Heiva: a guide to celebrating the culture of French Polynesia
'Bora Bora Heiva flower floats' by MarkWallace. Creative Commons Attribution Location: To’ata Sq, Pape’ete, Tahiti Dates: July 4-20 2013...
Places in Tahiti
Around Tahiti Nui
It’s another world outside of Pape’ete; the sea is a deep blue, the jagged, green mountains frame the sky and cars putter along at 50km/h. While many people just zip around the 120km circuit of Tahiti Nui taking everything in from their car windows, it’s better to do as the locals do by taking it slow, stopping often and soaking in the incredible lushness.
East Coast of Around Tahiti Nui
The east coast is the quietest and most isolated section of Tahiti Nui. From lava tubes to waterfalls and a blowhole, it has some seriously great natural attractions. The road winds between cliffs and sea, and the views, deep into valleys and out along the reefless, jagged coast, are simply stunning.
Metropolis this is not. Pape’ete is really just a medium-sized town (by Western standards) of moulding architecture with a lively port, lots of traffic and plenty of smiling faces to pull you through it all. You’ll either get its compact chaos and colourful clutter or you’ll run quickly from its grimy edges and lack of gorgeous vistas.
West Coast of Around Tahiti Nui
Tahiti Nui’s west coast is busier and much more touristy than the island’s eastern side. It has the greatest concentration of places to stay outside Pape’ete, plus many of the museums and major sights. The chic suburb of Puna’auia, which stretches from around PK10 to PK18, has an excellent restaurant scene and Tahiti’s best beaches (though this is not saying a lot).
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