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How to Spend 1 Day in Tahiti

How to Spend 1 Day in Tahiti

Whether Tahiti is your final destination or you’re passing through on the way to other French Polynesian islands, you’ll find plenty of natural and cultural attractions to keep you occupied. If you have only one day there, stay near the water. Here’s how to make the most of 24 hours in Tahiti.

Morning: Join a dolphin-watching cruise

One of the highlights of French Polynesian travel is spending time on—and in—the water, and a dolphin-spotting cruise is a fun way to do so. Your chance of seeing one of the sea mammals is high—and even if you don’t, you’ll likely also have time to swim and snorkel in calm waters. In addition, you’ll see other marine life while savoring views of Tahiti’s forested volcanoes. 

Afternoon: Chill out at a beach

In contrast to some of the other islands of French Polynesia, most of Tahiti’s beaches are made up of black volcanic sand, giving them a dramatic look. If you’re staying in Papeete and don’t want to venture far, Bain Lot Beach is the closest to town. If you want to go a bit farther afield, head to Plage de Toaroto for good snorkeling, Plage Lafayette for fewer crowds, and La Plage de Maui for white sand (less common on the island). 

Night: Dine on food truck delicacies

Spend the evening in Papeete and grab a casual dinner from the food trucks parked along the waterfront from about 6pm. French Polynesia’s cuisine is a unique blend of French and Pasifika influences, and the food trucks are the way to go if you want to try lots of different things without committing to a whole meal. Sample fresh seafood, French snacks such as crepes and frites, and local rum punch. There’s live music on the weekends, too.  

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Tahiti Island Tour Including Venus Point, Taharaa View Point and Vaipahi Gardens

Tahiti Island Tour Including Venus Point, Taharaa View Point and Vaipahi Gardens

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Get an overview of Tahiti on a 4-hour sightseeing tour of island highlights with an informative guide. Walk around the black-sand beaches of Matavai Bay at Venus Point and the Arahoho blowhole, marvel at the ancient Polynesian temples of the west coast. Wander tree-lined paths past ponds and waterfalls at the botanical Vaipahi Garden and visit the Taharaa lookout known as One Tree Hill. During your afternoon coach tour, with hotel pickup in Papeete, you’ll learn about the history of French Polynesia while soaking up panoramic island views.
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  • 4 hours
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Papeete Inner Island Full-Day Jeep Safari

Papeete Inner Island Full-Day Jeep Safari

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This full-day Jeep safari takes you through Papeete’s dense rainforest by 4WD to the interior of the French Polynesian island. Go off the beaten path of this Tahitian paradise, visiting Mount Marau, Arahoho Blowhole and the lush Cascades of Faarumai with an informative local guide. You’ll experience the majestic beauty surrounding Papeete, topped by a refreshing waterfall swim! Hotel pickup and drop-off are included.
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  • 8 hours
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$100.16
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TAHITI Morning Halfday 4h Circle Island Tour on Sharing

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TAHITI Morning Halfday 4h Circle Island Tour on Sharing

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Get a round-island tour of Tahiti in just half a day, with all transportation provided, which enables you to skip the need for a rental car. Make the most of your time on the island by traveling with a guide; learn about its culture and history through engaging commentary while visiting Venus Point, Arahoho blowhole, Maraa Cave, and Marae Arahurahu.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Papeete Walking Tour

Papeete Walking Tour

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Enjoy a half day of exploring the capital of French Polynesia with a local guide, on this walking tour of Papeete. Your guide will tell you stories about the city’s past, and you’ll get a glimpse into local life and culture. Visit places that you might miss if traveling independently. This is an ideal trip for travelers who want to learn more about the country before or after a relaxing beach vacation.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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$43.27
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Unique Tahiti Tour - East Coast

Unique Tahiti Tour - East Coast

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Up close, personalised and totally authentic island tours for discerning travellers. Visit our website for complete tour details and learn about other services We take you off the beaten track to be welcomed into local peoples homes, workshops and daily lives. Let us Introduce you to the wonderful Polynesians. Creating authentic encounters and sharing our island home with you what makes our tours unique. We have thought about everything from content, pace and company to our air conditioned new Mercedes vehicles Tahiti's East coast (our Jurassic coast) with its dramatic coastal scenery is in direct contrast to the west coast's classic lagoon and reef scenery. Including waterfalls and blowholes this comprehensive tour will interest anyone who likes history and natural beauty, Come walk in the footsteps of Captain Cook, the mutineers from HMS Bounty and Marlon Brando! Visiting a local sculptor at work, view points and local encounters are just a few of this tour's unique features.
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  • 4 to 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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