4 days on Tahiti

credit: Jarrod Lopiccolo


Many visitors are discovering that the island of Tahiti is more than an overnight stop and are extending their stay to enjoy the variety of excursions, shopping, fine dining, breathtaking natural beauty, and nighttime fun. Here is a sample itinerary.

Day 1: Discover the Real Papeete

  • Shopping at Le Marché and the colorful boutiques all along the waterfront.
  • Walking tour of Old Papeete.
  • Walking at Paofai’s garden and at the Marina of Papeete.
  • Pearl shopping and a visit to the Pearl Museum.
  • Visit art galleries and exhibits.
  • Hear joyous singing at a church on Sunday.
  • Enjoy dinner at the roulottes in the waterfront area of Vaiete Square.

Day 2: Take a Road Trip in Paradise

  • Circle the island of Tahiti by bus or car.
  • Follow The Monoï Road.
  • Picnic on a black or white sand beach.
  • Explore high waterfalls by helicopter.
  • Tour the museums around the island.
  • Take a safari by 4×4 deep into the valleys.
  • Hike with a guide up Aorai Mountain.
  • Dine at one of the resort restaurants.

Day 3: Day Trip to Moorea

  • Take a fast catamaran from Tahiti to Moorea.
  • Jump in a 4×4 and explore the interior.
  • Enjoy a tasting at a fruit juice factory.
  • Shop for crafts made in Moorea.
  • Return to dine at one of the locals’ favorites around Papeete or at one of the beautiful world-class restaurants in the resorts.

Day 4: Water World

  • Snorkel in the clear waters around the resorts.
  • Hire a dive master to learn to dive or to explore the sunken vessels and coral walls.
  • Canoe or kayak in the lagoon.
  • Fish the deep sea for marlin.
  • Charter a sailing catamaran.
  • Windsurf, stand-up paddle, waterski, or jetski.
  • Swim in the famous grotto.