Tahiti, French Polynesia

Looking for a blissful escape to a paradise island? Look no further than Tahiti, as this beautiful destination is amongst the world’s most idyllic, renowned for its peaceful atmosphere, gorgeous beaches and cool clear ocean waters.

6 hours in… Tahiti

On a cruise holiday to Tahiti, you’ll most likely arrive in the port of Papeete. The Tahitian philosophy of ‘aita pea pea’ – which roughly translates as ‘no worries’ – is apparent across the island, and if you only have a short amount of time here, you’ll find yourself with one of two options: head to the shoreline and lagoons, or enjoy a day of exotic exploration inland.

The beautiful lagoons surrounding Tahiti

The beautiful lagoons surrounding Tahiti

Unsurprisingly, water sports are particularly popular along Tahiti’s stunning coastline, where crystal clear ocean waters offer the perfect place for scuba diving, snorkelling and kite surfing, as well as sea fishing and boats tour to see the region’s wonderful marine wildlife, which includes sharks and stingrays. Tahiti also boasts a number of truly spectacular beaches, where white sands provide visitors with an wonderful place to relax in the sun.

Most people who arrive on the island of Tahiti come for sun, sea and sand, and they never leave disappointed, as this tropical paradise truly is one of the world’s most tranquil and enchanting island destinations.

Been before?

If you’ve had your filled of shoreside relaxation or you’re more interested in Tahiti’s beautiful natural wonders and historic treasures further inland, then there’s plenty to discover across the island if you find the time to explore properly.

Tahiti’s lush tropical scenery is typical of the stunning South Pacific, and you’ll find a wonderful blend of shimmering lagoons, golden sandy beaches and verdant areas to explore. Venturing into the heart of Tahiti Nui, intrepid travellers will have the chance discover three striking waterfalls known as Les Trois Cascades.

The lagoons of Rangiroa, Tahiti

The lagoons of Rangiroa, Tahiti

Those with in interest in Tahiti’s rich heritage could enjoy a memorable excursion to the Tomb of King Pomare the Fifth, the final resting place the island’s only monarch. A trip to impressive Pointe Venus Lighthouse, which overlooks the island’s black sand beaches and sparking ocean waters, is also a rewarding excursion. Alternatively, Arahurahu Marae is an intriguing religious site, where you’ll find a number of historic structures built to honour the island’s ancient deities.

Can’t keep away?

What better way to immerse yourself in authentic Tahitian culture then to sample local cuisine and purchase traditional souvenirs for yourself or for friends and family back home? If you’re looking for a fantastic shopping experience whilst on the island, take a trip to Le Marche in Papeete – the ports fabulous two-storey marketplace, where you’ll find a host of Tahitian items available to buy, from local garments and accessories, to beautiful jewellery and local snacks.

Palms trees on the coast of Papeete

Palms trees on the coast of Papeete

Elsewhere, the area of To’ata offers a fantastic place to eat out, home to a number of quaint local dining venues at which to get taste of local dishes. The district also often plays host to traditional music and dance performances, especially during the island’s Heiva I Tahiti festival, which takes place each July.

Don’t even bother!

The clear lagoons and shimmering ocean waters of Tahiti can be a joy to explore, but they can also be hazardous under foot. If you plan on paddling amongst the island’s colourful coral, don’t go barefoot or you could end up standing on something painful. Make sure to bring some suitable sandals with you to help protect your feet from any sharp coral.

Emma Smith
Emma has more than seven years' experience as a writer and has been in the travel industry for nearly five years. She loves learning about new places and cruise ships coming to market, as well as discovering fun and exciting activities to do while you sail. She has cruised with Princess Cruises, Cunard, Celebrity Cruises, Virgin Voyages, Avalon Waterways and Royal Caribbean and is looking to get something in her diary for 2024! Her favourite things to see on a ship include excellent entertainment, a delicious cocktail menu and extraordinary dining venues.

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