We’ve compiled the best of the best in Tahiti - browse our top choices for the top things to see or do during your stay.

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  • 1. Arahoho Blowhole

    Tiarei | Nature Sight

    Look out for the signs denoting the French name trou du souffleur. However, you won't miss it because the blowhole is right on—and under—the...Read More

  • 2. Gauguin Museum and Botanic Gardens

    Taunoa | Museum/Gallery

    These two sights are side by side. The museum has 25 small original works by the famous artist who lived in Tahiti and the Marquesas Islands...Read More

  • 3. Maison de la Culture

    Pape'ete | Arts/Performance Venue

    The nation's cultural center is housed in a traditional Polynesian design, octagonal building which has a theater, cinema, exhibition space...Read More

  • 4. Maraa Grotto

    City Park

    This park, with meandering pathways leading to ferny grottoes (caves), has lovely gardens and crystal clear pools. You can walk into the caves...Read More

  • 5. Marae Arahurahu

    Paea | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Beautifully restored and maintained, this ancient religious site is the most spectacular on the island and is used as a backdrop for historical...Read More

  • 6. Notre Dame Cathedral

    Pape'ete | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    This is the center of the Catholic community in Pape'ete, as well as a quiet and cool retreat from the hot and sticky city. Built in 1875 and...Read More

  • 7. Paofai Temple

    Pape'ete | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    This pale pink church with white timber filigree work and a clock tower topped with green steeple is right on the main road a 100 yards or so...Read More

  • 8. Pape'ete Public Market (Marché de Pape'ete)

    Pape'ete | Market/Bazaar

    You could spend hours wandering around this lively market, which sells almost everything from fruit and vegetables to fish and handicrafts to...Read More

  • 9. Place Tarahoi

    Pape'ete | Plaza/Square

    Once the compound of Tahiti's 19th-century royal family, today it's the center of French Polynesia's territorial government. The square houses...Read More

  • 10. Place Vaiete

    Pape'ete | Plaza/Square

    This open space, in front of the cruise dock and next to the tourist office, is the heart of Pape'ete. The square comes alive when cruise ships...Read More

  • 11. Pointe Vénus and Lighthouse

    Nautical Site/Lighthouse

    This point on Matavai Bay has major significance: it is the place where Captain Samuel Wallis landed in 1767 and where James Cook watched the...Read More

  • 12. Robert Wan Pearl Museum

    Pape'ete | Museum/Gallery

    Pearl pioneer Robert Wan's lovely museum is one of a kind. Here you'll see a pearl-encrusted prayer book that belonged to Charles II of France...Read More

  • 13. Tahiti and Her Islands—Te Fare Manaha Museum

    Puna'auia | Museum/Gallery

    Located at the Pointe des Pecheurs (fishermen's point), this is one of the best museums in the South Pacific. Situated on the site of an ancient...Read More

  • 14. The Three Waterfalls

    Body Of Water/Waterfall

    It's an easy walk of about 100 yards from the carpark to the first of these three waterfalls (also known, collectively, as the Fa'arumai Waterfalls...Read More

  • 15. Tomb of Pomare V

    Arue | Memorial/Monument/Tomb

    The tomb of Tahiti's last king—Pomare V (1839–1891)—is built of coral stones in the shape of small lighthouse, which has a red door and is topped...Read More

  • 16. Centre Vaima

    Pape'ete | Store/Mall

    Pape'ete's first shopping center houses 65 stores over three levels. The red-roofed building has stood on Boulevard Pomare, almost directly...Read More

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