How to Spend 1 Day in Tahiti
Whether Tahiti is your final destination or you’re passing through on the way to other French Polynesian islands, you’ll find plenty of natural and cultural attractions to keep you occupied. If you have only one day there, stay near the water. Here’s how to make the most of 24 hours in Tahiti.
Morning: Join a dolphin-watching cruise
One of the highlights of French Polynesian travel is spending time on—and in—the water, and a dolphin-spotting cruise is a fun way to do so. Your chance of seeing one of the sea mammals is high—and even if you don’t, you’ll likely also have time to swim and snorkel in calm waters. In addition, you’ll see other marine life while savoring views of Tahiti’s forested volcanoes.
Afternoon: Chill out at a beach
In contrast to some of the other islands of French Polynesia, most of Tahiti’s beaches are made up of black volcanic sand, giving them a dramatic look. If you’re staying in Papeete and don’t want to venture far, Bain Lot Beach is the closest to town. If you want to go a bit farther afield, head to Plage de Toaroto for good snorkeling, Plage Lafayette for fewer crowds, and La Plage de Maui for white sand (less common on the island).
Night: Dine on food truck delicacies
Spend the evening in Papeete and grab a casual dinner from the food trucks parked along the waterfront from about 6pm. French Polynesia’s cuisine is a unique blend of French and Pasifika influences, and the food trucks are the way to go if you want to try lots of different things without committing to a whole meal. Sample fresh seafood, French snacks such as crepes and frites, and local rum punch. There’s live music on the weekends, too.