The Musée Gauguin is no great shakes; if you expect any original works by Gauguin, you’ll leave disappointed. Much of the text about...
Bain de Vaima & Vaipahi Spring Gardens
Vaima Pool is where locals come from all over to bathe in the icy but exceptionally clear waters that are thought to have healing...
Tahiti Iti Diving
This well-run dive shop is based near Taravao on Tahiti Nui but runs dive trips to Tahiti Iti. It charges 5800 CFP for an introductory...
Restaurant du Musée Gauguin
The Restaurant du Musée Gauguin is actually not attached to the museum at all – it’s about 800m to the west, in a great setting on the...
Lonely Planet review
Tahiti’s Jardins Botaniques and Musée Gauguin share an entrance road and car park at PK51.2. The 137-hectare Jardins Botaniques has walking paths that wind their way through the garden past ponds, palms and a superb mape forest. The gardens were founded in 1919 by an American, Harrison Smith, who introduced many plants to Tahiti including the large southeast Asian pomelo known on Tahiti as pamplemousse, the French word for grapefruit. Unfortunately, Smith also introduced one or two botanical disasters that Tahiti could well have done without, including the Miconia calvescens, which has caused serious damage to other plants. Mosquitoes in the gardens can be fierce.