Did you know that Tahiti is the largest island in the Windward group of The French Polynesia?
The island is located in the archipelago of the Society Islands in the central Southern Pacific Ocean, and is divided into two parts: The bigger, northwestern part Tahiti Nui and the smaller, southeastern part Tahiti lti. The island was of course formed from volcanic activity and is high and mountainous with many beautiful surrounding coral reefs.
November to April is the wet season. The average temperature ranges between 70 and 88 °F. There are many days with beautiful clear skies, with white picturesque clouds in the background with the sun gleaming through.
Music, along with dance, is an integral part of everyday life in the islands. The instruments are minimal, but the sound is rever-berant. Tahitian music can best be identified by the fast tribal rhythms of the wooden drums also known as pahu. These drums, are traditionally covered in sharkskin, are played alongside the toere, a long cylindrical drum with a split down the side for that higher pitched percussion sound. Other traditional instruments include the pu, or conch shell, the vivo, or nose flute, and the ukulele.
In Tahiti, an abundance of fresh seafood, tropical fruits, and organic vegetables are treated to the culinary talents of international chefs. The cuisine is usually French with Polynesian influence, providing a fusion of gourmet flavors prepared with locally sourced ingredients.
Beyond the city atmosphere, Tahiti is also a scenic island with lush landscapes and large abounding waterfalls. Leave the more developed areas behind and you will find shady hiking trails, pleasant beaches and calm waters. This unique juxtaposition makes Tahiti one of the most diverse islands in French Polynesia. It is recommend exploring these interior peaks, and valleys on a guided hike, ATV or Jeep Safari tour depending on how outgoing you are.
Other popular activities include snorkeling, of course Jet Skiing and surfing. Experienced surfers should visit the famed Teahupo'o and bear witness to one of the world's most intense waves. Beginners can surf or take lessons at some of the more mellow beaches around the island. You can also enjoy a day of golfing at the Olivier Bréaud Golf Course, one of only two courses in French Polynesia.