Destination guide

Tahiti _ the pearl of French Polynesia

Tahiti _ the very name conjures images of the exotic and the paradisiacal. The real thing doesn't disappoint. Ancient volcanos have whittled the backcountry into a relief of rugged valleys and waterways. Jungles drip from the chiseled gorges there and delve into mirror-like lagoons of translucent water. The coast is a place of black-rock sands and lapping Pacific seas, where the shorelines have sprouted the most coveted Tahiti vacation rentals of all; over-water bungalows with front-row seats atop the reefs. The capital _ Papeete _ is also worth a visit, fusing frantic Polynesian markets with enthralling museums dedicated to Tiki kings.

Things to do

Tiki tales in Tahiti

Tahiti isn't just the largest of the islands of French Polynesia. It's also its cultural epicenter. The capital of Papeete is a great place to seek out Tahiti vacation rentals if you want to trade in glowing lagoons for fascinating Tiki relics and exhibits. The Robert Wan Pearl Museum offers a glimpse of the long tradition of jewelry making on the archipelago, while the Museum of Tahiti and the Islands just around the coast comes replete with mysterious Polynesian trinkets and local Tahitian art pieces.

Activities

Pacific adventures in Tahiti

As Tahiti sprouts from the sloshing South Pacific, it gives rise to such a patchwork of coral gardens and reefs that it's hard not to be enticed to the waters. Okay, the beaches might be black-sand and more rugged than other isles in French Polynesia, but that doesn't mean that you can't spot stingrays and sharks, sea turtles and multi-colored fish while on thrilling marine safaris. The season from August to October is high time for whale watching on the ocean, too, while hardy folk will love a trip to the jungle-packed backcountry and its volcanic gorges.

Weather

Tropical changes in Tahiti

Like all the tropical jewels that sit close to the Equator line in the South Pacific, Tahiti oscillates between wet and dry with the changing of the seasons. Strangely, most people come when there's most rain, between May and September _ that's probably because those months coincide with the major summer break period in North America, or have some of the top whale watching. The best times to seek out Tahiti vacation rentals are actually in December, January and February, though. They have dry days, warm temperatures and clear seas for SCUBA diving.

Natural features

Tahiti _ where volcanos meet the ocean

Tahiti's famed for her brooding backcountry of rugged volcanic domes and misty jungles. That said, the natural wonders here start on the coast, where a tabletop of sandbanks and barrier reefs ring the whole island, offering sightings of sharks and pretty fish schools, dolphins and giant turtles. Beyond that is the Pacific blue, awash with migrating whales between July and October. Back inland, there are craggy gorges and lagoons to swim in, along with soaring mountains that drop down to a shoreline of black-sand bays.

How to get there

How to get to and around Tahiti

The nearest airport is in Papeete (PPT-Tahiti Faaa Intl.), located 18.1 mi (29.1 km) from the city center. If you're unable to find a flight that fits your schedule, you might consider flying into Moorea (MOZ-Temae), which is 29.2 mi (47 km) away.

Where to stay around Tahiti?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 196 vacation rentals near Tahiti. From 45 Houses to 35 Villas, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Tahiti for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What are the most popular destinations to visit in Tahiti?

There are many lovely places to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Tahiti. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular destinations to visit are:

  • Mo'orea: 98 vacation rentals
  • Pape'ete: 134 vacation rentals
  • South Pacific: 771 vacation rentals
  • Maharepa: 98 vacation rentals
  • Papetō'ai: 142 vacation rentals

And HomeAway offers you the chance to discover many other popular destinations in Tahiti! Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available in other popular destinations.

What are the main cities to discover in Tahiti?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the cities with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Tahiti:

  • Pape'ete: 134 rentals
  • Maharepa: 98 rentals
  • Papetō'ai: 142 rentals
  • Piha'ena: 98 rentals
  • Ha'apiti: 181 rentals

For other cities, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

Near which points of interest can I spend my holidays in Tahiti?

HomeAway offers a large selection of rentals near lovely places in Tahiti. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Papetō'ai: 142 rentals
  • Ha'apiti: 181 rentals
  • Black Sand Beach: 165 rentals
  • Moorea Tropical Garden: 194 rentals
  • Tiahura Beach: 98 rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Tahiti listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Just write your wanted destination in our search bar and have a look at our selection.