Tahiti is among the most famous and iconic of French Polynesia’s 67 inhabited islands; the name alone conjures images of palm trees dancing in a warm island breeze, and mai tais being sipped in the moonlight.
If you’re not already familiar with travel in French Polynesia, it may surprise you to learn that most travelers see the island of Tahiti as nothing more than a jumping off point for exploring her sister islands, like Bora Bora, Moorea, Huahine, Tahaa and Maupiti.
That’s because Pape’ete—the capital of French Polynesia, located on Tahiti—is the hub for international flights arriving to and departing from the islands. If you’re planning to visit French Polynesia, you will be stopping in Tahiti first.The island of Tahiti has a population of roughly 189,000—approximately 68.7% of the total population of French Polynesia. It’s the economic, political and cultural hub of the islands…and yet, for travelers, that means it often doesn’t offer the secluded, remote atmosphere and pristine landscapes they want out of their trip……or rather, that’s what they think.