Located halfway between California and Hawaii, deep in the south pacific, Tahiti, the largest island in French Polynesia is an exotic paradise like no other. Not only can beauty be found in every corner of the island, but Tahiti is thriving with things to do and see, many of which should not be missed. A road that wraps around the island stretching 117Km long passes many of these “not to be missed” places including historic monuments, museums, temple ruins, beaches, waterfalls, cliffs, gardens, and countless other scenic views.
While vacationing in Tahiti, a visit to Papeete, the capital city, where endless world-class resorts, spas, fine restaurants, nightclubs, pearl shops, and boutiques are located should be included in the itinerary as well as shopping at some of the outdoor markets for native items such as pareus (sarongs), woven baskets and monoi (French Polynesian beauty products). Bargains can be found in all these places since the local currency of Tahiti, as well as the rest of the French Polynesian islands, is the French Pacific franc, (notated as CFP) and is worth about a tenth of the US dollar. Scuba diving, surfing, water skiing, and a variety of other water sports are some of the most popular things to do in the warm waters of the south pacific; however, if you are more of the observer type, catch a surf competition or sailboat race.
Since Tahiti is set among the French Polynesia Islands, day trips to various other islands are convenient and well worth it. An essential day trip is the island of Moorea, a quiet island with a more relaxed way of life and spectacular scenery. Visit the small villages and the summit called “Le Belvedere,” which ends in a breathtaking panoramic view. Bora Bora, another of the islands, famous world wide for its marine life, is only an hour away by plane and is well worth the trip to see the unique blue and green lagoons and the shark feeding expeditions.
Tahiti enjoys sunny and pleasant weather year round, with November through May being its warmer and humid season and June through October becoming cooler and drier. The average temperature year round is 79F.
If you are ready to call your travel agent, don’t just yet. The most economical way to travel to Tahiti is with an all inclusive package from Los Angeles or New York City and the best deals are on the internet not at your travel agency. Specials offer week long stays on Tahiti, including food, beverage and roundtrip airfare out of Los Angeles for about 0.00 and out of New York City for about 5.00.