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The 118 Islands of Tahiti are some of the most beautiful destinations in the world, and perfect for a relaxed holiday. Grouped into five archipelagos - the Austral, Gambier, Marquesas, Society and Tuamotu - Tahiti holidays are perfect for couples and families looking for that once-in-a-lifetime experience.

Also known as French Polynesia, holidays in the Islands of Tahiti offer heavenly blue waters, picture-perfect sandy beaches, lush forestry and shallow lagoons. The waters around them are protected UNESCO Biosphere Reserves, with an abundance of varied marine life.

Explored by Captain James Cook in the 18th century, you can go scuba diving or snorkelling to see manta rays, sharks, turtles and dolphins up close, or book a boat cruise aboard a luxury vessel. The Tahiti islands are the ideal place for island-hopping and getting a flavour of each area.

The islands of Tahiti holidays: simply paradise

Rest your head in a floating overwater villa at secluded Bora Bora with breakfast personally delivered by canoe. Spend the day taking a 4x4 tour of Mount Pahia, the island's beautiful waterfalls and taking a dip in one of the freshwater pools. Uncover the splendour of Moorea Island with a visit to its fragrant vanilla plantations, a scenic walk through its volcanic landscapes, and finish up on the romantic Opunohu Bay, which is surrounded by peaks and greenery.

Why not join a Tahiti tour and discover the capital, Papeete? It’s famous for its pearl farm, lively markets and nearby Mount Orohena.

For a more remote experience, take a boat trip to Raiatea and Tahaa Islands and witness the incredible coral reefs, marine life, and fruit plantations.

Located between the United States and Australia, Tahiti Island holidays are ideally paired with a city for a multi-centre holiday. Stop off for a city break in Japan or San Francisco before flying over to your Pacific retreat. Once you’ve reached the islands of Tahiti, you can take a short flight or travel by boat to visit neighbouring spots, or sign up for one of our Tahiti tours.

 

Destination Highlights

  • Discover romantic Bora Bora, the islands of Tahiti's most popular honeymoon destination, with overwater villas, secluded beaches and coral reefs
  • Embark on an adventure of Moorea Island's breath-taking volcanic landscape, dramatic waterfalls, imposing cliffs, and vanilla and pineapple plantations
  • The most famous, Tahiti, is the largest of the islands, boasting black sand beaches, lagoons, extinct volcanoes and buzzing markets
  • The quieter Raiatea and Tahaa Islands are a boating lover's dream, with azure waters, coconut and banana groves to explore

Great sample itineraries


Get inspired by our selection of popular itineraries for Tahiti holidays. The Islands of Tahiti offer a blend of Polynesian culture, with opportunities to snorkel, scuba dive, visit the stunning forests, volcanoes, plantations and sample some of the most delicious cuisine.

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Tahiti Multi Centre Holidays

  • 16 Days
  • Guide Price £6,499 PP
With just over a hundred islands and atolls in the Islands of Tahiti, island hopping is a must. Immerse yourself...
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Beach holidays
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Polynesia Dream Cruise

  • 16 Days
  • Guide Price £4,995 PP
Embark on a sailing trip of a lifetime on board one of Archipels Cruises and discover some of the most...
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Couples Holidays
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Polynesia Dream Cruise - Raiatea to Tahiti

  • 11 Days
Embark on a sailing trip of a lifetime on board one of Archipels Cruises and discover some of the most...
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Beach holidays
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Luxury Cruise To Bora Bora

  • 8 Days
Known around the world for its vibrant marine life, intricate coral reefs and turquoise lagoon it is not surprising that...
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Cruise holidays
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Tahiti Island Hopping Cruise

  • 8 Days
Paul Gauguin Cruises’ flagship, The Gauguin¸ designed purposely to glide through the shallow waters of the South Pacific, is perfect...
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Couples Holidays
Bora Bora, The Islands of Tahiti

Cruise Tahiti Islands

  • 16 Days
  • Guide Price £4,219 PP
Embark on an island adventure, discovering the sheer beauty of the Islands of Tahiti. Explore palm fringed islands, immerse yourself...
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Beach holidays
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Luxury South Pacific Cruise

  • 14 Days
  • Guide Price £5,799 PP
Discover the sheer beauty of French Polynesia and the Cook Islands on a Paul Guauguin cruise; the perfect way to...
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Beach holidays

Explore Tahiti Islands

Time Zone

GMT -10

Flight Time

Approx. 30 house + 2 stops

Currency

Pacific Franc (CFP)

Visa Information

British citizens do not require a visa to travel to the islands of Tahiti if your stay is less than 90 days. However you will need a valid passport for at least six months from the date of arrival.

Language

French and Tahitian, though most hotels and services also speak English.

Health Info

No special vaccinations are required. It's important to contact your GP for latest recommendations.

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Diving and snorkelling

Discover the underwater world with enchanting coral gardens and crystal clear waters as you spot an abundance of fantastic sealife such as sharks, manta rays, dolphins, turtles, and exotic fish.

Best time to visit Tahiti Islands

Visiting the islands of Tahiti during the islanders winter time, from May to October, is generally recognised as the best time to go. Temperatures are still pleasant but the humidity is less intense. Summertime in this region (from November to April) can be very rainy and muggy.

 

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Charlie, Destination Manager

“Air Tahiti flies to 47 of the islands of Tahiti, making it a great way to get between them. For a more scenic and slower way to travel, you can also island-hop by boat. Tahiti is the only island with public transport, so when you’re on the islands, the best way to get around is with a hire car or your own scooter.”

 

Charlie
Destination Manager
Lucy, Destination Specialist

“Keen hikers will be in paradise on the islands of Tahiti. Take trails past the impressive waterfalls and dip into the freshwater pools below to cool off. The coastline is also great for trekking. It’s home to over 100 species of birds, as well as tropical flowers. In the ocean there are giant turtles, tiger sharks, dolphins, and lemon sharks.”

 

Lucy
Destination Specialist

Local Cuisine

Get a flavour of the local culture through your palate during your islands of Tahiti holiday. Here are a few of our favourite dishes.

 

Poisson cru

A Polynesian favourite, poisson cru is a fresh-tasting, flavoursome marinated raw fish dish with a mouth-watering blend of citrus juices and coconut milk. Definitely try it out during your visit to the islands of Tahiti.

 

Chevreffes

Chevreffes is a special infusion of ingredients that are locally-sourced from the islands, and consist of freshwater shrimp cooked with coconut milk and vanilla.

 

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