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Tahiti facts & history in brief       Map of Tahiti

Tahiti, is the largest of the 14 Society Islands in the South Pacific Ocean and part of French Polynesia, a French overseas territory made up of five main island groups.

It is mainly a mountainous tropical islands with palms and luxuriant flora, including a climbing orchid from which vanilla is extracted.

A broken coral reef surrounds the island.

About 120,000 people live on Tahiti.
About 80 per cent of them are Polynesians or have mixed Polynesian and European ancestry, the rest of the population is made up of Chinese and Europeans.

Tahiti became world famous as a tropical paradise through the paintings and writings of many artists and writers who lived there or visited the islands.

Paul Gauguin, the French painter portrayed Tahiti's lush beauty and peaceful atmosphere in many of his paintings.
Many writers, like the American James Michener, and the Scottish Robert Louis Stevenson who wrote glowing descriptions of the island.
Their works of and the islands' exotic beauty and tropical climate have helped make Tahiti famous and popular with tourists.

Tahiti covers about 1,040 square kilometres.

Papeete is the Capital, largest city, largest settlement and chief port of French Polynesia.
Many Tahitians live in or near Papeete and work in the tourist industry, which is the base of the island's economy.


In 1996 on my way to the U.S.A. I stopped over in Tahiti for a few days.

I had a bad cold on arrival and the heat was depressing, I did not enjoy myself as much as I was hoping to, because my bad cold and feverish state.

Papeete and the nearby islands are really a tourist paradise.


Hui Chin and I caught the local bus (Le truck, a truck with a box on the deck with sitting on either side.
You have to walk around in it stooped, not high enough for my 5'8", to stand up straight), just outside the Airport to go to Downtown Papeete.
Much cheaper than Taxis and suited our limited budget.
We have had some problem with the heat, but it was just bearable.
We had to make a few forced stops at bars, but Papeete is rather expensive, including beer.
(Most of the locals live off the tourists and they will relieve as much of your money as they can, while you are there.)
A Chinese Navy ship was visiting town while we were there. We went to see some of the ceremonies.
Our Hotel, the "Prince Hinoi" is in the centre of Downtown overlooking the beach and reasonably priced.
The proprietors also have some New Zealand connection as some of the family members were educated in New Zealand.
We went on a 4-wheel drive sightseeing tour of Papeete and Tahiti, (with Adventure Eagle Tours, ph. 77-20-03, a bit expensive, but we diid get what we were promised, and we did see what was there to see).
We went to all the sights in Papeete first, like the Market, Cathedral, driven past some famous peoples homes (Film stars, etc.), than anti-clockwise we travelled around the island stopping at all the attractions, like the fascinating Lagoonarium, Blowholes, "Taharaa" Look Out Point, One tree Hill, the historical site of Point Venus (The landing site for the first European), Cook’s Monument, the beautiful natural site of the Maraa Fern Grottoes, where overhead springs drip through a ceiling of ferns and caves, Vaim Pools, Gauguin’s former homesite, the "Vaimauta Waterfalls, the Gauguin Museum and Restaurant, Matavai Bay, and a tipical Tahitian beautiful sunset before we returned to our hotel.

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