Mountain peaks, rainforests, waterfalls, beaches, rivers and streams – you will find them all in this beautiful island of French Polynesia. Once used as base by Thomas Cook for exploring the South Pacific, Tahiti today is an international vacation spot offering both, white and black sand beaches. Apart from interesting excursions and hiking, one can indulge in activities like golf, horseback riding, parasailing, skiing, scuba diving, and pearl shopping.
Climate is warm and friendly throughout the year with temperature ranging from 80 to 85 degrees Fahrenheit. Rainfall is insignificant even in the rainy season, which is from October to March. Nearby islands of Huahine, Moorea, and Bora Bora are also extremely beautiful, so make sure you visit them as well.
Here are some of the major attractions of Tahiti you can’t afford to miss out:
1. Belvedere Overlook
Whether you are a photographer or just want an awesome view of the bright blue ocean, Belvedere Overlook is the place to be. One can also get a panoramic view of the Moorea island from here.
2. Harrison Smith Botanical Garden
Harrison Smith Botanical Garden is home to innumerable species of flowers, orchids and tropical plants.
3. Musée Gauguin or The Paul Gauguin Museum
Housed in the Harrison Smith Botanical Garden, this museum depicts the life of the French Painter Gauguin with an amazing collection of sculptures and carvings.
4. James Norman Hall Home
Erstwhile home of the famous author, James Norman Hall, this historic place is quite popular among the literature lovers.
5. Point Venus
Surrounded by black sand beaches, this lovely bay has been serving as a landing site to Tahiti since the times of Captain Cook and Captain William Bligh.
6. Tahiti Lagoonarium
This is an underwater aquarium housing over a thousand species of marine creatures like shark, turtle, moray eel, and tropical fish. This is also the right place to see shark feeding.
7. Fautaua Waterfall
Fautaua Waterfall is one of the tallest in the world. It falls from a height of 980 ft.
8. Maraa Grotto
Also called the Paroa Cave, this is actually a couple of caves with black water lakes inside. The lakes are much deeper than they actually appear to be.