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Things to do in Papeete, Tahiti

There's plenty for visitors to do on the island of Tahiti from the moment they arrive at Faa'a International Airport near the capital of Papeete. The biggest island in French Polynesia, Tahiti is split into two sections — the bigger northwestern side of Tahiti Nui and Tahiti Iti, the southeastern side. Tahiti is the cultural, economic and political capital of the French Polynesian islands with nearly 69 percent of the islands' inhabitants living there.

Waterfalls of all sizes, created by the combination of steep slopes and bounteous rainfall in the high volcanic mountains, can be seen on hiking trails in fern-filled “waterfall valleys." Head to Teahupo'o Beach, where monster waves have made the beach legendary among big-wave surfers. In fact, the beach is the site of the annual Billabong surf competition where some of the world's best surfers compete, making it a great place to watch the action from the sand. Like all Polynesian islands, the snorkeling and diving — with about two-dozen lagoons, ocean reefs, caves and shipwrecks accessible from land or on boat excursions — are amazing.

Depending on your budget, stay at one of the more luxurious resorts with overwater bungalows or opt for a lower cost and more traditional experience by staying at guesthouses and pensions (homestays).

Weather in Papeete, Tahiti

Friday light rain
80°F 12/13/19
Saturday light rain
77°F 12/14/19
Sunday heavy intensity rain
77°F 12/15/19
Monday moderate rain
78°F 12/16/19
Tuesday heavy intensity rain
75°F 12/17/19
Wednesday light rain
77°F 12/18/19
Thursday light rain
78°F 12/19/19
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San Francisco (SFO)

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Depart: 04/21/20

Return: 04/30/20

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Las Vegas (LAS)

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Return: 04/23/20

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