Museum of Tahiti and Her Islands#7 in Best Things To Do in Tahiti
The Museum of Tahiti and Her Islands (Musee de Tahiti et des Iles 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.
Recent visitors appreciated the museum's concise, easy-to-understand exhibits about the history of Tahiti and much of French Polynesia. Many were pleased that there were displays in English and French, and several travelers said the gift shop was excellent.
The Museum of Tahiti and Her Islands is about 10 miles south of Papeete, along the westward route in the small town of Puna'auia, and can easily be accessed by car or taxi. Doors open to visitors from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday. Admission to the permanent exhibition room is 600 French Polynesian francs (around $6); admission to the temporary exhibition room costs 800 French Polynesian francs (about $7.50). A combo ticket is available for 1,000 French Polynesian Francs (about $9.25). For additional information on exhibits and prices, visit the museum's website.
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#1 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.
La Plage de Maui is about 40 miles southeast of Papeete, but once you get there you'll see why so many make the trip. Be sure to drive carefully as Tahitian roads (and commuters) can be unpredictable.
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