Tahiti is the largest of the Polynesian islands with its population most concentrated in Papeete which is a major shipping crossroad located on Tahiti's northwest corner.
Shopping-lovers will enjoy Papeete's chic shops, busy municipal market, waterfront area and lively mix of French, Polynesian, and Chinese cultures. Its suburbs sprawl up the mountains overlooking the city for miles along the coast in both directions.
The interior of the island offers splendid and unforgettable opportunities for hiking or safari 4x4 excursions, with impressive waterfalls, archeological sites, grottos and more.
Things to see and do
* Scuba diving & snorkeling
* Lagoonarium - 12km west of Papeete
* Ferry ride to Moorea island
* Papeete waterfront area
* Visit the morning market (Marche du Pape'ete)
Cruise Season - Jan - Dec
Currency - Cour de Franc Pacifique (CFP)
Language - Tahitian, French, & English
Land Area - 17.4 km²
Population - 30,000
Electricity - 2 pin Round pins European style
Time - GMT minus ten hours
International Country Telephone Code - + 689
Port Location - Papeete curves around the harbor with the waterfront area centrally located in downtown Papeete.
Transport Links - Tahiti is accessible by air from most parts of the world. All international air traffic comes through Faa Airport in Pape'ete.
Taxis, rental cars, scooters and bicycles are available for hire and a local bus service , known as le truck is cheap and reliable for getting around Papeete.