"Tahiti - but is it paradise?" Top 5 Page for this destination Tahiti by easyoar

Tahiti Travel Guide: 221 reviews and 536 photos

If you mention Tahiti to most people, they think of an idyllic island with sunny beaches, blue lagoons, mountains and beautiful women. This was certainly the perception the sailors on the HMS Bounty had when they landed. The fact that the beautiful women went around almost naked and very had very easy going morals must have been a collosal bonus!

However, how true is this vision that people have today?

The people probably look much the same, and yes the women are very pretty! There is still very beautiful scenery. The big down point is the colossal rip-off factor that has become built in to Tahiti and the surrounding islands. Everything costs a lot more than it should (every tourist and several locals that I spoke to were all complaining at the crazy prices). I also felt that you would be misled into thinking things were open to encourage you to go on tours or to visit them, and when you got there you found out they had been closed for months, and that only the gift shop was open! This for me was a very big minus against Tahiti and makes it very unlikely I will bother to go back there.

It is worth pointing out here that Tahiti is not a country. Tahiti is one of a series of islands that make up French Polynesia (other islands include Moorea, Bora Bora and several others). Politically, Tahiti (and French Polynesia) is part of France. Until recently this has been very good for Tahiti on an economic basis. France has had a Nuclear Testing facility in Polynesia, and locals were paid very good money to work there. However there has been so much pressure on France to stop, that they did indeed stop, and they closed the Testing facility at the same time. This has meant that the generous subsidies that France spent on improving the local infrastructure are starting to run out. Prices are ridiculously high as the locals try and earn a similar standard of living. I personally see Tahiti having financial problems in the near future.

French Polynesia is actually made up of 5 island groups. The group containing Tahiti is the Society islands, and Tahiti is the biggest and most important of these islands. These Islands are also referred to as "Tahiti and her islands".

Most people that arrive in Tahiti escape off to some of these surrounding islands (especially Moorea and Bora Bora) as fast as they can. I can understand why, but Tahiti is probably worth a day of viewing. rent a car and srive around the island or just some of it, there are definitely some sites worth seeing.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Beautiful scenery, beautiful people
  • Cons:Hugely expensive and numerous rip-offs
  • In a nutshell:Nicer places for less money
  • Last visit to Tahiti: Aug 2004
  • Intro Updated Dec 27, 2004
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  • lomi's Profile Photo
    Sep 3, 2009 at 9:08 AM

    I may never visit and my vision of a truly exotic island is a bit out of date, but I like reading about your trip.

  • Kakapo2's Profile Photo
    Apr 23, 2009 at 10:09 PM

    I especially like your intro and the critical notes in your tips. Good to know about the danger of thefts. The smallest car now costs 120 Euro or so... Happy that I will have accomm. on a cruise ship... Sissi

  • Jim_Eliason's Profile Photo
    Aug 11, 2007 at 9:22 PM

    thanks for the tips!

  • hunterV's Profile Photo
    Jun 20, 2007 at 1:51 AM

    That would be a great visit there!...

  • Mar 14, 2007 at 9:05 AM

    Dude, you are sick and wrong.

  • icunme's Profile Photo
    Jul 31, 2006 at 8:14 AM

    Hi Andy - Another little tour of paradise on your pages! Will return yet again, and again..... Ciao, Carol

  • traveldave's Profile Photo
    Jun 2, 2006 at 4:42 PM

    Despite its problems and high prices, Tahiti still looks like a beautiful place to visit. Wouldn't mind going there someday myself.

  • May 27, 2006 at 2:34 AM

    Excellent page...! (And a great read while I'm waiting for summer to arrive in Tromsø...*sigh*... ;o)

  • RafaelTheSecond's Profile Photo
    May 7, 2006 at 7:30 AM

    hehehehe this islands means a dream in paradise!;) So far from Brazil, but for sure I will reach it one day!;)

  • ukirsari's Profile Photo
    May 5, 2006 at 1:52 AM

    hi andy :) yes, bali is very far away .. but once you landed here you'll get nice sunset as appears in my main page now!!!

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