Tahiti Smaller Islands

Travel to Tahiti for a wonderful break. It is the largest and most populated island in French Polynesia, which makes up a massive area of 2.5 million km2 in the Southern Pacific Ocean, according to the map of Tahiti.

In the past, Tahiti has also been known as Otaheite and its capital of Papeete is located on the northwest coast. Tahiti is part of one of French Polynesia’s five Archipelagos known as the Society Islands which includes Tahiti, Moorea, Bora Bora and the smaller Huahine, Raiatea and Taha’a Islands.

Tahiti weather is tropical with sun all year round, making it perfect for a vacation. The wet season is November through April and the tropical climate means the area has significant parts of lush rain forest and cascading waterfalls which make for fabulous day trips.

The islands of Raiatea and Taha’a are said to be French Polynesia's secret treasures. Less visited than Tahiti, these islands offer an unspoilt alternative to the larger Tahiti.

Raiatea is actually only slightly smaller than Tahiti, and is said to be the cultural heart of French Polynesia, with fascinating history and some of the area’s most significant and interesting archaeological sites.

Taha’a is slightly smaller and less populated than Raiatea and provides a wonderful lagoon, making water sports the favoured activity for visitors here.

Two of the other four archipelagos are also popular with tourists. The Tuamotu Atolls include Rangiroa, Manihi, Tikehau, and Fakarava and The Marquesas Islands.

The other two Archipelagos, which include Austral and Gambier Islands, are very remote so they are not as popular with tourists.