The largest island in French Polynesia (although in reality they are two pieces of land connected by an isthmus) invites us to spend a relaxing holiday breathing sea air. A landscape worthy to admire for hours without getting tired! In addition to bringing everything you need for your stay, learn a few words in French because this language is spoken in Tahiti… Bon Voyage!
Traveling between two “Tahiti”
The island comprises two areas: Tahiti Nui (Greater Tahiti) and Tahiti Iti (Little Tahiti). The first to the north and the second to the south. Between the two they add more than a thousand km² of territory with beaches, waterfalls, trees and a lot of peace.
The capital is Papeete and the highest point is almost 2,300 meters above sea level (Mount Orohena). Temperatures are almost always warm, ranging between 20 and 30 ° C. What can influence the best time to go are the rains: from December to February is when we can least enjoy the beach (unless we are not worried about getting wet from the rain).
What to do and see in Tahiti?
In addition to lying in the sun and enjoying the sea (and all its range of possibilities in terms of sports and games) we can walk around this beautiful island, either in its large or small part. The must-see attractions for a cloudy day or to change the routine are:
Notre Dame Cathedral
Of course, a church dedicated to Our Lady with the same name as the one in Paris could not be missing. In this case, it was built in 1875 and restored almost 100 years later. Its interior is really impressive and is made up of a group of modern and old stained glass windows.
On the outskirts of the capital of Tahiti we can enjoy the lighthouse at the tip of Venus, named after the navigator James Cook in honor of his mission to observe the passage of the planet in front of the sun.
The Taharaa gorge
To see impressive sunsets (ideal for couples) do not hesitate to go to the northern part of the island. Also from there you will have panoramic views of the coast and in the distance the imposing figure of the Moorea mountain.
Mount of Tahitienne
Do you like climbing? Are you a soul adventurer? This place will enchant you. Discover mysterious caves, beautiful waterfalls and a unique landscape. If you do a guided tour you will also learn and be surprised by the dozens of legends that revolve around this site.
Tahiti Nui valleys
In the Punaruu valley and the Orangers plain, tourists can find all kinds of adventures and obstacles… If you are brave and like challenges, we recommend you take a tour of the caves and trails.
In the Vahiria Valley there is a freshwater lake, a crystalline mirror ideal to cool off after a long walk. At every step you take you will find native flora and fauna species in their natural habitat. Get ready to come into direct contact with Tahitian biodiversity!
Upon arrival you will realize that it is the wildest and most inhospitable place on the entire island. The only way to access it is from Taravao. In a typical walk you can explore the Vaipoiri cave, the Taravao plain, the black beach of Tautira, the coast of Pari (where Aboriginal tribes live) and Cook’s Bay. The tour will take you all day but it is worth the effort. Dive into the sea and follow the path!
If all this has seemed little to you, Tahiti offers several activities related to the sea and nature. From snorkeling to walking along the ocean floor (wearing a diving suit, don’t worry), going through encounters with rays and sharks in their natural habitat, water skiing and sports in the sand. Don’t miss the opportunity to travel to an island where the beach season is all year round!