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Tahiti and Her Islands - A Guide to Tahiti and the Islands of French Polynesia

The best places to stay and dine as well as the best things to see and do while you're vacationing in Tahiti and the islands of French Polynesia. Better known by the name of its main island, Tahiti, French Polynesia is actually made up of five island groups: the Society Islands, Austral Islands, Marquesas Islands, Tuamotu atolls and the Gambier Archipelago, also known as the Mangareva Islands.
  1. -Australs Islands (6)
  2. -Gambier Islands (9)
  3. -Marquesas (22)
  4. -Tuamotus (19)
  5. Maps of Tahiti & Her Islands
  6. Photos of Tahiti's Islands (5)
  7. Places to Stay in Tahiti and Her Islands (53)
  8. Tahiti Activities & Sightseeing (46)
  9. Tahiti Destination Guides (7)
  10. Tahiti Dining and Restaurants (8)
  11. Tahiti Travel Tips (10)
  12. Tahitian Cocktail and Food Recipes
  13. Travel Agents for Tahiti (3)

All About the Island of Tahiti
A guide to the island of Tahiti with information on its airport, transportation, cities, geography and more.

All About the Island of Bora Bora
A guide to the island of Bora Bora with information on its size and population, airport, transportation, cities, geography, retail hours and more.

All About Moorea, "Tahiti's Magical Isle"
A guide to the island of Moorea with information on its airport, transportation, cities, geography and more.

Quick Facts about Tahiti and "Islands Beyond The Ordinary"
Quick Facts about Tahiti and "Islands Beyond the Ordinary" to help the traveler planning a visit to French Polynesia.

21 Interesting Facts About Tahiti and Her Islands
Tahiti and Her Islands are unlike any set of islands in the world. Here are 21 interesting facts about Tahiti and Her Islands.

A Guide to Tahiti's Best Beaches
A guide to Tahiti's best beaches. Learn about the best beaches on Tahiti, Moorea, Bora Bora, Taha’a, the Tuamotus and other islands in French Polynesia.

An Introduction to Tahitian Black Pearls
It's impossible to visit Tahiti without developing an appreciation for one of the islands' most iconic emblems and most exquisite souvenirs: the Tahitian black pearl. These iridescent gems, worn by almost every Tahitian as necklaces, earrings or rings, are cultivated in the islands' warm, salt-water lagoons and are for sale everywhere. Here are...

Best Places to Get Married in Tahiti
A guide to the best places to get married in Tahiti, with ideas for a creating the best destination wedding.

Favorite South Pacific Resorts For Celebrity Honeymoons
When you're a celebrity worth millions of dollars you can pretty much honeymoon anywhere your heart desires. And yet over the past decade, quite a few A-listers and their new mates have chosen to wing their way to the sunny South Pacific to enjoy their first days of marital bliss. Check out our picks for the most popular South Pacific resorts...

Finding Tahiti's Hidden Paradise Islands
Relatively unchanged by the modern world and long considered as some of French Polynesia’s "best kept secrets," the islands of Huahine, Raiatea, Taha'a, and the Tuamotu atolls lure travelers for their authentic Polynesian appeal, enhanced by world-class resorts, international cuisine and pure uncrowded beaches.

Flowers of Tahiti French Polynesia's Top Tropical Blossoms
A guide to some of the most beautiful and fragrant flowers found in the islands of Tahiti, Moorea, Bora Bora, Taha'a Raiatea and others. Tahiti is known for its vibrant tropical flowers used in everything from leis to dance performances.

Geography and Map of French Polynesia
Map and geographical information about French Polynesia from About's Geography Guide Matt Rosenberg.

History and Culture of French Polynesia
We take a look at the history and culture of Tahiti and Her Islands otherwise known as French Polynesia.

How to Get Married in French Polynesia -Planning Your Wedding in Tahiti
Requirements for U.S. and Canadian citizens to get legally married in Tahiti. Destination weddings are now legal for overseas visitors to Tahiti, meaning couples can officially marry on islands such as Bora Bora and Moorea.

Map of French Polynesia
A general overview map of the islands of French Polynesia.

Marae - The Sacred Sites of Tahiti
Some of the most mystical locales in Tahiti are on land: the stone marae (temples) that the ancient Polynesians held sacred, and modern Tahitians still do today. Here is some historical perspective and a list of several marae worth seeing.

Planning a Honeymoon in Tahiti
A guide to planning a honeymoon in Tahiti, from Moorea and Bora Bora to the Tuamotu Atolls. Couples looking to honeymoon in Tahiti should refer to this guide for tips on itineraries and resort recommendations.

Planning a Trip to Tahiti Everything You Need to Know
Helpful information about getting to Tahiti, getting around Tahiti, which islands to visit, the weather, the language and the currency.

Speak Tahitian—A Dictionary of Common Words and Phrases
Refer to this dictionary or glossary for the most common and useful words and phrases in the Tahitian language. Key words and phrases for travelers are listed in this Tahitian glossary.

Tahiti and Her Islands at a Glance
Tahiti. The word evokes visions of an earthly paradise. Actually there are 118 islands that encompass French Polynesia, better known as Tahiti and Her Islands. We offer an overview of some of travelers’ favorite islands and what they have to offer.

