Though the name Tahiti can loosely refer to any of the island’s in the French Polynesian chain, Tahiti is also the principle island and home to the capital city, Papeete. Since most travelers fly in and out of this port town, there is plenty to explore before you jet off to more remote, relaxing islands. Papeete is a bustling and welcoming town with boutique shops and markets, including Le Marché, which sells vanilla beans, monoi oil, and colorful pearls. Tahiti is also the island chain’s hub of cultural activity, with lively Tahitian dance shows on the weekends.
For couples wishing to marry in French Polynesia, a marriage application must be completed, along with copies of passports, certified birth certificates, and single-status forms. Divorce and death decrees are also required if applicable. For additional details, check with your Certified Destination Wedding Specialist.
Travel Documents, Language & Currency
Residents of the US and Canada only need a passport and do not need a visa to enter Tahiti. If you are a citizen of the US, visit travel.state.gov for more information on travel documents needed. For Canadian travelers, visit travel.gc.ca for relevant travel information.
French and Tahitian are the main languages of The French Polynesian islands, but English is widely understood.
The French Polynesia franc is the official currency of the islands, but some resorts accept US dollars.
Climate & Beaches
The islands of Tahiti enjoy year-round tropical weather. Dry season runs between May to October and has average temperatures of 82 degrees F. November through April is the wet season, with average temperatures of 86 degrees F and occasional showers.
Though Tahiti is well-known for its white-sand beaches like Punaaui, the island also has a number of black and pink sand beaches, including Venus Point. If you are an experience surfer or just want to see impressive waves, Plage de Toaroto has stunning Pacific swells.
Activities & Tourist Attractions
Further inland, Tahiti has impressive land, with rainforests and mountains filled with waterfalls and fruiting tropical trees. Try a jeep or ATV excursion to see great views of the island, or hike through the forest. For a romantic excursion, visit Fautaua Waterfall, one of the tallest in the world which cascades over volcanic cliffs. The Maraa Grotto is also a popular cavern that has deceptively clear black water, making the cave feel smaller than it is. In Papeete, the capital city, a number of markets sell Tahitian treasures like black pearls and vanilla.
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