Holiday in Tahiti – so much to see and do
As the largest of the Windward Islands of French Polynesia and home to the only international airport in the group, so even if you are not staying here, you will pass through en route to your destination. Yet with so much to see and do, perhaps it’s worth stopping for a few days holiday in Tahiti, splitting your trip between this bustling island of history and culture, and the sleepier resort that is your ultimate goal. Tahiti has a rich and proud history, and was even visited by Charles Darwin on his famous voyages. This history, and its links with French culture, is celebrated every July with the Heiva Festival in the capital Papeete. This extravaganza of dance and music, sports and spectacle is a must see if you can time your holiday in Tahiti to include it, as it also commemorates the storming of the Bastille in Paris that set the French free.
Even if you miss the festival, there’s still plenty to do on holiday in Tahiti, from jeep and horseback safaris into the majestic mountains, to swimming in the fern ringed caves of the fascinating shoreline. Tee off for a golf round you’ll never forget at the 18 holes Olivier Breaud International golf course, or try your hand as a host of water sports around the coast. You can even check out the stars in stunning style, as the observatory near Faa’a opens its doors for visitors to take advantage of the clear Polynesian skies. Whatever you do on holiday in Tahiti, don’t miss Papeete. With its vibrant market, lively nightlife and top quality restaurants and boutiques, Papeete is a destination all by itself. And from the busy Papeete Wharf you can catch a ferry and reach many of the other islands in the group in around an hour and start exploring all over again.