Hibiscus flowers, turquoise seas and sunny climbs are the things that come to mind when imagining this spectacular area.In the heart of the South Pacific lies the stunning island of Tahiti. Experience the hype of this paradisiacal spot – with majestic mountains, striking blue lagoons and trees ripe with fruit, this island is a hidden gem in French Polynesia.
Tahiti, Moorea, Bora Bora – these exotic islands all evoke a feeling of romance and adventure, making holidays to Tahiti a great choice for honeymooners. Laze on the beaches, dive down to the aquamarine waters to explore its teeming marine life or linger over cocktails in a poolside bar – Tahiti holidays provide the romantic retreat of a lifetime.
Originally the site of two striking volcanoes in the emerald sea, the islands of Tahiti are now crammed full with blank sandy beaches and deep valleys, ideal for relaxing or exploring. Tahiti Nui, the larger island offers a wealth of excursion opportunities while its smaller neighbour of Tahiti Itl is a veritable hub of innumerable treasures only found in between New Zealand and Hawaii.
Papeete, the capital of Tahiti, offers a wealth of opportunity for visitors. Art and history museums, beautiful botanical and flower gardens, a colourful and vibrant market and a great nightlife scene can all be found here.
There are so many things to do and see on your holidays in Tahiti besides laze on the beach, so ensure you take your camera with you. Beginning at the Le Marche, Papeete’s market place, you’ll find some great things to purchase. Swap your money for Monoi, a local scented oil used to moisturise and tan your skin, as well as a Pareu, typical Tahitian clothing to be used in a variety of ways. You’ll also find jewellery, soaps, woven hats and bags and postcards to send home.
Of course, for those with a sense of adventure, there are still lots to do on your Tahiti holidays. Stroll down to the marina to embark on a diving trip deep in the ocean, providing a great perspective on the myriad of fish and sea life that exist beneath the surface. If you’d rather not shimmy into a wetsuit, make the most of activities above the ocean. Surfing, canyoning, water sports, deep -sea fishing and kitesurfing are worthwhile activities on your holidays to Tahiti.
If you’d rather delve into the history of this vibrant island, head to some of Tahiti’s museums. The Museum of Tahiti has a rich collection of artefacts and exhibits while The Black Pearl and Gauguin museums ensure great fun if you want to get out of the heat.
Your holidays are not complete without sampling some of the local dishes. Famous for its food, the island boasts a myriad of excellent restaurants offering French, Italian and Polynesian cuisine to name but a few. In Papeete, there are many sidewalk cafes offering delicious things to eat. Help yourself to the traditional Tahitian dish of Poisson cru, raw fish marinated in lime juice and coconut milk or indulge in a tropical cocktail made with local fruit.