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Affordable Tahiti: Where to Stay, Eat and Play on a Budget

The Islands of Tahiti - the beautiful sun-soaked islands we all dream about. Light, loose clothes, delightful French patisseries, adrenaline-filled natural experiences, heavenly massages, and world-class dining and accommodation have all made Tahiti a popular destination with a reputation for being expensive. But there are plenty of restaurants, hotels and activities in Tahiti that won’t cost you an arm and a leg nor compromise your experience.

Where to Stay:

You will be able to save some money on accommodation by choosing to stay in one of Tahiti’s outer islands such as Maupiti, Huahine, Raiatea or Tahaa. These islands are still home to the stunning scenery that the Islands of Tahiti are famous for – opaque lagoon waters, white sand beaches and vibrant coral reefs – but because they not as famous as Bora Bora and Mo’orea, they come with a smaller price tag.  

Another way to save money on accommodation is to skip the 5-star luxury resort and opt for a guest house style of accommodation instead. Guest houses are great because they are cheaper than the resorts, cleaner than a hostel and usually offer a much more authentic experience. Spacifica Travel work with several guest house accommodation providers in Tahiti and can help you book one to suit your budget and travel requirements.

Where to Eat:

Tahiti is full of 5-star restaurants and fine-dining experiences but for a much more authentic (and affordable) eating option, there are the roulottes. Roulottes (French for ‘caravans’), are food trucks and you’ll find several spots throughout Tahiti where they congregate, including the Papeete Roulottes, located by the Papeete port. The food trucks feature every style of food you could imagine, so whether you feel like traditional Tahitian food, something French or even just a pizza, burger or fries, there will be something there to suit your mood.

Another way to save money on food is to self-cater. If you’re staying somewhere like a guest house or apartment, you will likely have access to kitchen facilities. Head down to the local markets – an experience in itself – and pick up some fresh local produce so that you can prepare some of your own meals.

What to Do:

There are plenty of free (or almost free) activities to keep you entertained in French Polynesia. Exploring the mountainous inlands is a good start, as many are home to stunning jungle walks with jaw-dropping waterfalls or panoramic mountain views. While you may occasionally have to pay a small admittance fee, most of the walks will be free.

When it’s time to head to the water, take advantage of local expertise with a guided tour. They will be able to show you the best local fishing, snorkelling, swimming and kayaking areas are, and allows you to be carefree and make the most of your time in paradise.

Visiting the local markets is another great and unmissable experience – local fresh produce, traditionally cooked food and, if you’re lucky, live music or cultural displays.

Ask Spacifica:

Our team of specialist travel consultants can help you book your dream Tahitian holiday on a budget. We know where all the best value-for-money accommodation options are and can give you helpful tips and information to help you plan an amazing experience without breaking the bank. Get in touch on 1800 800 722 to start planning!

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