Tahiti, French Polynesia

Tahiti is the largest island in the Windward group and the heartbeat of French Polynesia. Not only is it the main port of call when arriving into Tahiti via Faa'a International Airport, it is also the main location for public services and the home to Papeete, the capital city. Papeete is a must-see: its harbor, gardens, boutiques, friendly food trucks, its colorful market, renowned handicraft and its ongoing cultural life.

Tahiti & Moorea

Tahiti & Moorea

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Tahiti and her islands are some of the most beautiful in all the south Pacific. Tahitians are very respectful and generous and kind. To hear random people say 'hello' on the street to strangers or even passersby is not uncommon. Many of the Tahitian kids are well into rap and hiphop, performing or practicing in the streets or in public squares.

The largest and most lively of all the French Polynesian islands, Tahiti lives at the pace of culture, music and dance. Attend an enchanting Tahitian dance show called Ori Tahiti, or visit a contemporary art exhibition or an unusual play, a traditional or modern concert. Tahiti and especially Papeete, provide the opportunity to discover artistic expression of all kinds, both unique and creative.

Surfer conquering the waves at Teahupoo, Tahiti

Tahiti, French Polynesia

Tahiti Basic Information

  • Country: French Polynesia
  • Language: French and Tahitian
  • Time Zone: UTC -10
  • Currency: French Pacific Franc called XPF or CFP Francs
  • Weather: The weather is ideal! The climate is tropical. The average ambient temperature is 80°F (27°C) and the waters of the lagoons average 79°F (26°C) in the winter and 84°F (29°C) in the summer. But do not worry, most resorts and hotel rooms are air conditioned or cooled by ceiling fans.
  • Country Code: 689
  • Region: The Pacific

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