Tahiti Travel Guide

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Tahiti Highlights

  • Pro
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    anacapa says…

     sun, great French-inspired food, beautiful geography, nice nice nice people 

  • Con
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    Jacquelynn says…

     Very expensive! 

  • In a nutshell
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    easyoar says…

     Nicer places for less money 

Tahiti Things to Do

  • Waterfalls

    Tahiti Safari Expeditions has two half-day tours and one full-day tour. We did the half-day tour that included Papenoo Valley. The tour guide picked us up at the hotel and took through Papeete and across the northern part of Tahiti Nui to Papenoo Valley. We drove into the valley and stopped to look at several waterfalls, including Cascade Topatari,...

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  • Papeete

    This is one of the first places you see when you come to Tahiti because this is where the airport is. Most people land here at night and leave Papeete in the morning to go on to another island. Its actually cheaper to stay in Papeete than on any other island. Its busy here, somewhat crowded but thats was ok with me. This is where you will find the...

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  • Botanical Gardens & Gauguin Museum

    The painter spent many years here and this is where he perfected the colorful style that made him and the islands famous. All the paintings here are reproductions. Also don't miss the great collection of Tiki's on the grounds.

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Tahiti Hotels

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Tahiti Restaurants

  • One Savory Restaurant

    I have never been one to choose hotel food over a good local restaurant, so Sarah and I decided to venture into town from the Sheraton Tahiti. We were told there were several restaurants close, but ended up walking a couple miles to the downtown area of Papeete. We found a lovely little French restaurant here and decided to pop in. Saveurs had a...

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  • Snack Resto-Bar "Chez Myriam"

    We had 2 Maa Tinito (see picture for explanation ;-) )+ 2 draft beers...the local Hinano of course ! We were quite satisfied with the food, but the bathrooms were a bit flooded at the time...

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  • Snack-bar in Paea

    We had 2 cheeseburgers + 2 Hinano beers (+/- 2400CFP) in this small snack-bar along the road.Quite a pleasant place to stop for a lunch !

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Tahiti Nightlife

  • Nighlife Agenda

    If you want to find out about nightlife (concerts, Live Bands, Dancing, theatre, nightclub,...) in tahiti, there is a website that does just that : http://www.tahiti-agenda.comIt's in french but you can use Google translator.

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  • Nightlife Beware

    So I ventured out one night with my buddy to the "locals bars". Though hitchiking to the bars was very pleasant where we were greeted by a friendly local named Ziggy the locals in the bars were not so welcoming. First the punks sitting outside the bar were saying things to us in Tahitian, probably something nasty while others laughed. Once inside...

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  • Night Life Papeete - General

    The night life is very busy, and the majority of the revelers are locals. There are several bars along the Waterfront across from the ferry terminal on Boulevard Pomare, between Avenue Prince Hinoi and Rue Clapper. Our taxi driver advised us that these bars are the safest for tourists, and that we should not go to any bars off the...

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Tahiti Transportation

  • Le Truck

    Le Truck was a fun and cheap way to get around Tahiti. When Le Truck pulls up, tell the driver where you want to go so he knows where to stop for you. Make sure to pay after you exit. When you get on make sure to duck down so you don't bang your head on the ceiling!

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  • Plane

    The best compagny to fly to French Polynesia. Planes are brand new with personal tv screen and games even in economics. Service is excellent and food better than usual in planes. You already feel like you're there ! They are flying to Tahiti from USA, France, Japan and Australia.

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  • Rent a car

    A good way to visit the island of Tahiti is to rent a car for a few days. We chose the Europcar agency in Papeete and were satisfied.

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Tahiti Shopping

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  • Black Pearls

    The Gaugin pearl shop on Rangiroa is one of many pearl shops, however it is the one to which you will be directed if you are staying at the Hotel Kia Ora. The shop comes to the hotel and picks you up in their air conditioned van. The Gaugin is special because they are local producers. They will explain the pearl-making process to you, and show you...

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  • Papeete Market

    Everything you can think of you can find here at the Papeete Market. We bought our souveniers here. Yes everything is still quite expensive but you can do all your shopping in one place. This market is huge, two floors and you can find food, fruits and vegetables, clothes, arts and crafts and tons of other stuff. They also accept credit cards if...

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  • Local baskets

    There was a little house on the way between the carpark and the marae of Arahurahu, and as we returned, we saw this old lady making baskets... so I couldn't resist and bought one:-) Baskets and hats.And bananas too :-)

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Tahiti Local Customs

  • Dammed Rivers!

    Since there are very few oil reserves on a South Pacific Island, Tahiti needs to rely on its own natural resources for many of the things it does. Over 30% of the electricity produced on the island comes from a single river that has multiple dams and supplies much needed hydro-electrical power. This river is the Pape No'o.

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  • Sand and Gravel Factories

    Throughout some of the back roads, you will see factories that are producing large amounts of black sand and gravel. As you can imagine, being on an isolated island, you have to rely on the resources that you have on island. Most of the gravel that makes up the roads in Tahiti is actually volcanic rock pulled from the river (water, not lava) on the...

