Queen of the Pacific
The heart and soul of the South Pacific, Tahiti is the largest in a chain of islands that make up French Polynesia. The name can either refer to the main island or the entire destination. Commonly referred to as The Islands of Tahiti, French Polynesia is a collection of 118 islands and atolls scattered across an impressive nautical surface area the size of Western Europe. Still, these tiny islands—many of which remain uninhabited—make up a total landmass of only 1,600 square miles (4,100 sq. km).
You may be wondering, where is Tahiti? The islands are situated halfway between Los Angeles, California and Sydney, Australia. They are in the same time zone as Hawaii and located just as far south of the equator as Hawaii is north. Since the word often conjures up visions of a distant, unspoiled paradise, many assume them to be far away; but in all reality, Tahiti is only eight hours from Los Angeles.
The island of Tahiti is divided into two parts: The larger portion to the northwest is known as Tahiti Nui, while the smaller, southeastern peninsula is known as Tahiti Iti. Tahiti Nui is dominated by three extinct volcanic mountains including Mount Orohena, the tallest in French Polynesia; Mount Aorai, known for its incredible views; and Le Diadème, which appears to crown the island as the rightful queen.
Home to the capital city of Papeete, Tahiti is the economic center of French Polynesia. Since all flights arrive through Faa'a International Airport, your tailored Tahiti vacation will begin and end in Papeete. While you may be tempted to jet off immediately to the other islands, we recommend staying at least a day or two. Tahiti strikes an interesting contrast to some of the more quiet, secluded islands in the region; and with a selection of wonderful and convenient Tahiti resorts available, you will never regret staying.
Featuring the Kia Ora Resort and Spa
Escape to the pristine atoll of Rangiroa, the world's second-largest atoll. Includes round-trip international air from select California gateways, all transfers, and inter-island air, two nights at the Te Moana Tahiti Resort, Tahiti ATV adventure, five nights in a Beach Bungalow at the Hotel Kia Ora, daily breakfast and dinner for two, drift snorkeling excursion, Blue Lagoon tour, wine tasting, plus added romantic amenities for our honeymoon clients.
Featuring Le Bora Bora Resort and Spa
Discover Bora Bora and experience firsthand the crystal clear waters of its lagoon and the relaxing atmosphere for which it is known. Includes international airfare, inter-island airfare, five nights in an overwater bungalow at Le Bora Bora, one night at Le Tahiti, a Rai Fenua Couples massage, one complimentary 3-course dinner for two, daily breakfast for two, a shark and ray lagoon tour with motu picnic, a sunset cruise, flower bed, bottle of champagne, and added amenities for honeymoon guests.
Designed specifically for Polynesia, the Paul Gauguin is a deluxe vessel offering all-inclusive small-ship luxury to just 332 guests. Flawless, friendly service from a European-trained staff emulates the delightfully unhurried and unregimented Polynesian way of life. Spacious ocean-view staterooms, most with balconies or verandas, open to sweet-scented tropical breezes and lush island vistas. Fine international and French cuisine is served on an open-seating basis in three restaurants. Polynesia's translucent, shimmering aqua lagoons are begging to be explored and there is no better place to do so than from the Paul Gauguin's retractable watersports marina.
The Hilton Tahiti Resort is Papeete`s newest oceanfront resort. After completing a multi-year renovation the resort opened in the Fall of 2021. The Hilton Tahiti Resort boasts an elegant, contemporary design with finishings that celebrate its rich island heritage. Its multiple food and beverage venues, sweeping, panoramic views of Moorea, and central location, just minutes from both the airport and downtown Papeete, make it a popular choice for the international visitor.
The InterContinental Tahiti Resort & Spa is the largest luxury resort on the island of Tahiti. Located just five minutes from the airport, it is also the most convenient. Despite this proximity to downtown, the hotel provides a nice Polynesian oasis with some of the best views of Moorea on the horizon. Elegantly engulfed by tropical gardens, this is the ideal place to begin your visit to French Polynesia.
Situated along an exotic black sand beach, Le Tahiti by Pearl Resorts features lush surroundings and beautiful waterfront views. Conveniently located just ten minutes from Papeete, it's the ideal place for any honeymoon, vacation or business getaway. The resort's ocean view rooms and suites boast a contemporary design that highlights local artisan handcrafts and colonial photography.
The Te Moana Tahiti Resort is a modern hotel that rests alongside the water and provides scenic views of Moorea across the lagoon. Located on the western coast, this hotel is only ten minutes from the airport. The rooms feature their own kitchenette and complimentary Wi-Fi, making this a popular choice for families and business travelers. With the largest infinity pool on the island, this is the ultimate place to unwind after your flight.
The Aranui V is a working cargo freighter that also operates as a cruise ship, taking passengers to the most remote island group in French Polynesia—the Marquesas. The ship departs every three weeks from Papeete and transports everything from food and liquor to medicine and fuel to the small, inhabited islands of Ua Pou, Nuku Hiva, Hiva Oa, Fatu Hiva, Tahuata and Ua Huka, as well as Fakarava and Rangiroa in the Tuamotu Atolls.
Vanira Lodge is nestled in the hills above Teahupoo, on the south east coast of Tahiti Iti, with stunning panoramic views of the ocean. The bungalows are constructed with high ceilings, natural wood and coral, outdoor bathrooms and feature verandahs with spectacular views.
The Royal Tahitien is a small, Polynesian hotel with a laid-back island vibe and a tropical garden setting at the edge of a black-sand beach. Within the hotel’s seven acres of delightful tropical gardens and koi ponds you will discover a lovely pool and Jacuzzi framed by rock waterfalls. The simple, clean guest rooms are situated around the gardens and deliver excellent value.
