Tahiti is actually made up of two islands, the largest of these is Tahiti Nui (big Tahiti) which plays host to thousands of visitors every year, many of whom come for rest and relaxation in one of the island’s luxury overwater bungalows.
With beaches of the purest white sand, french cuisine and 4 and 5 star accommodation, Tahiti is a popular destination for weddings, honeymoons and romance. Other popular activities on the islands include: Polynesian dancing; hiking; snorkelling; scuba diving; whale watching (July to November); a short excursion to Tahiti’s sister island, Moorea; and shopping in the markets of the capital Papeete.
For many tourists, no visit to the South Pacific is complete without a stay on the island of Bora Bora. Explore the island’s interior by four-wheel drive, or get up close to nature hiking through tranquil rainforest. Or take it nice and easy on the sand overlooking one of the world’s most beautiful lagoons.
If you missed your chance in Tahiti, you owe it to yourself to spend at least one night in a Tahitian style overwater bungalow on Bora Bora. Watch the fish darting in and out of your view through a glass pane in the floor. Be rocked gently to sleep by the rhythm of the water lapping at the base of your bungalow. Then after a peaceful night’s sleep, wake up to a breakfast delivered in a traditional dugout canoe.
With low humidity and an average temperature of 26 degrees celsius, the best time to go is from May through to October however, tourist numbers also increase around Christmas and Easter. Naturally, tourist numbers dwindle during the wet season (November to April) when torrential rainfall limits the number of activities on offer.
Travel Quiz: Test Your Knowledge of Tahiti?
How much do you know about Tahiti? Did you pay much attention to the culture and surrounds on your last visit, or were you completely lost in the tropical sunshine and coconut-based cocktails? Take this Quiz designed by Travel Associates to test your knowledge of this tropical island paradise.