ROL Cruise recommends…
1. Soak up the sun and relax
Tahiti offers a plethora of wonderful options when it comes to sun-worshipping, but La Plage de Maui is one of the island’s most popular beaches. This is a picture-perfect destination with resplendent white sand, crystal clear blue waters and a gorgeous shallow lagoon close by. Make sure to indulge in the mouth-watering seafood at its snack bar.
2. Take a hike to Fautaua Waterfall
A fairly strenuous hike into the Fautaua Valley in the centre of the island will be well worth it when you come across this astounding feature. At 985ft high, the sight of the rushing water is truly impressive to behold. Book your visit with a tour guide, or pick up a permit if you’re travelling by yourself.
3. Immerse yourself in bustling Papeete
The capital city of Tahiti, and indeed the whole of French Polynesia, Papeete is a must-visit. Take in the sights and smells of the market stalls at Le Marché, or check out the black pearls at the Robert Wan Pearl Museum. You can also tempt your tastebuds with the delicious treats at the Les Roulottes food trucks on Vai'ete Square.
4. Revel in nature at Vaipahi Gardens
Nestled on the south coast of the island, this verdant attraction offers 2.5 acres of natural wonder, with its vegetation nurtured by freshwater from nearby Lake Vaihiria. Along its three walks, you can visit fascinating archaeological sites, take shade under majestic pine trees and bear witness to spectacular views across the gardens to a lagoon and the ocean beyond.
5. Learn about Tahiti’s enthralling history
The Museum of Tahiti and the Islands educates visitors about the fascinating heritage of the Polynesian archipelago. You’ll learn about the island’s nature, anthropology, habitations and artifacts, as well as its social and religious background. Amongst the exhibits are costumes and handicrafts from years gone by, along with striking displays of seashells and stuffed birds.