The mention of Tahiti evokes visions of an island paradise you’ve always dreamed of. Only eight hours from Los Angeles but seemingly a world away, this South Pacific destination made up of 118 islands and atolls continues to seduce vacationers in search of tranquil escape. The island of Tahiti, towering over the ocean like a proud and royal Queen, is crowned by a circle of majestic peaks. The mountainous interior shelters deep valleys, clear streams, and high waterfalls, all bathed in the green iridescence of Mother Nature's light. The flat coastal lands, edged with a rugged coastline, are home to fields of tropical flowers and most of the island's population.
Papeete, the invigorating capital city and gateway to French Polynesia, boasts world-class resorts, spas, fine restaurants, nightclubs, and endless shopping at the vibrant markets, pearl shops, and boutiques. The port city of Papeete, however, is more than just the gateway to the outer islands. This charming waterfront city is abuzz with activity, offering plenty of cosmopolitan diversions, such as shopping its quaint boutique shops, sampling a tasty treat from a waterfront snack van or simply inhaling the fragrance of the weekend municipal market.