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Tahiti’s Hidden Gems: Off-the-Beaten-Path Escapes

Published 23rd Feb 2024

With so much to see and explore in the Islands of Tahiti, it can be easy to miss some of the islands’ hidden gems. Which is a shame, because some of the lesser-known, off-the-beaten-path escapes make for some of the most memorable experiences while on a Tahiti or Bora Bora holiday.

At Spacifica Travel, we love helping people plan and book Tahiti holiday packages that tick off everything they want to see and do while exploring these stunning South Pacific islands. Let’s take a look at some Tahiti hidden gems which you should absolutely add to your travel itinerary the next time you visit this heavenly part of the world.

Visit Rangiroa

The second largest atoll in the world, Rangiroa is a truly breathtaking collection of lagoons, marinelife, islets, and unmatched serenity. Located just 60 minutes from Papeete’s airport, Rangiroa is relatively isolated compared to many of Tahiti’s other locations, but is well worth the trip, especially if you love diving or exploring a vibrant underwater world.

While you can enjoy a day trip to Rangiroa, if you wish to stay here, then you can find accommodation at the luxurious Hotel Kia Ora Resort & Spa. Situated on its own islet, this resort is comfortable, spacious, and styled after traditional Polynesian designs.

Go to the Museum of Tahiti and Her Islands

It’s important to learn about the history and culture of the places you visit during your Tahiti holiday, and there are few better places to get that education than at the Museum of Tahiti and Her Islands. Here, you will find artwork, exhibitions, and information about the past and present works of French Polynesia.

It’s a terrific way to spend the day, with the museum being open all week except for Mondays. Learn all about the fascinating history and culture of the islands and the people who have lived there for generations.

Fly to Huahine

Huahine, often referred to as the Garden of Eden, stands out as a must-visit destination within the Islands of Tahiti. Its lush landscapes and pristine waters offer a serene escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Unlike its more famous counterparts, Huahine retains an unspoiled charm and a slower pace of life, making it ideal for travellers seeking tranquillity and authenticity.

The island is rich in culture, with archaeological sites that tell the tales of its ancient Polynesian settlers. Visitors can explore vanilla plantations, pearl farms, and engage in water activities such as snorkelling in its crystal-clear lagoons. The welcoming locals add to Huahine’s allure, inviting guests to experience their traditions and way of life. For those in pursuit of natural beauty, cultural richness, and an authentic Polynesian experience, Huahine is an unparalleled choice.


Taha’a, often overshadowed by its more prominent neighbours in the Tahitian archipelago, is a hidden gem that deserves a spot on every traveller's itinerary. Known as the Vanilla Island, it allures visitors with the sweet scent of vanilla lingering in the air, thanks to its numerous vanilla plantations. This tranquil island offers a glimpse into the traditional Polynesian way of life, far removed from the tourist crowds.

Its unspoiled landscapes, with soft, sandy beaches and turquoise waters, are perfect for those seeking relaxation and a deep connection with nature. The surrounding coral reefs are a snorkeler's paradise, teeming with vibrant marine life. Taha’a’s authentic charm, combined with its culinary delights and warm hospitality, makes it a quintessential Polynesian escape.

Travel to the Islands of Tahiti with Spacifica Travel

If you are looking for a Tahiti holiday package that includes everything you need, including some plans to visit off-the-beaten-path locations, contact the friendly team at Spacifica Travel today!

Photos courtesy of Hotel Kia Ora, Rangiaroa , Tahiti Tourisme 

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