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Tahiti: Untouched beauty and rich culture

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About Beautiful Tahiti

Tahiti is the largest of the 118 islands of French Polynesia, but it is so much more than just an island. Nestled peacefully in the heart of the Pacific Ocean halfway between California and Australia, this tropical paradise is peppered with majestic mountain peaks, luscious, emerald valleys, electric-blue lagoons and oceans, and breathtaking waterfalls, all intensified by the delicate glow of pure sunshine.

With a population of only about 183,000 people, the islands are not at all overbuilt and some places are still uninhabited and untouched. But there’s more to this oasis than the purity of its beauty; Tahiti is also the economic, cultural and political capital of French Polynesia. Serving as the gateway to Bora Bora, Moorea, and other such idyllic destinations, Tahiti boasts world-class resorts, superior health and wellness spas, exceptional culinary experiences, a vibrant nightlife scene, lively markets, and exclusive pearl shops that can be enjoyed as their own vacation from reality or just as a stop along the way to your next destination.

“Though we travel the world to find the beautiful, we must carry it with us, or we find it not.” -Ralph Waldo Emerson

The Islands of Tahiti

Society Islands

Starting at Tahiti itself, the leeward and windward paradises of the Society Islands are the epitome of your dream tropical paradise! Whether you’re looking for or adventurous outdoor excursions or just want to relax in a world-class resort, you’ll be able to find the perfect vacation for nurturing your mind, body, and soul. The Society Islands are comprised of:

  • Tahiti
  • Moorea
  • Bora Bora
  • Huahine
  • Raiatea
  • Taha’a
  • Tetiaroa
  • Maupiti
  • Tupai

Austral Islands

The Austral islands are south of Tahiti and the Society Islands; in fact, they’re the southernmost border of all of French Polynesia. If you can’t stand the heat, these slightly cooler, more mountainous islands are the perfect destination for you. The Austral Islands are comprised of:

  • Rurutu
  • Rimatara

Tuamotu Islands

If you’re looking for Heaven on Earth, the 77 atolls of the Tuamotu Islands could quite literally be it. You’ll hardly be able to pick a favorite sight between the untouched lagoons and the coconut plantations dotted over the coral barrier reef. The Tuamotu Islands are comprised of:

  • Rangiroa
  • Manihi
  • Tikehau
  • Fakarava

Marquesas Islands

Variety is the spice of life, and the Marquesas Islands are the birthplace of that variety. The soaring cliffs, volcanic peaks, thick, lush valleys, pristine shorelines, and immaculate oceans are enough to both stop you in your tracks and push you to keep experiencing more and more of what these islands have to offer. The Marquesas Islands are comprised of:

  • Nuku Hiva
  • Hiva Oa

Gambier Islands

Gambier’s mountainous islands are a vital part of the Tahitian pearl industry. And with roughly only 1,200 inhabitants, this secluded group of islands gives travelers a completely unique, deeply personal understanding of island life. The Gambier Islands are comprised of:

  • Mangareva
  • ‘Akamaru
  • ‘Aukena
  • Taravai
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When is the Best time to visit Tahiti?

Tahiti’s temperatures are pretty consistent year-round, but, as with most places, certain times of the year are more appealing than others—times when humidity is down, the sun is out, and temperatures are ideal. But while there are some differences in weather, one thing that does remain consistent regardless of when you visit is the hotel rates.

An ocean-top straw hut with Bora Bora's large central mountain in the background
A large wave during Tahiti's off season

Tahiti’s Peak Season

The best time to visit Tahiti is between May and October, which is the area’s dry season. During this time the temperatures are usually in the low 80s, humidity is relatively low for the area, and there are very very few rainy days.

If you visit during the peak season, we suggest you check out the International Graffiti Art Festival, Heiva, the Billabong Pro Surf Competition, and the Tahiti International Golf Championship. Though as with any destination’s peak season, you can expect higher hotel prices and more crowds of tourists at these events.

Tahiti’s Off-Season

While many places experience their peak season during the summer months, Tahiti’s summer months, November-April, are actually the area’s off-season. Tahiti’s summer is particularly hot, quite humid, and has a higher chance of rain showers and even cyclones.

If you don’t mind the heat, humidity, and a few pop-up showers on your trip and you want to avoid the crowds and save a little on lodging, you can visit Tahiti in the off-season for FIFO Tahiti or the Papara Pro Surf Festival.

