Not sure where to take your next tropical trip? While other other destinations offer sun, sand and clear blue water, The Islands of Tahiti are one of the few destinations that allow you to be embraced by mana - the life-force and spirit of the Polynesian people. The people, lifestyle and culture of Tahiti make set it apart from other destinations of its kind. Don't let a strict time limit stop you, it's possible to cram a whole lotta food, culture and relaxation into even the shortest visit to The Islands of Tahiti. With a little preparation and my Top Five, you'll be well on your way to making sure you hit all the hot spots on your visit.
The Islands of Tahiti is made up of 118 Islands, 67 of them habited and we got to explore just 2! This guide takes you a little deeper into Tahiti and Huahine to give you a few more ideas on what you can see and do and how you can feel and experience the Mana of this amazing place. Each Island provides a different experience and while you might find palm trees and blue blue water everywhere you will find each Island has a unique feel and focus for you to explore.
Exploring the Islands of Tahiti started in Papeete, looking for some of the key arts and cultural spots. We arrived via Air Tahiti Nui, a very comfortable flight with very modern equipment to not only watch some movies but also learning about the Islands of Tahiti. Its a very peaceful 5 hours from Auckland for me. Tahiti is the largest of the Islands and boasts waterfalls, lagoons, extinct volcanoes and a huge variety of festivals and are cultural destinations. We made it our aim, with the help of Tahiti tourisme to find some of the well known as well as lesser known spots.
Spend a couple of days exploring the main island of Tahiti and you won’t leave disappointed. Papeete is full to the brim with cultural stops to keep your itinerary full, and this is only scratching the surface.
Many who travel often fail to embody the culture and lifestyle of a destination and really reflect genuinely and meaningfully during their experience. The Islands of Tahiti manage to break down those barriers and cast aside those inhibitions we sometimes face whilst travelling abroad. The Islands of Tahiti let you travel in such a way that you can’t help but feel connected to the culture, the lifestyle and sincerely feel like you’ve escaped the worries of the world. In Tahiti, this interconnection is known as Mana - the spirit to embrace. Here's my guide to exploring Tahiti in a day...
With over 118 islands in French Polynesia, there are a plethora of incredible beaches to explore. The island of Tahiti itself has some of the best black sand beaches in the Pacific, as well as some stunning paradisiacal stretches of white sand to feed your desire for variety. Here's a guide to some of my favourite beaches on the island of Tahiti.
It's no question that Tahiti's "Mana" has embraced the hearts of travellers worldwide. Mana is the lifeforce and spirit of Polynesians. It is a single word that evokes the people, culture and lifestyle of Tahiti, and it's what makes people come back over and over to Tahiti. On my recent visit to the Islands of Tahiti, however, I found that the food made such a lasting impression as well. A simplistic definition of Tahitian food is "Polynesian food with French influence" but it's much more than that. It's the eating experience, combined with the natural ingredients and people you eat with (and people who prepare the food) that makes eating in Tahiti quite a memorable experience.
Ever wondered what the eff you can eat on The Islands of Tahiti? Wonder no more! From fancy French fare to bitchin' street food and something to suit all budgets, Tahiti has proven that it's not just a feast for the eyes. Check out my top vegan eats during my travels to Tahiti + Moorea with the Townske + Tahiti Tourisme team flying with Air Tahiti Nui!
Have you planned a 7 day holiday and are wondering where to go in Tahiti? 118 islands don’t make it easy but that’s what Tahiti is all about: diversity! It also depends what you like to do so we’ve suggested 3 different itineraries based on 3 different categories: nature, Tahiti originals and culture. Every itinerary starts and finishes on the main island, Tahiti, as your flight will arrive late in the evening (coming from Australia or New Zealand) and you'll usually need to spend your first night here.