Tahiti on a Budget
While true budget travel to Tahiti is practically impossible, there are ways to save during a visit to Tahiti, Moorea and Bora Bora, which rank as some of the most expensive islands in world. These budget tips can help travelers cut costs when visiting the French Polynesian islands of Tahiti, Moorea and Bora Bora.

Tahiti Souvenirs – What to Shop for in the Islands of French Polynesia
A guide to the souvenirs available for purchase in Tahiti, Moorea, Bora Bora and the other islands of French Polynesia. Souvenirs range from Tahitian black pearls and carved tikis to scented monoi oil and Hinano Beer t-shirts.

Tahiti's Flower Traditions
Tahiti has many flower traditions, beginning with the fragrant floral leis that like in Hawaii, are used to welcome visitors to these South Pacific Islands. The tiare blossom, in particular is especially revered.

Tahitian Tattoos - Ancient Art Meets Modern Technique
One of the first things visitors to Tahiti are apt to notice about the people of the French Polynesian islands of Tahiti, Moorea, Bora Bora, and more significantly, the Marquesas, is their elaborate and beautiful tattoos. Many of these designs encircle entire arms or legs or gracefully wind around the torso.

The Polynesian Wedding Ceremony
Now that destination weddings in Tahiti, in particular on the popular and visually breathtaking islands of Moorea and Bora Bora, are legally binding for overseas visitors, couples can marry in a traditional Polynesian wedding on the beach and have it be more than merely ceremonial. Ceremonies are slightly different from resort to resort, but the...

Tips For Family Travel to Tahiti
The islands of Tahiti may be a honeymooners' paradise, but family travel is increasingly on the upswing. Here are some tips and strategies if you plan to visit Tahiti, Moorea or Bora Bora with your children.

Top Reasons to Honeymoon in Tahiti
Our picks for the best reasons to honeymoon in Tahiti

Top Things to Do in Tahiti
Our picks for the best things to do in Tahiti from romantic indulgences to adrenaline rushes

Top Things to Do on Bora Bora
A guide to best activities in Bora Bora, Tahiti's most legendary island. From soothing massages and sunset cruises to Wave Runner tours and shark feeding excursion, there are plenty of amazing activities to enjoy on the Tahitian island of Bora Bora.

What to Drink in Tahiti
A guide to cocktails in Tahiti and French Polynesia, from local Hinano beer and fruit-infused rums to imported wine and creative tropical cocktails. The drink list at resorts in Tahiti ranges from local Hinano beer to fine imported Champagne.

What to Eat in Tahiti
A glossary of the top foods eaten in Tahiti, from poisson cru to coconut bread. The flavors of the South Pacific are abundant and nature-based, meaning that eating in Tahiti is a delight.

CIA Factbook - French Polynesia
An excellent basic summary of factual information about French Polynesia.

Current Weather Conditions
The current weather conditions for Hao and Tahiti-Faaa are available 24 hours a day care of the National Weather Service.

Facts for Visitors
From Tahiti Nui Travel, some basic information including time difference, air service, entry requirements, custom regulations, health certification, medical care, clothing and lots more.

French Polynesia - Consular Information Sheet
U.S. Consular information on such topics as entry requirements, crime information, medical facilities, medical insurance applicability, customs regulations and much more.

French Polynesia Timeline
An excellent timeline detailing the history of French Polynesia from the time of first settlement to the present, from the Tahiti Friendship Society.

Frequently Asked Questions
Travel writer David Stanley answers frequently asked questions about Tahiti - Polynesia.

Language of French Polynesia
While French is the official language of French Polynesia, Tahitian is spoken much if not more. Learn about the language spoken by most of the people of French Polynesia.

Lonely Planet Guide to Tahiti and French Polynesia
An excellent on-line resource for general information about French Polynesia from the publishers of one of the best guidebooks on French Polynesia.

Tahiti Travel - The Tahiti Experts
An excellent destination guide and booking agency for all of French Polynesia. They are now in their 17th year on the Internet, formerly known as Tahiti Explorer.

Travel Considerations
An excellent summary of considerations that every traveler should consider before traveling to French Polynesia.

Tahiti vs. Fiji - Which is Right For You?
Both Fiji and Tahiti are exotic South Pacific nations ideal for a romantic getaway, wedding or honeymoon. There are top reasons for visiting Fiji and great reasons for traveling to Tahiti, so which is right for you? Here are tips and strategies that can help you decide.

Best Spas in Tahiti
The best spas in Tahiti do not disappoint when it comes to pampering visitors with luxurious treatments. Most of the top resorts on Tahiti, Moorea, Bora Bora and the Tuamotu Atolls feature spas that blend the latest in spa technology with local ingredients–such as monoi oil and coconut–in treatments ranging from soothing massages to invigorating...

Paul Gauguin in Tahiti
Paul Gauguin moved to Tahiti in 1891. No artist is more indelibly tied to the South Pacific, and to Tahiti in particular, than Gauguin. From his world-famous paintings of sensual Tahitian women to his unhealthy obsession with his exotic adopted home, here are some interesting facts about his life and legacy.

Marlon Brando in Tahiti - His Private Island Called Tetiaroa
No American actor is so inextricably linked to this island nation as the late Marlon Brando, who not only made a movie there, but fell in love, fathered children and owned an entire island. Here are highlights of his experiences in his adopted home in French Polynesia.

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