What the weather is like in Tahiti »
Looking out an airplane window and viewing the wing of the plane and a turquoise ocean spotted with islands

Tahitian Travel Tips

How to Pack For Your Getaway to Tahiti: Plan for a Long Trip

Travel to Tahiti from Greenville, South Carolina (or anywhere in the Carolinas, for that matter) isn’t exactly fast. You’ll likely have layovers in more than one airport before you finally arrive, and the time difference may leave you with serious jet lag. The key to stress-free travel to Tahiti is all about what you pack, how you pack it, and the schedule you set for your trip.

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Give Yourself Time for Jet Lag Recovery

Everyone experiences “jet lag” — that time when your mind and body must adjust to a radically different time zone and way of life — a little differently. Our tip for minimizing jet lag, which you can find more info about on our blog, is to build an extra two days of “recovery” into your schedule. That way, you’ll have plenty of time to rest and recover.

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Keep Your Clothing Light and Breezy

The beauty of a beachside vacation in Tahiti is that you can plan to wear the most comfortable clothing you own. Sundresses in airy fabrics, linen shorts, and tank tops allow ladies to truly enjoy those ocean breezes, and a pretty sundress in a solid color can easily shift from day to night with just a change of footwear and accessories.

Men should bring along shorts and T-shirts or short-sleeved button-ups in cotton, linen, or other breezy fabrics. A pair of light dress pants will take men to dinner out, while shorts keep them cool and comfortable during the day.

Children can simply bring along whatever is most comfortable for time spent out on the beach!

Everyone should plan to bring along comfortable footwear, included boots if you plan to head out hiking, and comfortable sandals for the rest of your adventures in Tahiti.

Don’t Skimp on Sunscreen

Our rule for how much sunscreen to pack for your vacation to Tahiti is to take however much you think you’ll need… and double it.

Since nearly everything in French Polynesia must be imported into the country, sunscreen and other items like toothbrushes, toothpaste, and even razor blades will be significantly more expensive than they are at home. It’s worth it to invest in bringing plenty of sunscreen along in your checked luggage, so you won’t find yourself running out and having to scramble for more.

Looking for a more detailed list of what to pack for your vacation to Tahiti? Check out the blog post below.

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What toDo in Tahiti

Relax and Enjoy Unforgettable Views

Whether you’re staying in a locally owned Bed & Breakfast, you prefer to choose a room in a traditional resort or hotel, or you’re staying in oceanfront bungalows that let you rest directly above the water itself, the first order of business when you’re on vacation in Tahiti is to relax.

Every island has its own unique landscape and views, so wherever you choose to stay, you’ll be free to spend your time resting, relaxing, and taking in gorgeous beaches, beautiful lagoons, and the crystal-blue sea itself.

Of course, relaxing on the beach isn’t all there is to do in a land as beautifully wild as French Polynesia.

Sign Up For Outdoor Excursions to See Tahiti’s Natural Beauty

Many of our clients who are interested in planning a vacation in Tahiti aren’t interested in just hanging out on the beach. They want outdoor adventures, new sights to see, and new ways to stay active and really experience the Tahitian islands.

Luckily, Tahiti is the perfect place for vacationers who love outdoor excursions! We’ve taken a closer look at the best outdoor excursions in Tahiti on our blog, but here are a few quick examples:

  • Hiking

    Spend a day hiking up Mount Aorai, one of Tahiti’s tallest peaks. You’ll see unforgettable views in nearly every direction while you hike with an experienced local guide. For hikers who want a serious physical challenge, heading up the mountain might make their vacation truly complete.

  • Waterfalls

    Tahiti boasts dozens of waterfalls, and you’ll be able to arrange a trip out to see them from nearly every single one of the islands. There’s nothing quite so peaceful as settling in next to gently falling water and realizing there’s nowhere else on Earth you’d rather be.

  • Snorkeling

    Snorkeling and heading out to see coral reefs are also big draws in Tahiti and they’re easy family-friendly outdoor excursions that vacationers of all ages can enjoy.

  • Food and Culture

    History buffs may be more interested in a trip out to see Tahiti’s famous Petroglyphs of Te Pari, while foodies can take advantage of local restaurants serving up traditional Tahitian cuisine.

Tahiti is a relaxing spot for a peaceful vacation, but it can also be a show-stopping outdoor adventure. It all depends on what kind of vacation you’re searching for.

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