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Category: Region, Local time: 15:42:14, Altitude: 370m

Tahiti is the largest island of the Society Islands, the archipelago which belongs to French Polynesia. It is situated in the Pacific Ocean, about 7,800 km from the coast of Peru. Tahiti occupies an area of 1045 km2, and its highest point Mount Orahena reaches an altitude of 2241 m. The island is divided into two interconnected parts. The smaller one is known as Tahiti Iti ("small Tahiti”) and the bigger one as Tahiti Nui (" big Tahiti”) . Most people live on the "Big Tahiti", which is better developed than the "Little Tahiti”. The capital city of French Polynesia, Papeete , is situated on the "Big Tahiti”.

Glances into History

The history of Tahiti goes back to 300-800 AD, when the island was inhabited by the Polynesians. They would be coming for the fertile soil. Tahiti was discovered in 1606 by the Spaniards. Perhaps the very first European who visited the island was an Englishman Samuel Wallis in 1767. The island is also connected with the name of a French explorer Louis-Antoine de Bougainville,followed by the British Captain James Cook, who named the archipelagos the Society Islands, the Royal Society Islands. Europeans disrupted the lives of local people when they brought prostitutes, alcohol and veneral diseases. The diseases killed about 16 000 inhabitants during the 18th century. Tahiti became a destination for missionaries and traders in the 19th century. At that time the the French influence appeared. French Polynesia has become French overseas territory since 1946.

General Information

Tourists usually know Tahiti as the island of love. The island attracts with its beautiful nature - tropical forests, palm trees and citrus groves. Tahiti is also popular among surfers and divers. Tourists travelling to Tahiti should not expect white sandy beaches as there is black volcanic sand. The sea is azure blue with corals. In the capital of French Polynesia, Papeete , you may enjoy many shops with snacks and souvenirs such as shells. There is an international airport and a port with boat transportation between islands. The Tahiti currently has a population of approximately 180 000.

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GPS: -17.6453, -149.4429
Altitude: 370 m
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Last update: 2012-08-17 00:17:23

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The information has not been confirmed by the owner yet Why to go there?: mountains, lakes, glaciers

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Punaauia (18km)Arue (15km)Papeete (18km)