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  • A flower behind the ear

    Tahitians love flowers, and both genders like to wear them. If visiting, it is well worth being aware of the meaning of a flower behind the ear.If you wear a flower behind your left ear, it means you are taken, if you wear a flower behind your right ear, it means you are available to the opposite sex (or perhaps to the same sex, or perhaps to...

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Tahiti Warnings and Dangers

  • Be cautious

    While snorkeling be very cautious, always keep an eye out. Firstly sharks constantly swim in the channels near the shore and that is where most attacks happen! Secondly if you accidentally graze the coral it WILL get infected. Be sure to squeeze lime over the wound immediately, even if the abrasion doesn't bleed. And lastly always wear sunscreen,...

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  • Pick Up your TRASH!!

    Another thing that makes me very irritated when I travel is the lack of respect some people have to pick up after themselves. Clearly this McDonald's fry container was 10 miles from the nearest McDonald's, which makes me believe it was a tourist!Just please remember to pick up your trash... if I see you littering, you may not have an arm :)

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  • World Statement.... Why Grafitti?

    Although I am clearly a fan of travelling and there is probably no one on the site that would disagree with me that grafitti is stupid.... but seriously, does anyone know why people do this? Such a beautiful island to leave ruined by this sort of thing.I also apologize for propogating the problem by putting it on the world wide web, but its here...

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Tahiti Tourist Traps

  • Tahitian Hotel's Breakfast!

    In one of the amazing feats of ingenuity, Tahitians have figured out that Americans in particular love breakfast consisting of eggs, hash browned potatoes and bacon. They also know that Americans consume large quantities when given the opportunity.... what is the solution? Capitalize on it!Tahiti Hotels charge 2950 xpf (currently a little over 30...

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  • The Whole Island!

    It is difficult to know where to start (or indeed finish) when it comes to Tourist Traps on Tahiti.As I laid out in the intro, France has closed her Nuclear Testing facility in the area, and the money that was pumped in to French Polynesia is starting to run out. This means that not only are prices artifically high as people cling on to a very...

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Tahiti What to Pack

  • What to bring

    Bring only 1 suitcase and a small carry on, thats all you'll need! You could honestly live in a bathing suit, pareo, and flip flops, but of corse bring at least one dress for a night out. Also be sure to bring a cover up for the nights, they can be a little chilly. Sunscreen, Sunscreen , Sunscreen!!! Aloe for not wearing enough sunscreen. lip...

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  • Have Fun!

    You won't need to pack much. I can tell you from experience you won't need pants or a sweat shirt at all! I basically lived in a bathing suit, a pareo, and flip flops for the entire 2 weeks. Honestly you'll only need a couple pairs of shoes for your entire trip: flip flops, water shoes, hiking shoes, and semi-dress shoes for a nice dinner. Bring...

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  • Bug Spray that kills all

    as beautiful as tahiti is remember that it is a tropical location,and with that comes mosquitos and very large Roaches,so be prepared swimsuits,sandels casual light clothing daylight speed film if anybody uses film anymore,be prepared for the best sunsets in the world

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Tahiti Off The Beaten Path

  • Arahurahu Marae temple

    This is a lesser known Tahitian attraction! We visited this sight to find it was free, and we were the only people there other than the gardeners. It wasn't easy to find however. You need to get on a bus going towards Paea. Keep a look out for the town hall (hotel De Ville) on your left. A minute or so later you will see a supermarket on the left...

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  • 4x4 safari

    We took a day long 4x4 safari in to the Island's interior. As soon as you leave the main road you are travelling on rough track, which gets bumpier and muddier as you head inland. The scenery is wonderful, but be prepared for rain. At one point we had to get out of the jeep and walk as the road had been washed away and the vehicle wasn't going any...

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  • Telephone at Scenic Outlook

    I figured this was just off the beaten path enough to require a tip. During our tour of the island we stopped at the One Tree Hill lookout point, and actually found a public telephone there! What a unique place for a phone... I guess back before cell phones, this was to call your friends and tell them how beautiful your view is!

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Tahiti Sports & Outdoors

  • Spearing coconuts

    Whilst we were at the Museum of Tahiti and her Islands, I spotted some tall metal poles with coconuts on top. After visiting the museum, I asked one of the security guards there what they were for.He had difficulty explaining in English to me, and told me to follow him. He went to a back room, and picked up this long thin spear thing and said you...

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  • Borrow/Rent an outrigger canoe

    These outrigger canoes are great fun to paddle about in. If you have ever been in a single scull (to the uninitiated, it is a very thin 'rowing' boat for just one person), this will feel very stable. On the other hand, if you haven't, you will have a good chance of turning one of these over!If you don't have experience, make sure you don't take any...

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  • Surfing, boating, rowing

    As we stopped at Teahupoo beach, we saw a lot of surfers who were training. Surfing is of course a national sport, along with rowing.We saw some at Taharuu Papara beach as well.

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  • If you need fresh water

    You will find fresh water at the Maraa grottoes (PK 28,5) near the car park.We saw local people filling their empty bottles with that cool refreshing water, and we did the same !

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  • Tahiti Nui roundabout

    On Bd pomare, you will come across this rond-point de Tahiti Nui on which stand all the flags of each French Polynesia archipelago... and of course the French flag right in the middle.

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