Oceania

Tahiti

vital statistics
  • Papeete
  • 180,000
  • French
  • CFP franc
about Tahiti

Explorers wouldn’t have believed their luck when they landed in Tahiti, the crown jewel of French Polynesia. In time, islands like Bora Bora would become renowned as a honeymooner’s barefoot bliss. But it’s not all snogging and snorkels – you don’t need to be loved-up to escape here.

The more adventurous will be rewarded for leaving their, albeit seductive, villas with the chance to crawl through lava tubes and swim with sharks. The dramatic peaks and valleys of the main island beckon climbing, the cascading waterfalls yearn to be abseiled and rocky outcrops need someone to catapult off them. After all that, camping on a deserted beach is a delicious flirt with isolation.

Or Frenchophiles will love the ability to practice their French and cycle around Papeete with a baguette in the basket.

However you spend your time here, the Tahitian catch cry “'aita pea pea” meaning “not to worry” will infect your way of being.