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Tahiti is the largest and the most populated of the French Polynesian islands. It appears from above like a figure eight, with the larger loop being Tahiti Nui (Big Tahiti) and the smaller loop being Tahiti Iti (Small Tahiti). Tahiti Nui is dominated by abrupt mountains in the centre, which drop to luxurious valleys, waterfalls, caves and ancient sites.

It is the home of Papeete, the capital of French Polynesia, which is a busy city of cultural celebration, world-class resorts, spas, fine dining, international cuisine, nightclubs, markets, and boutique shopping. It is also the political centre and main business district of French Polynesia. The beautiful natural world comes to life as you leave Papeete, where you will find stunning white and black sand beaches, world-class surf spots, ancient marae’s (worship sites), waterfalls, mountains and lush natural vegetation.

The marina of Tahiti Nui is a central location from which to island-hop to the other French Polynesian islands, and the international airport of Faa’a connects Tahiti to the rest of French Polynesia and the world. Tahiti Nui can be a busy metropolis or a relaxed escape, depending on the location. Many enjoy visiting nearby Moorea, only a 30-minute ferry ride from Papeete.

Tahiti Iti is the quieter, more traditional and less explored side of Tahiti. Unpretentious and lovely, this hidden gem attracts the more intrepid traveler, one looking to encounter traditional lifestyles and authentic experiences. Tahiti Iti has its share of beautiful beaches, caves and archaeological sites.

For more information about visiting Papeete and the surrounding island of Tahiti, get in touch with Spacifica Travel today on 1800 800 772. You can also view our current holiday specials on our Tahiti Packages page.

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