“Though we travel the world to find the beautiful, we must carry it with us, or we find it not.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson
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.
The Islands of Tahiti
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:
- Bora Bora
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:
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:
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’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:
When’s 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.
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.
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.
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