The turtle-shaped island is made up of two volcanic mountain ranges. There are two parts to the island – Tahiti Nui and Tahiti Iti linked by an isthmus.

The islands are surrounded by black volcanic sand beaches. Given their remoteness, it’s no surprise that Hawaii has more visitors in two weeks than Tahiti sees in a whole year. The majority of the 280,000 population are Polynesian, along with people of mixed heritage, Europeans and Chinese. It is a youthful nation, with more than half of the population under 20 years of age. The Tahitians are generous, respectful and friendly, living by the motto ‘aita pea pea’ or ‘not to worry’. The climate is tropical (as you would expect) and the interior boasts lush valleys and high volcanic peaks up to 2,200m and breath-taking waterfalls. It is rich in archaeological sites, with lots of great hiking to enjoy. The word tattoo comes from Tahiti – ‘tatou’ – and pretty much everyone you meet of working age sports tattoos that carry great social or religious significance.

Next destination


  • Tahiti is home to one of the world’s greatest surfing spots – check out the pros riding the waves at Teahupo'o.
  • Don’t miss the incredible market in Pape’ete, Tahiti’s vibrant capital city.
  • Visit the beautiful volcanic island of Moorea and explore on foot or quadbikes.
  • Make sure to see the only Pearl Museum in the world.


A flavour of Tahiti


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