Top 10 things to do in Tahiti and her islands
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Comprising of 118 islands and set at the heart of the Pacific Ocean, Tahiti and her islands welcome visitors from across the globe, drawn by the rugged mountainous scenery, white sand beaches and colourful rich culture. From active outdoor pursuits, to water sports, to a range of cultural activities and beautiful sights, Tahiti and her islands offer something for everyone. Here is a suggested list of the top ten things to do on a visit to Tahiti and her islands... 1. Visit a Pearl Farm The Tahitian Black pearl is French Polynesia’s biggest export, desired for their versatility and varied mix of colours. The Pearl farms in Taha’a, Huahine and the Tuamotu Atolls all welcome visitors, where they can learn about the pearl cultivation process, watch the grafting of the blacked-lipped oysters that create them and purchase their own pearl from the source itself. The Champon pearl farm off the island of Tahaa, offers tours for guests, displaying the most recent pearl harvest where guest can purchase the pearls set into jewellery. Find out more here. 2. Snorkelling and Scuba Diving Tahiti and her islands, set in the heart of the Pacific Ocean, offer a huge amount of marine life for visitors to explore. The clear blue waters and colourful sea life and coral make scuba diving and snorkelling a must for visitors. The Moorea Lagoon in the Society Archipelago is home to grey, yellow and black-fin sharks, whilst the yellow coral at the ‘Coral City’ and ‘Yellow Valley’ at the lagoons of Huahine is an underwater marvel. Take part in a snorkelling safari in Moorea’s Lagoon, where snorkelers can feed, pet and even hug the stingrays. 3. Visit the local markets Spend a day wondering through the local markets, finding treasures and gifts to take a small part of Tahitian culture home. The downtown Papeete Marketplace is full of beautiful colours and a bustling atmosphere, offering a huge variety of Tahitian goods. Pick up items such as a colourful Pareo, a dyed sarong that many of the local women wear, fragrant vanilla pods, Monoi oil, or hand carved wooden bowls, drums and jewellery. 4. Discover local Islands and Villages Tahiti and her islands is a place to be explored, with small islands and villages hidden away from the tourist trail. Visit the ancient village of Taioivai or find Ipona, an archaeological site guarded by the 2.43-metre high Takai’ tiki. The Society Islands offer a chance to explore traditional Tahiti. The small island of Pae’ao has ninth-century remains, whilst the stone monuments and coral slabs dedicated to the gods of fishing in the Haranai valley on Maupiti are well worth a visit. 5. Relax in one of the spas
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