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Resort in Tahiti

  • Tahiti lies in the South Pacific Ocean and is the largest of the islands.
  • It is composed of two volcanic mountain ranges
  • Tahiti and Her Islands cover over two million square miles of the South Pacific Ocean
  • The legendary name ‘Tahiti’ not only identifies this island but also the group of islands that make up French Polynesia
  • French and Tahitian are the most spoken languages, but English is widely understood in the tourist areas

 

HISTORY

  • It is believed that Polynesians first settled in the Pacific around 4,000 years ago
  • An Englishman, Samuel Wallis, is the one most often associated with the European discovery of Tahiti in 1767
  • The following year, the French navigator Antoine de Bougainville named it ‘New Cythera’
  • A year later, English Captain James Cook took possession of the land and of the Society Islands. At that time, Tahiti and her islands were divided into several kingdoms and an increase in the standard of living began.


FACTS

    • The word tattoo originated in Tahiti. The legend of Tohu, the god of tattoo, describes painting all the oceans’ fish in beautiful colors and patterns. In Polynesian culture, tattoos have long been considered signs of beauty, and in earlier times were ceremoniously applied when reaching adolescence.
    • There are no poisonous snakes or insects in French Polynesia.
    • Those things that look like mail boxes outside the homes of Tahitian residents are not for mail, but for French bread delivery. Residents get a fresh loaf dropped off twice a day.

Avg. Costs

Huts in Tahiti

• Average meal costs – Low 6-75 CFP Mid 75-1500 CFP High 1500-5000CFP

• “Roulottes” (snack shops on wheels) – 2 can eat for 30 CFP

• Local Beer – Hinano (bottle) (Supermarket) 250 CFP

• Drink Coke/Pepsi (500ml) (Supermarket) 150 CFP

• Drink Fresh Juice (glass) (Resort/Hotel) 600 CFP

• Drink Whisky (bottle) (Supermarket) 3500 CFP

• Drink Wine-French (bottle) (Supermarket) 1200 CFP

• Chicken Meal (Snack Bar) 900 CFP

• Curried Prawns (Café/Restaurant) 1800 CFP

• Grilled Mahi Mahi (Café/Restaurant) 1900 CFP

• Fresh Fruit Salad (Café/Restaurant) 400 CFP

• Hamburger/Fries (Snack Bar) 1000 CFP

Inner Island 4×4 Safari (Full Day) – Cost Per Person: $131 US

Circle Island Tour of Tahiti (Full Day)- Cost Per Person: $65 US

Gauguin Museum: $8.30 US

Botanical Garden: $8.72 US

Museum of Tahiti & Her Islands: $7.52 US

Lunch at the Gauguin Restaurant: $42

Jet Ski Guided Tours- Enjoy a Jet Ski tour of Tahiti’s lagoon.

30min: $134

60min: $200

2hrs: $403

3hrs: $539

4hrs: $740

Sunset Jet Ski Tour (90min): $268

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Safety

Sea Kayaks on a Beach

  • Tahiti has one of the lowest crime rates within France.
  • Bring water sandals for walking and swimming to prevent injury to your feet due to the coral in and along the beaches
  • Moray eels hide deep in the corals and their bite can cause serious injury.

 

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Climate

Tahiti Landscape

  • The climate is tropical and the average temperature is 80°F (27°C)
  • The waters of the lagoons average 79°F (26°C) in the winter and 84°F in the summer
  • Summer is from November to April, with a warmer and more humid climate
  • Winter is from May to October, when the climate is slightly cooler and drier.
  • It is recommended to bring lightweight cotton clothing

Places to See

Tahiti Landscape

The Arahoho Blowhole

  • Located on the North side of Tahiti Nui.
  • An area where the blowhole in the shore has formed on the road and whose waves crash inside the rock cliff.

 

Les Trois Cascades

  • Three beautiful waterfalls inside the island of Tahiti Nui.

 

Tomb of King Pomare

  • The tomb of the only king of Tahiti, when France was a monarchy.

 

Harrison Smith Botanical Garden

  • The rich diversity of tropical plants is displayed in the beautiful Harrison Smith botanical garden.
  • A trip to this place enlightens us to the fact that Tahiti is the home of numerous species of orchids.

 

Waterfalls

  • These are accessible by cars while others need hiking to reach them.
  • You can swim and enjoy taking a bath under the cascading water of the streams.
  • Here are some of the well known falls: Faarumai, Vaiharuru, Vaimahutu and Topatari

 

Archaeological Sites

  • These sites consist of ruins of ancient temples or maraes.
  • The Papenoo valley contains ruins as well as waterfalls.
  • You can explore the rugged mountains and the lush rain forest but it is advisable to take a guide for these tours.

 

Pearl Museum

  • Tahiti Pearl Museum is the only one in the world of its kind, and has a wide collection of pearls and oysters.

Lagoonarium

  • An underwater aquarium that displays an amazing variety of marine species including shark, tortoise, moray eels and colorful tropical fish.
  • Shark-feeding can also been viewed.

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Whale Watching (August 1st to October 15th ONLY)

  • Look for these exceptional mammals and enjoy a unique encounter
  • (Min: 2 persons – max: 20 persons. Minimum of 6 years old).

Cost Per Person: $153 US

Etiquette

Communication Etiquette:
• Tahiti is a French Polynesian islands
– French citizens French is the official language but Tahitian is also used
• People of the same gender often shake hands
– Well known friends they will kiss on the left cheek and then the right while shaking hands

Business Etiquette:
• Always safe to make appointments 2-4 weeks in advance
– Follow up with a written confirmation
• Confirm the language to which the company communicates in

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