The Islands of Tahiti are world-renowned for their white-sand beaches, stunning turquoise lagoons and varied landscapes ranging from coral atolls to volcanic mountain peaks. Each island offers a variety of accommodation experiences from luxurious resorts with overwater villas, to family guesthouses, to sailing via private charter or scheduled cruise. The Islands of Tahiti offers visitors the space to relax and reconnect.
Clustered into five archipelagos: the Society Islands, the Tuamotu Islands, the Gambier Islands, the Marquesas Islands, and the Austral Islands, The Islands of Tahiti have a delightful blend of Polynesian and French cultures, and a consistently tropical climate. Each of the 118 islands and atolls feels distinctive, with local customs and traditions that differ from one another.
Austral Islands: The Austral Islands, located south of the island of Tahiti on the Tropic of Capricorn, represent the southernmost boundary of French Polynesia. The climate is cooler than other Tahitian islands and the ecology of these self-sufficient islands make them a charming world apart. Experience whale watching, colorful and unique villages, friendly locals, and archaeological relics.
Gambier Islands: Located more than 994 miles southeast of Tahiti, at the end of the Tuamotu Islands, this archipelago is the most remote and the least populated of French Polynesia. With only 1,000 inhabitants, it shelters 4 islands within the same lagoon: Mangareva, ‘Akamaru, ‘Aukena and Taravai, with dozens of islets, called motu. There are 14 Gambier islands in the South Pacific, the largest being Mangareva.
Marquesas Islands: The Marquesas Islands have high cliffs, volcanic peaks,impressive archaeological sites, wild nature, and untouchedblack sand beaches. Located 932 miles from Papeete, they offerthe traveler a trip of a lifetime. The Marquesans call their islandsthe “Land of Men” or “Te Henua ‘Enana.” The Marquesas Islandsoffer world-class scuba diving for visitors seeking a glimpse ofspectacular marine life.
Society Islands: The Society Islands include the country’s main island, Tahiti, herenchanting sister island, Moorea, Marlon Brando’s Tetiaroaparadise atoll, and multiple other world-class islands in between.No one can forget the most famous Society Island, Bora Bora,known for its blue lagoon surrounded by coral reefs.
Tuamotu Islands: The Tuamotu Islands consist of 77 atolls spread over 930 miles,forming the largest chain of atolls on earth. Coconut plantationscover the motus (islets) of the coral barrier reef. The beauty ofthe lagoons, unique underwater world, and white sand beachesmake the Tuamotu Islands a unique and idyllic group of islands.
When to go / useful information
When to go
Tahiti welcomes visitors throughout the year, but our preferred months for travel are from April to June and September to October.
Currency: French Pacific Franc (XPF)
Language: French and Tahitian
What makes it special: Tahiti offers a remarkable Polynesian paradise, with pristine beaches, crystal-clear lagoons, lush tropical landscapes, and a vibrant local culture. The warm Tahitian hospitality, traditional customs, and the stunning natural beauty make it one of our top travel destinations.
Weather: Tahiti enjoys a tropical climate year-round. The wet season, from November to April, brings occasional heavy rainfall, while the dry season, from May to October, offers sunny days and comfortable temperatures, making it a great time to visit.
Social customs: In Tahiti, locals are known for their warm and welcoming nature. Greetings are often accompanied by "Ia orana" or "Bonjour," and it's customary to kiss on both cheeks as a friendly welcome. The Tahitian way of life values family and community, with traditional customs such as dance and music playing a central role. Visitors are encouraged to immerse themselves in the local culture, attend cultural performances, and try traditional Polynesian dishes. Tipping is not a common practice, but showing appreciation for good service with a thank you or a small gift is appreciated. When invited to a Tahitian home, bringing a small gift or a bouquet of flowers is a thoughtful gesture.