What to do and see in Tahiti, French Polynesia: The Best Places and Tips

February 7, 2018 Major Galusha

The unique and ubiquitous island of Tahiti is world-renowned for its Polynesian charm, colorful culture and romantic ambiance. The grass-skirted hip shaking of Tahitian dance is sure to get your toes tapping and heart thumping—let the celebratory vibe of this magical locale rejuvenate and excite you to the core. Warm-water lagoons and crystalline ocean tides are host to a rainbow’s worth of colorful marine life, and the food, drink, spas and dramatic nightlife provide an experience to stimulate all the senses.
Restaurants in Tahiti

1. Aremiti Ferry

Porto di Papeete | Moorea ferry station, Papeete 98713, French Polynesia +689 40 50 57 91
Excellent
54%
Good
38%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 969 reviews

Aremiti Ferry

Fast and confortable ferry crossing between Tahiti and Moorea. Operating 7 days a week, from 05:30am to 05:30pm.

Reviewed By Marlin L - Ocheyedan, Iowa

This is a very cost effective way to travel always on time very clean They handle your luggage with care Very easy

2. The Water Gardens of Vaipahi

Taravao, French Polynesia
Excellent
53%
Good
43%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 109 reviews

The Water Gardens of Vaipahi

Reviewed By ruthandvern - Wilton, California

This is a water based tropical garden park. It is also a well documented history of the attending to the dead immediately following in a series of nine locations and descriptive signage telling you what stage of the process and where it fits in the forgiveness, cleansing and purification for the traditional Tahitian approach to heaven. In addition there are several actual treks to take up into the mountain (some part of the ceremonial trail) one is quite a long loop. The entrance is free. Cruise ships send excursions by bus down to this place on the southwest corner of the island. There is also a gift shop with many nice items and immaculate bathrooms.

3. Paofai Gardens

Boulevard Pomare, Papeete 98714, French Polynesia
Excellent
55%
Good
36%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
0%
Terrible
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 241 reviews

Paofai Gardens

Reviewed By Allgoodthyngs - Shrewsbury, United Kingdom

We enjoyed walking along the waterfront in Papeete. The Gardens are well maintained and the pathway is easy to manage and suitable for wheelchairs and strollers too.
Lots of birds - they seem to be used to having humans around so will come quite close.
Locals use it for picnics, as did we! They also use it to practice dance and hook routines often with loud music but all in good humour and really entertaining especially if you try to join in!
Theres lovely breeze coming across the ocean and lovely to see all the yachts on the pontoons. So its a nice safe place to take a stroll or to sit and watch the goings on, however you can not escape the roadside noise and fumes.
This is a public place with no fees,

4. Museum of Tahiti and the Islands

Pk 15 | PO. Box 380 354, Punaauia, French Polynesia 689548435
Excellent
36%
Good
48%
Satisfactory
14%
Poor
2%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 228 reviews

Museum of Tahiti and the Islands

Le Musee de Tahiti et des Iles - Te Fare Manaha offre une decouverte de la culture polynesienne a travers quatre salles d'exposition permanente consacrees au milieu naturel, a la culture materielle, a la vie sociale, religieuse et a l'histoire.Le musee propose egalement des expositions temporaires. Museum tells the story of Tahiti and the Islands featuring exhibits on Polynesian history, culture, environment and ethnology.

Reviewed By TwoAmps - San Diego

This is one of the best collection of pre-contact French Polynesian artifacts anywhere. The Bishop Museum in Honolulu and the Museum of New Zealand have more extensive collections from across the Pacific, but here is an excellent collection focused on some truly iconic French Polynesian artifacts. The natural history section is OK; the Polynesian migration explanation and timeline seemed a bit dated. The 19th and 20th history section can be explored quite quickly, and the Gardens are wonderful. Overall, certainly worth the round trip taxi fare from the airport or the Intercontinental. The museum will call you a taxi for the return trip. We planned on spending an hour but ended up spending two. Most but not all of the explanations are in French, so the offline camera function of Google Translate comes in handy if your French skills are as pathetic as ours.

5. Municipal Market

Francois Cardella Colette Streets, Papeete 98714, French Polynesia
Excellent
32%
Good
44%
Satisfactory
20%
Poor
3%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 793 reviews

Municipal Market

This large and bustling market hall offers local farm products, handicrafts, souvenirs and a variety of fish and food products.

Reviewed By vikitorisedona - Prescott, Arizona

Nice to get a feel of the local products, but the prices are not what I associate with market prices. I mean $7 for a small bar of soap. Seriously?

6. Musee de la Perle Robert WAN - The Robert WAN Pearl Museum

Boulevard Pomare, Papeete 98713, French Polynesia +689 40 46 15 55
Excellent
26%
Good
50%
Satisfactory
21%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 328 reviews

Musee de la Perle Robert WAN - The Robert WAN Pearl Museum

The only museum in the world that is dedicated to pearls presents exhibits depicting the art, history, philosophy and mythology of these beautiful gems.

Reviewed By Kay M - Augusta, GA

It’s not a big exhibit, but it was informative and thorough. We loved the Robert Wan jewelry creations on display here, but they are not cheap. They should not be since the pearls used are of very high quality. If you are looking for the real deal, look no further. The museum is within walking distance from most everywhere downtown if you are a walker. If not, beware. There is a nice walking path directly across the street on the water.

7. Terevau Navette

IV Boulevard de la Reine Pomare | Papeete Ferry Terminal, Terminal 1, Papeete 98714, French Polynesia +689 40 50 03 50
Excellent
55%
Good
35%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 73 reviews

Terevau Navette

Reviewed By Marcel T

It is fast when it moves, cuts throughout the Pacific Ocean with ease. This catamaran has a cafe for you to buy snacks and drinks. Travels between Papeete and Moorea it is about NZ$19 for an adult return ticket. It has comfortable seats inside and it is also great to stand on the upper deck or more like side deck. Ensure you hold firmly on the railings because as the catamaran travels fast it is also windy at the same time.

8. Notre Dame Cathedral

Place Notre Dame, Papeete 98714, French Polynesia
Excellent
29%
Good
39%
Satisfactory
27%
Poor
5%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 237 reviews

Notre Dame Cathedral

Reviewed By Allgoodthyngs - Shrewsbury, United Kingdom

Whilst in Papeete its hard not to notice the Cathedral which is visible form several areas of the town. Its a central focal point with its high tower. Impressive structure on the outside and pleasingly simple on the inside. The highlight for me was the style of the stained glass. Polynesian symbols of culture and heritage remain behind the countries Christianisation.
Inside the Cathedral several homeless people were sleeping and paid no attention to us. The Cathedral appreciates donations, photography is allowed

9. Trou du Souffleur de Arahoho

Papeete, French Polynesia
Excellent
26%
Good
42%
Satisfactory
23%
Poor
7%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 355 reviews

Trou du Souffleur de Arahoho

Reviewed By TexasCatBird - Gatesville, TX

Unlike some reviewers I thought this blow hole was far less impressive than others we have seen in other locales around the world. Yet, what I did like was the deep growling noise heard from the "dragon" which was on the other side of the road from the blow hole. Enjoyed the scene from the blow hole look out. Also thought the black sand beach nearby was a good photo opportunity.

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