Tahiti offers a number of attractions such as beaches, scuba diving, museums, nature tours, surfing and so much more. You can also visit the island of Moorea, (accessible by ferry service) with lovely white beaches and an added attraction – the coral reefs. Rangiora, the second largest atoll in the world with a turquoise lagoon in the middle, is also a short flight away from Tahiti. However, here are the five best attractions in Tahiti itself.
If you visit Tahiti and do not stay in one of the overwater bungalows even for a single day, you are going to lose the best thing about staying in Tahiti. These small bungalows are built on wooden platforms above the ocean water and sometimes have glass floors making you feel as if you are standing on the ocean.
The City of Papeete:
The capital of the French Polynesia, Papeete, which literally means ‘water bucket’ and where the traditions and modernity of Tahitian culture coexist, is vibrant with life. The central market of Papeete, Le Marché is a must-visit to get a glimpse of the local life as well as the heaps of exotic fruits and vegetables. Also, don’t forget to have dinner from les roulettes, mobile vans that offer traditional delicacies in low prices.
The famous post-impressionist painter Paul Gaugain made Tahiti his home until his death. This museum pays a tribute to the painter and has a collection of sketches, paintings and memorabilia of the painter.
Many explorers, including captain James Cook anchored their ships near this place, which now boasts an oldlighthouse, a beautiful black-sand beach and a lush green park. The name Venus Point came from Cook’s observation of the transit of planet Venus from this point.
With natural jagged edges, which are helpful for anchoring, Tahiti is a wonderful place for sailing. One unique attraction of Tahiti is the sailing experience in a luxurious yacht, catamaran or cruise ship over the deep blue water, a dream-come-true for every romantic.
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The climate of Tahiti remains warm and sunny throughout the year. There are no extremes of temperatures and the weather is mild and enjoyable for most months of the year. The climate of Tahiti can be divided into two broad categories.
The Warm and Humid Season
Since Tahiti lies in the southern hemisphere, so the seasons are the reverse of those found in the northern hemisphere. The warm and humid season at Tahiti commences in October and continues up to April. The average temperature at mid day during this season is around 85 F and during night it falls to little more than 70 F. The weather is warm, the rainfall and humidity excessive, but still Tahiti has much more sunshine hours than Honolulu. From October to April, no month records less than 4 inches and December and January each have 12 inches of rainfall but there are also many lovely sunny days with refreshing trade winds during these months.
The Cool and Dry Season
This season lasts from May to September. Temperatures are cooler and rainfall less than the warmer season. Average day time temperature is about 80 F and at might it falls to a little less than 70 F. Nights, during this season, are especially refreshing with their cool gentle breeze and comfortable humidity levels. Rainfall figures during this season vary from less than 2 inches in September to a little more than 4 inches in May. July and August are the coolest months with dry, invigorating air, moderate rainfall and bright sunny days. Travelers from all over the world flock to Tahiti during these months.
In short, Tahiti has two seasons; one is warm and humid the other cool and dry with a general warmth and brightness throughout the year.
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