Tahiti holidays

Tahiti, it's little wonder this archipelago continue to inspire artists and romantics alike

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Created by volcanic activity, Tahiti was settled by Polynesians and remained in a time-warp until it was “discovered” by European navigators including Captain James Cook in the 18th century. Tahiti is perhaps best known for its part in the historic mutiny on the Bounty.

A fresh ‘lei’ or garland of flowers is the ultimate sign of hospitality in French Polynesia, otherwise known as Tahiti, the name of its main island. During your time in Tahiti, be forewarned that if you wear a tropical bloom behind your right ear, it means you are single and available, but behind the left, it means you are happily spoken for!

The Tahitian gardenia, a dazzling white star of a flower, is the very symbol of Polynesia, the region defined by an imaginary triangle between Hawaii, Easter Island, and New Zealand. Originally settled by tribal Indonesians and Philippine sailors, the remote islands and atolls of Polynesia were later governed by France and converted to Christianity. Today, the region enjoys an autonomous government whose magnificent efforts to preserve the ancient beauty of Tahiti are appreciated by young lovers and travellers from around the globe.

Tahiti has preserved its unique heritage, beautifully demonstrated in the “otea” dance which involves grass-skirted dancers shimmying their hips to the local music. Interestingly, the local craftsmen often bury newly carved drumsticks in mud for several years to ensure perfect tuning and hardness. Tattooing, which possibly originated here, is also part of the South Pacific culture.

Famous for its generous seafood buffets and its national dish—the melt-in-your-mouth “poisson cru,” or raw fish marinated in fresh lime juice and coconut milk is a must-try. Every type of fresh caught seafood is available and prepared expertly by gourmet chefs in the numerous five-star restaurants; meanwhile, if you’re there on a Friday night, look out for the Roulettes which are cute snack shops on wheels for some great crepes or delicious French-inspired fast food. And of course, the ubiquitous  French croissant and vanilla-bean coffee are also available all over the Tahiti map. For something a little more decadent, the traditional underground ovens called ahimaa produces the much celebrated “tamaaraa” feast—a hedonistic affair complete with whole suckling pig, fish, yam and together with song, dance, and plenty of island hospitality is worthy of experiencing.

Situated just below the equator, Tahiti is nothing less than a tropical paradise, where the weather is warm and comfortable year-round. August is the perfect season for planning Tahiti weddings, as it is the driest month. May through October also feature low rainfall, making this a perfect time for a Tahiti vacation. The wetter season, from November through April, is a wonderfully quiet time to visit.


Visitors to Tahiti and her islands will revel in the superb diving, snorkeling, and surfing throughout this culturally rich region of Polynesia, where ancient standing stones create an aura of mystery and magic. Here, hammocks swinging in the shade of tall palms beckon every smiling couple to fall into the embrace of pure island enchantment.