|First and foremost, people visit Tahiti because it’s a tropical island destination – the beautiful, if somewhat unusual black beaches (caused by the volcanic activity) and the gorgeous blue seas make Tahiti especially popular with couples looking for a romantic getaway, as well as those who come here for their honeymoon or even to renew their vows to each other.
From the beaches you can enjoy numerous water sports including scuba diving and snorkelling, kitesurfing, windsurfing and more in addition to fishing and boating and seeing shark and stingray feedings.
On dry land there’s actually a lot to see in Tahiti if you enjoy beautiful scenery. A popular pastime for visitors is an island tour as you can take in all the best sites, these include the following:
Papeete is the capital city of Tahiti and has an eclectic, almost cosmopolitan feel to it! This is not your typical tropical paradise, but is good for shopping. Alongside the busy harbour and the streetsides you’ll find many cafés and restaurants serving all different nationalities of cuisines. Perhaps a little surprising to some visitors though is the fact that you’ll also find high end boutiques here with French clothing and jewellery, though try the market place ‘Le Marche’ for a cheaper shopping experience!
Botanical Garden and Gauguin Museum
Located on the west coast at Papeari is Tahiti’s Botanical Garden where you can see many of the regions native plants up close and personal. Right next door to the botanical gardens is the Gauguin Museum.
Les Trios Cascades
Those familiar with French will know that Les Trois Cascades means the ‘three waterfalls’! These beautiful waterfalls are located inland on Tahiti Nui island.
Other attractions on Tahiti include the tomb of Tahiti’s only king, King Pomare the Fifth; the Arahurahu Marae, a restored religious site where you’ll find some interesting structures which were built out of stone blocks as a tribute to the old gods; the Arahoho Blowhole which has formed in the road and can be quite spectacular; and the Pointe Venus Lighthouse, named by Captain Cook, from where you can see beautiful coastal views.