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When to go?
The weather in Papeete, the capital of Tahiti, offers constant highs of 85F/30F land lows of 72F/22C twelve months a year. The rainfall, however, fluctuates greatly with the rainy season peaking in December and January, and the driest months being June through September. Often cloudy weather will delay or cancel tours into the mountains, so if getting inland, away from the ocean is in your plans, visit during the dry season. To enjoy Tahiti at its most exciting, visit in any season, but be an early riser. The locals are up with the sun and having all the fun before most tourists have strapped on their sandals.

Where to stay?
Tahiti offers opulent hotels at a premium price, and basic, inexpensive, sparse rooms with few amenities and nothing in between. Your lodging dollar (or Euro or Yen or Pound) will not go as far as you perhaps would like and those adventurers who really wish to travel on the cheap should have a working knowledge of French. Most of the hotels that offer what American and European travelers would expect in any room are arrayed in and around Papeete and it is worth the extra money to find a room at one of these larger hotels. Official cab fares from 8pm to 6am are 1,500CFP ($15US) to the hotels on the west coast; 2,500CFP ($25US) to downtown. Add 100CFP ($1US) for each bag. Anything more is literally a crime, so do not get taken.

What to do?
If you will not be diving or snorkeling in the lush lagoons, then enjoy a visit to the Lagoonarium, an underwater viewing room surrounded by pens containing reef sharks, sea turtles, and many colorful species of tropical fish. The Marche Municipale bustles early in the morning as local farmers and artisans peddle their wares as early as 5 AM. Much of the natural beauty flows from the two volcanoes that created this island paradise. In addition to the beautiful, Polynesian beaches and mountains, Tahiti boasts a delicious indigenous cuisine based on the himaa (earth oven). Great food can be had at local stalls, for very reasonable prices and for any meal. Most big resort hotels have at least one Tahitian feast a week, and most include a Tahitian dance show after the meal.


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