Bucket List: Top 10 Best things to see and do in Tahiti
The beautiful island of Tahiti is a popular romantic destination for couples and honeymooners, offering scenic nature spots and thrilling activities. Apart from its French cuisine, there are lots of best things to do in Tahiti from visiting black and white sand beaches, waterfalls, to exploring coral gardens and lagoons.
So to know more about what this stunning island has to offer, here is the list of the top 10 best things to do in Tahiti.
1. Coral Garden
Exploring the Tahitian Coral Garden is one of the most magnificent natural wonders on the island where divers can capture the diverse marine life. It’s accessible by staying at Taha’a Island Resort and Spa, or by partaking in a Tahaa boat tour which includes a snorkeling activity at the Coral Garden.
2. Overwater Bungalow
Tahiti’s overwater bungalows were originally built five decades ago as locals’ stilted residences. Today, the overwater bungalows of the Island of Tahiti serve as luxurious suites complete with the finest amenities and lodging. Some of the famous overwater bungalows on the island include Intercontinental Bora Bora Le Moana Resort and Royal Huahine.
3. Huahine Natural Aquarium
Another must-do on the island of Tahiti, the Huahine Natural Aquarium offers a tour in shallow lagoon waters for marine life observation. The excursion will take 1 hour and 30 minutes, featuring an observation deck for visitors, and up-close encounters for divers and thrill-seekers.
If in search of a special and private tour with friends, or planning an intimate honeymoon, hiring a Catamaran yacht to sail across the island is the best way to enjoy your vacation. Whether you are sailing in a day or a week, boarding a yacht is very convenient to visit the islands of your choice.
5. Sharks and Stingrays Encounter
To level up your marine life experience, the Island of Tahiti offers Sharks and Stingrays Encounter tours, where tourists can swim and snorkel around with these beautiful creatures. So if you are a bit adventurous, this tour is a one-of-a-kind experience that you should go for.
6. Museum of Tahiti and The Islands
The Museum of Tahiti and Her Islands is a must-visit attraction where tourists can get to know more of the island’s deep history and culture. Situated in Puna’auia, Tahiti, the national museum was established in 1974 featuring the island’s geography, natural history, pre-European culture, colonization period, and natural wonders.
7. Mount Aorai
If you are looking for an activity to connect with nature, Mount Aorai is the perfect place to go. It is also the best spot for adrenaline junkies as many tours are offering a full-day hike to Tahiti’s third-highest mountain. Peaking at 2066 meters, Mount Aorai is considered one of the best hiking spots in French Polynesia, and also one of the most breathtaking views across the world.
8. Blue Lagoon
Situated on the western side of the Rangiroa atoll, the Blue Lagoon is a worthwhile trip that you should do in Tahiti. The islets feature a summer paradise filled with white sand and beautiful coral reefs within the main reef. It is also one of the most popular attractions on the island where tourists can snorkel with sickle fin lemon sharks and blacktip reef sharks.
Whether you’re a novice or pro surfer, you should not miss visiting Teahupo’o in Tahiti. Teahupo’o is known as one of the heaviest and scariest waves in the world where thrill-seeking surfers gather. It is also the venue for the annual Billabong Pro Surfer Competition, and where Laird Hamilton rode the “heaviest wave” and Malik Joyeux rode the “largest wave”.
10. Papeete Market
Lastly, a must-visit for any tourist coming to Tahiti, the Papeete Market is a great place to buy souvenirs of French Polynesian products, and taste the local foods. You can also find some unique wood carvings ideal for home decors, or even beach wears and accessories.
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Our Top Hotel Picks for Tahiti
- InterContinental Resort Tahiti [check rates and availability] – Set amid tropical gardens and bordering a lagoon, this upscale spa resort is 7 km from Bougainville Park and 8 km from Papeete Market.
- Le Tahiti by Pearl Resorts [check rates and availability] – On the shores of Matavai Bay, this chic hotel is 6 km from Papeete Tahiti Temple and 8 km from the Robert Wan Pearl Museum.
- Bounty Lodge [check rates and availability] – The Bounty Lodge offers boutique accommodation located close to the airport end of town, and is set back on large park-like grounds.
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