Tahiti Travel Guide

Where to eat, sleep, and play in French Polynesia

Cooks Bay Tahiti


Spread across five archipelagos in the South Pacific’s French Polynesia, the islands of Tahiti are truly paradisiacal—the romance is off the scale.

Sand islets and coral atolls dot the intensely blue, transparent waters, and the islands are verdant with palms and forests, vanilla farms and tropical blooms.

Thatched-roof overwater bungalows (farés) propped on stilts are the signature accommodations here—and many of them feature tropical-luxe furnishings and glass cutouts in their floors to watch the undersea life below.

Good buys: black pearls, vanilla beans, pareus, Monoi coconut oil scented with tiaré, aphrodisiacal noni juice—and tattoos!



There's no high season, though the best, slightly cooler weather is during the May-to-October dry season. Bargains are rare, but newly opened resorts may offer introductory rates.

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