Best Things To Do in Tahiti

One of the best ways to spend a Tahitian vacation is to lie back with a tropical cocktail in hand and bask in the sunshine at your resort of choice. You can also swim, snorkel, surf and more at La Plage de Maui or Papenoo Beach. To find some jungly wilderness, hop a ferry to Moorea or explore the Vaipahi Gardens. But if you're itching for a different kind of adventure, you can hike to the gushing Fautaua Waterfall or the bustling capital city of Papeete

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Updated May 29, 2018

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    The primary reason why so many Tahitian tourists flock to this stretch of shoreline is the sand: While many of the island's beaches boast a volcanic black hue, La Plage de Maui dazzles in pearly white. Located on Tahiti's southern shore, the clean, warm waters of the nearby lagoon are

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    Fautaua Waterfall
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    You may actually prefer visiting Tahiti during its rainy season for the Fautaua Waterfall alone, as more rainwater makes the waterfall even more dramatic. Located in the verdant Fautaua Valley, this natural wonder's sparkling water cascades 985 feet down into a large pool. To reach the waterfall, you'll have to take

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    Papenoo Beach
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    The shores of Papenoo – a small village located a little more than 5 miles along the eastbound road fromPapeete – are reminiscent of the island's tumultuous natural history. The Punaauai Beach (also known as the PK18 Beach due to its location on the road) features ebony sands that reach down

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    Plage du Taharuu
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    Taharuu Beach is on Tahiti's southern coast in Papara and characterized by its volcanic black sands, leafy green palm trees and its width. This beach is large, meaning there's plenty of room to spread out and soak up the sun, and it's framed by deep blue water and frothy white

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    Papeete
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    Papeete is the capital city of not only Tahiti but also all of French Polynesia. Inside its boundaries, which sprawl across the island's northwest coast, are opportunities to shop, to dine and to revel in the nightlife. When it comes to shopping, black pearls and island crafts are the main items

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    Moorea
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    Moorea, Tahiti's sister island, is more rugged. Its landscape features a jagged outcropping called Magic Mountain, which is covered with lush foliage. Travelers can take ATV tours (and enjoy navigating the varied terrain) or hike to the top for panoramic views. There are also numerous beaches on Moorea, and Temae

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    Museum of Tahiti and Her Islands
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    The Museum of Tahiti and Her Islands ("Musée de Tahiti et des Îles" in French) is dedicated to educating visitors about this beautiful archipelago. The museum is divided into four distinct sections: the first focuses on geography and natural history, the second on pre-European culture, the third on the effects

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    Vaipahi Gardens
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    Situated along Tahiti's southern coast in Mataiea, the Vaipahi Gardens are a verdant paradise. Visitors will find more than 75 plant species from all over the world (marked with signs  and information in English and French), exotic flowers, a lily pond and streams that wind through the area. Travelers said

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    Surfing
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    Tahiti's two distinct surfing seasons allow both inexperienced and expert surfers to take advantage of the varying swells. Travelers can head to several surf spots on the island: Papara, Papenoo and Taapuna are for the beginner to intermediate crowd, while Teahupoo on Tahiti's southwestern coast is for experts only. Teahupoo

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    James Norman Hall Home
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    James Norman Hall, a World War I army pilot, made a fortuitous friendship with Charles Nordhoff shortly after the war's end, and the pair began collaborating on novels together. In 1920, the writers moved to Tahiti together and wrote several novels including the celebrated "Mutiny on the Bounty." This museum,

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