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The heart of French Polynesia
Two volcanoes emerging from an emerald sea gave birth to the myth of paradise known today as Tahiti, the largest of the Polynesian islands with an area of 1042 sq.km (402 sq.mi) steep cloud-draped mountains, deep verdant valleys, luxurant ferns, swift invigorating rivers and black sand beaches await you on "this island of love."
Tahiti Nui, the big islands offers numerous excursion possibilities Tahiti Iti, Her discrete little sister, overflows with innumerable treasures surrounded by an aura of legend.

Papeete, the Capital of Tahiti
An international point of arrival for the other fabulous nearby islands, Papeete, the capital of Tahiti, offers visitors numerous treasures: the colourful market, art and history museums, botanical and flower gardens, animated nightlife and cultural exhibitions such as the Traditional "Heiva" which provides a lively change of scenery full of folklore, dancing, singing, colors and fragrances.

A broad range of activities
Hiking and horseback excursions; safaris to the heart of the island; waterfall and canyon adventures, trips out on the lagoon, underwater explorations, guided tours of cultural sites, marae and museum such The Paul Gauguin's, Tahiti Islands. Many professionally conducted tours to discover the secrets of the old gods and the traditions of the Ma'ohi people.

Nature, the cradle of our historical and cultural inheritance:
Historic, sacred and religious sites swathed in legend; many museums all around the island

Shopping
The art galleries in Papeete where works of local artists are on show here
The cultured pearl in all its variations: unmounted or mounted keshi, baroque, semi-baroque, or perfectly round, it represents the best reflection of the islands. You can also find pareos in all the boutique, arts and crafts and Taha'a pods.

Papeete by night
Papeete is a city with a lively nightlife. There are many bars, also open through the week. The discotheques close at 3:00am or even 4:00am on Fridays, Saturday and Public holidays. For dancing, listening to music or a night out with friends, try Tiffany's, the Paradise, Club 106, the Piano Bar, the Manhattan, the Scorpio, the Mana Rock, the Zizou Bar, the Royal Kikiriri, Morisson's Café, the Saxo, Le Rubis, the 3 Brasseurs or Tikisoft Café

Water Sport
The Tahiti Yacht Club in Arue has a marina and a sailing school.

Surf/Flysurf
Surfing is the ancestral Polynesian sport and its reputation has never been surpassed
Tahiti is one of the major International competition centres, on a par with the best surfying spots in the world. The superb waves at Teahupoo, on the Peninsula Famous for their tubes, have thrilled the best surfers on the planet.

Scuba diving
The ocean floor around Tahiti is spectacularly rich: the diversity of sites and their beauty make it an ideal place for taking the various levels of training certificates.
For more info:
www.diving-tahiti.com

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