Holidays to Tahiti

Holidays to Tahiti

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. 

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Tahiti Travel Information

There are no direct flights from the UK to Tahiti, but indirect flights are available with one or more stops en-route.

  • Currency: Franc
  • Time difference: GMT-10
  • Flight from UK: Approx. 23 hours 
  • Visa: None required for British citizens
  • Language: French, Marquesan
  • National drink: Tahiti Drink
  • National dish: Tahiti Feast

Travel Tips & Advice for Tahiti

Tahiti Activities

The islands around Tahiti are ripe for exploring. Go hiking through the mountainous terrain past age-old archaeological sites, dive the neon and coral-filled waters and shop for souvenirs, antiques and rare black pearls. While Tahiti sunset cruises are a year-round affair, they’re even better between the months of July and October when whales breach in the surrounding waters. Explore the islands by electric bike, tuk tuk or Segway, take up Tahitian dance classes or tour Papeete by train-shaped tram and learn about the history of French Polynesia as you pass popular neighbourhoods, churches and temples.

Tahiti Food & Drink

Naturally Tahitian foods have a strong focus on fresh seafood. Just about every dish includes a different type, from tuna and parrotfish, to prawns, mahi mahi and barracuda. Poisson Cru, a tuna dish that’s marinated in lime juice and coconut milk, is the Tahitian specialty. Those who prefer meat dishes may prefer the traditional Tahitian Feast which consists of pork or chicken slow-roasted in an underground fire pit. While in Tahiti, taste the fresh pineapples that are said to be the sweetest in the world and toast your meals with healthy Noni juice or Hinano, the typical Tahitian beer.

Tahiti Attractions

However you choose to explore Tahiti, you’ll be spoilt for choice with things to do. Dive back in time as you visit ancient archaeological ruins and impressive architectural landmarks like the Cathedrale Notre-Dame, Municipal Market, the Papeete Town Hall and the Black Pearl Museum – the only museum of its kind in the world – where you can learn about the famous Tahitian black pearl and how it’s refined from sea gem to jeweller. Tour the Tahiti Peninsula, visit the Huahine Natural Aquarium and explore popular Tahitian attractions like Venus Point, the Arahoho blowhole, Vaipahi Garden and Taharaa Lookout.

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