What to see in French Polynesia
Tahiti is the largest island in French Polynesia and one of the most touristy of the Society Islands. Known for being one of the most romantic destinations in the Pacific, and for being the greatest inspiration of Paul Gauguin, its capital Papeete is the largest in the archipelago where most of the flights arrive in this part of the Pacific and where the ships dock too.
The main charm of Tahiti is that it is composed of two portions of volcanic earth joined by the thin strip of land. To the north is Tahiti Nui (the Great Tahiti), the most populated part of the island where the great hotel offers and adventure activities are concentrated. The south, however, is smaller and still retains the traditional culture of Polynesia.
This island is also the highest of the entire archipelago, so there are hiking and climbing activities to its Orohena mountain, which reaches to 2,200 metres. Among its most visited sights is the Te Fa'aiti park, surrounded by the popular black sand beaches; and the archaeological centres of 'Ārahurahu, Anapua or Mahaiatea, where the foundations of the pre-European conquerors are found. Do not miss the Museum of Tahiti and the Islands, where the history and traditions of Polynesia are explained; nor the bustling city markets.