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Tahiti Travel Guide

Tahiti conjures up images of an island in the sun – and that is exactly what it is! The island of Tahiti was formed by a series of violent underwater eruptions nearly three million years ago that spewed up lava and rock into the air that soon cooled into land. The island of Tahiti floats in the gentle calm of the South Pacific and has lured to its shores such luminaries as Paul Gauguin, Robert Louis Stevenson, Jack London, Somerset Maugham, James Michener and Marlon Brando amongst others.

Tahiti’s manifold charms are not just mythical - overseas visitors to French Polynesia receive a warm welcome, one that comes in the form of leis of fragrant gardenias and frangipani to the sounds of traditional Tahitian music.

Flowers play a very important part in the life of a Tahitian. Brightly colored hibiscus flowers are used in leis or garlands to welcome visitors and most Tahitians wear the flower - the tiare Tahiti in their hair. If the man or woman wears the flower, it signifies they are spoken for!

French Polynesia is an expensive destination – the cost of living here is second only to Japan. So be prepared to shell out a good amount on your holiday.

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