The Hotel Tahiti Nui is the newest hotel on the island. It features a clean, modern design with a young and trendy ambiance. Unlike the other beachside resorts in Tahiti, this hotel is located at the heart of downtown Papeete, putting you right in the middle of the hustle and bustle of the city. This provides convenient access to the shops, restaurants, nightlife and other attractions, but removes you slightly from the shoreline.
Journey through Tahiti`s deep valleys and thick rainforests on this guided 4x4 Jeep Safari with Marama Tours. Your English-speaking driver will take you to the volcanic crater that originally formed Tahiti over a million years ago. You will stop at One Tree Hill, take a short drive along the scenic coast to Papeno`o Valley, and explore lush landscapes and beautiful waterfalls at the island`s interior. Operates: Everyday
Designed specifically for those returning to Papeete from the outer islands with several hours until their departing international flight. Service includes private transfer from the Airport or Ferry Dock to a Restaurant or a Shopping Center, with secure luggage storage, and the transfer back to the airport. Our in-destination concierge will make a dinner reservation for you. Dinner is not included, and your meal is payable directly to the restaurant.
Embark on a 4x4 adventure into the heart of Tahiti, the Maroto Valley. Rainui, your Polynesian guide, will share with you the culture of the Maohi people, the history of the Great Valley, and the flora and fauna of this great island. You will feel the `Mana` as you traverse the island interior in a modern 4x4 vehicle. Equipped with a microphone and speakers for continuous explanations, Rainui will share his `Mana` with you through his stories, his humor, and his love for his island. Before returning you will have the opportunity to refresh and recharge in the purifying waters of the river.
Tour the island of Tahiti in your own rental car from Avis Pacificar and have the freedom to go wherever your curiosity takes you and the roads permit. You can enjoy spectacular views and visit numerous historical sites around the island. Includes unlimited mileage, comprehensive insurance with deductible (CDW), third party insurance and VAT. Other vehicle options available upon request.
Discover Tahiti's untamed interior on an ATV. Traverse on roads, trails and across rivers to reach Tahiti's famed Lake Vaihiria and the Blue Lake. Throughout your journey you will see waterfalls, learn the history and legends of the beautiful valleys and swim in refreshingly cool waters. Guests must be at least 18 years of age in order to drive the ATV. Tour includes a welcome fruit juice, a bottle of water, fruit and coconut water for each person. Price is per person based on two people sharing one ATV.
Enjoy a casual evening with dinner at the waterfront La Plage Sapinus Bay with beautiful views of Moorea. The menu at this al fresco restaurant features fresh ingredients and local specialties as well as a selection of burgers and vegetarian-friendly entrees. Save room for dessert for they are known for having the best. Your meal will include a welcome drink, a three-course meal from a pre-set menu, one glass of wine, coffee (or tea), and water. Operates: TUE WED THU FRI SAT
Embark on an unforgettable journey to the natural wonders of Tahiti Iti, by land and sea. Your adventure starts with a stop at the Vaipahi Garden and waterfall before heading to Teahupoo, PK0 - the end of the road. From here you will board a boat to view the mythical wave and site of the 2024 Olympic surfing competition, up close. Your captain will then head to Fenua Aihere, the wild part of the island, accessible only by foot or boat. You will venture into these virgin forests via the Vaiau river with a stop at the pristine, freshwater swimming hole. Finally, your captain will take you to a sandbar for refreshments and snacks. At the sandbar, you may snorkel the coral gardens to view the tropical marine life. Transfers and refreshments are included. Maximum 8 guests.
Enjoy a leisurely 90-minute cruise with a cocktail in hand and a dramatic view of the sun setting behind Moorea in the distance. Return to the marina for dinner and dessert at Casa Bianca, a casual oceanfront restaurant on Tahiti. This activitiy is a great option for travelers with an extended layover between inter-island and international flights out of Papeete. Price is per person, including transfers and luggage storage. Operates: Everyday
Enjoy a private full island tour with our friendly, expert guides, Vanessa and Mana. Visit Tahiti's natural and cultural highlights, including; the marae, grottos, Botanical Gardens, Vaima Springs, the Museum of Tahiti, waterfalls, the blowhole, Point Venus, surf spots and King Pomare V monument. Should you want to arrange stops at specific additional locations, these can be arranged with your guide.
Learn to surf some of the best waves in the world with private instruction from Aloha Surf School. This surf lesson can accommodate anyone over the age of 4 years old. Your experienced instructor will make sure you can master the basic techniques before you venture to multiple surfing spots along the western coast of the island. Price includes transportation and a surfboard. Operates: Everyday
Embark on a private snorkeling adventure aboard the Kaoriki, a 24-foot motorized Catamaran. After a stop at the famous Taapuna pass, you will explore the bay of Nuuroa to snorkel with green and hawksbill turtles. Then you will stop at the aquarium of Faa`s to snorkel with the many tropical fish around shipwrecks. Finally, you will stop at the Taapuna sandbank for a relaxation moment prior to going back to your hotel. Price is per person based on two people, maximum 12 persons. Operates: Everyday
Enjoy a private full island and Tahiti Iti tour, with your friendly, expert guides, Vanessa and Mana. Visit Tahiti's natural and cultural highlights, including; the marae, grottos, Botanical Gardens, Vaima Springs, waterfalls, the blowhole, Point Venus, surf spots, King Pomare V monument, Teahupoo PK0, Taravao plateau, and the Marche. Your guide will also stop for lunch at a Taravao restaurant (at your own expense). Should you want to arrange stops at specific additional locations, these can be arranged with your guide.