Many overlook Tahiti and head straight for the other islands, but they’d be missing out on the culturally-rich capital, Pape’ete; soaring mountains that are laced with walking trails; and a craggy coastline where diving through coral gardens and shipwrecks continues to lure intrepid adventurers. Luxury holidays or honeymoons to Tahiti are perfect for those who want to get under the skin of French Polynesia. In Pape’ete, mingle with the locals at bustling markets, go shopping for pearls at the city’s string of boutiques, and sample some lip-smacking street food. Head inland to get your fill of thrilling outdoor adventure, including 4x4 drives through the mountains, hikes to hidden waterfalls and expeditions to majestic archaeological sites. A sojourn on the coast brings you ever closer to aquamarine lagoons and black sand beaches, plus – between July and October – you can even head out on unforgettable whale watching trips.