for reef breaks and whale sightings.

Papeete is home to the island’s only international airport, and has semi-regular flights to Auckland and the major hubs of Europe, North America, South America and Northern Asia.

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Tahiti Airport Motel NZ$162
Tahiti Airport Motel

Tahiti Airport Motel

Cite De L' Air, Faaa
    of 5, from 1,216 reviews
    2.5 out of 5.0

    Situated near the airport, this hotel is within 6 mi (10 km) of Place Jacques Chirac, Black Pearl Museum, and Cathedrale de L'lmmaculee Conception. Papeete Market and Port de Pape'ete are also within 6 mi (10 km).

    InterContinental Resort Tahiti NZ$391
    InterContinental Resort Tahiti

    InterContinental Resort Tahiti

    Pointe Tata A, Faaa
      of 5, from 588 reviews
      4.5 out of 5.0

      Located on the waterfront, this family-friendly resort is within 6 mi (10 km) of Place Jacques Chirac, Papeete Market, and Parc Bougainville. Black Pearl Museum and Museum of Tahiti are also within 6 mi (10 km).

      Manava Suite Resort Tahiti NZ$279
      Manava Suite Resort Tahiti

      Manava Suite Resort Tahiti

      BP 2851 Punavai, Punaauia
        of 5, from 589 reviews
        4.0 out of 5.0

        Located on the west coast of Tahiti, in Punaauia, this resort is situated on the edge of a lagoon. The property is just two minutes from the Taapuna surf spot, 5 minutes from Tahiti airport, 10 minutes from the ferry terminal for Moorea, 2 minutes from a mall and a marina, and 10 minutes from Papeete's center.

        Tahiti Pearl Beach Resort NZ$303
        Tahiti Pearl Beach Resort

        Tahiti Pearl Beach Resort

        Lafayette Beach PK7, Arue
          of 5, from 264 reviews
          4.0 out of 5.0

          Nestled on the beach, this Arue hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of James Norman Hall Home, Black Sand Beach, and Tomb of King Pomare V. Pointe Venus Lighthouse is 2.6 mi (4.2 km) away.

          Tahiti Ia Ora Beach Resort - Managed by Sofitel NZ$414
          Tahiti Ia Ora Beach Resort - Managed by Sofitel

          Tahiti Ia Ora Beach Resort - Managed by Sofitel

          Unnamed Rd, Tamanu, Punaauia
            of 5, from 623 reviews
            4.0 out of 5.0

            Situated in Punaauia, this beach resort is close to Museum of Tahiti, Vai'ava Beach, and Mahana Park. Area attractions also include Marae Arahurahu Temple and Punaauia Beach.

            Hotel Sarah Nui NZ$146
            Hotel Sarah Nui

            Hotel Sarah Nui

            BP 4354 Fare Tony, Papeete
              of 5, from 650 reviews
              3.0 out of 5.0

              Situated in the business district, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Port de Pape'ete, Papeete Town Hall, and Papeete Market. Black Pearl Museum and Cathedrale de L'lmmaculee Conception are also within 15 minutes.

              Ahitea Lodge NZ$99
              Ahitea Lodge

              Ahitea Lodge

              Avenue Chef Vairaatoa Fariipiti, Papeete, Fariipiti
                of 5, from 8 reviews
                2.5 out of 5.0

                Situated near the beach in Papeete, this guesthouse is close to Papeete Town Hall, Port de Pape'ete and Papeete Market. Also nearby are Black Pearl Museum and Cathedrale de L'lmmaculee Conception.

                Mahana Lodge Hostel & Backpacker NZ$95
                Mahana Lodge Hostel & Backpacker

                Mahana Lodge Hostel & Backpacker

                BP 44983, Papeete
                  of 5, from 51 reviews
                  2.0 out of 5.0

                  Located in the heart of Papeete, this hostel is steps from Papeete Market and Papeete Town Hall.

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