Tahiti is the largest and most populated of French Polynesia‘s 118 islands and atolls. It is most people’s introduction to this South Pacific nation and as far as first impressions go, it doesn’t disappoint.

The capital city of Papeete, which means water basket, is a lively city and a great opportunity to see what everyday Polynesian life looks like. Explore the island’s black and white sandy beaches then head into its lush interior filled with waterfalls, jagged mountain peaks and deep valleys.

Tahiti is the springboard to the rest of French Polynesia‘s islands, but instead of seeing it as simply a stopover, take the time to enjoy its great hotels and restaurants and an altogether different side of the South Pacific.

What to do

  • Get a glimpse into modern Polynesian life in the capital, Papeete
  • Enjoy the great restaurant scene
  • Explore the island's waterfalls and lush green hills