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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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#1

#1 in Tahiti

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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 another draw – travelers say the water is unbelievably clear and the lagoon is shallow and calm. Meanwhile, the beach's snack bar serves up fresh seafood and is exceptionally popular among visitors. 
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Beaches Type
Half Day to Full Day Time to Spend
La Plage de Maui
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 another draw – travelers say the water is unbelievably clear and the lagoon is shallow and calm. Meanwhile, the beach's snack bar serves up fresh seafood and is exceptionally popular among visitors. 
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#2 in Tahiti

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 a pretty arduous hike, which is probably best done with a tour group or guide (your hotel or vacation rental host should be able to provide information on local guides).
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Hiking Type
Half Day to Full Day Time to Spend
Fautaua Waterfall
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 a pretty arduous hike, which is probably best done with a tour group or guide (your hotel or vacation rental host should be able to provide information on local guides).
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#3 in Tahiti

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The shores of Papenoo – a small village located a little more than 5 miles along the eastbound road from Papeete – 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 into the clear blue waters of the South Pacific. And best of all, this beach doesn't see nearly as much tourist action as La Plage de Maui on Tahiti Iti. That said, you will have to fight for waves with the island's surfing community.
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Beaches Type
2 hours to Half Day Time to Spend
Papenoo Beach
The shores of Papenoo – a small village located a little more than 5 miles along the eastbound road from Papeete – 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 into the clear blue waters of the South Pacific. And best of all, this beach doesn't see nearly as much tourist action as La Plage de Maui on Tahiti Iti. That said, you will have to fight for waves with the island's surfing community.
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#4 in Tahiti

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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 waves. Popular with families, locals and tourists, this beach also boasts ideal swimming conditions and you may even see some surfers working on their skills. There's also an on-site snack bar.
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Beaches Type
Half Day to Full Day Time to Spend
Plage du Taharuu
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 waves. Popular with families, locals and tourists, this beach also boasts ideal swimming conditions and you may even see some surfers working on their skills. There's also an on-site snack bar.
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#5 in Tahiti

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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 to look for. The Municipal Market in Papeete is worth a visit, too. Filled with fresh veggies and fruits, meat and fish, flowers and artsy goods like hats and souvenirs, the market receives high praise from recent visitors.
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Entertainment and Nightlife Type
2 hours to Half Day Time to Spend
Papeete
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 to look for. The Municipal Market in Papeete is worth a visit, too. Filled with fresh veggies and fruits, meat and fish, flowers and artsy goods like hats and souvenirs, the market receives high praise from recent visitors.
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#6 in Tahiti

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 Beach on the north coast is one of the most popular. The island is home to a lagoonarium, where travelers can scuba dive and snorkel, and the Moorea Dolphin Center, where visitors can gaze at the marine mammals to their heart's content. A number of resorts line the northern coast of the island, too.
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Beaches Type
Half Day to Full Day Time to Spend
Moorea
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 Beach on the north coast is one of the most popular. The island is home to a lagoonarium, where travelers can scuba dive and snorkel, and the Moorea Dolphin Center, where visitors can gaze at the marine mammals to their heart's content. A number of resorts line the northern coast of the island, too.
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#7 in Tahiti

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 of colonization and the fourth on natural wonders. If you tire of perusing the exhibits, step outside for great views of surfers tackling the ocean waves.
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Museums Type
1 to 2 hours Time to Spend
Museum of Tahiti and Her Islands
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 of colonization and the fourth on natural wonders. If you tire of perusing the exhibits, step outside for great views of surfers tackling the ocean waves.
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#8

#8 in Tahiti

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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 they were impressed with how well-maintained this natural attraction is. Many said that they loved its tranquility, the easy-to-traverse trails, the small waterfalls and the vibrant flora throughout.
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Parks and Gardens Type
2 hours to Half Day Time to Spend
Vaipahi Gardens
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 they were impressed with how well-maintained this natural attraction is. Many said that they loved its tranquility, the easy-to-traverse trails, the small waterfalls and the vibrant flora throughout.
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#9 in Tahiti

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 is undeniably the most challenging spot for surfers to catch waves in Tahiti, producing serious swells (with waves up to 25 feet high) that break over a shallow coral reef. It's often compared to Hawaii's Pipeline, for those familiar with "Blue Crush," and it hosts the Billabong Pro surf competition annually.
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Natural Wonders Type
Half Day to Full Day Time to Spend
Surfing
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 is undeniably the most challenging spot for surfers to catch waves in Tahiti, producing serious swells (with waves up to 25 feet high) that break over a shallow coral reef. It's often compared to Hawaii's Pipeline, for those familiar with "Blue Crush," and it hosts the Billabong Pro surf competition annually.
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#10 in Tahiti

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, which was opened by Hall's family, contains a number of the author's belongings. You can also take a short staff-led tour of the house, which is an exact reproduction of Hall's home.
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Historic Homes/Mansions Type
1 to 2 hours Time to Spend
James Norman Hall Home
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, which was opened by Hall's family, contains a number of the author's belongings. You can also take a short staff-led tour of the house, which is an exact reproduction of Hall's home.
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