Tahiti…..Just the word…..The world’s definition of paradise
Queen of the Pacific — Tahiti, the largest island throughout the country, towering over the ocean like a proud and royal queen, is appropriately crowned by a circle of majestic peaks.
The mountainous interior is adorned with deep valleys, clear streams, and high waterfalls, all bathed in green iridescence of Mother Nature’s light. The coastal lands, edged with a rugged coastline, are home to fields of tropical flowers and most of the island’s population.
Papeete, meaning the “water basket, ” was once a gathering place where Tahitians came to fill their calabashes with fresh waters. Now the invigorating capital city and gateway of the country, boasts world-class resorts, spas, fine dining and unique restaurants, nightclubs, vibrant markets, pearl shops, and boutiques.
Polynesian songs and legends have bestowed this famous South Pacific island many names such as ‘ Great Tahiti of the Golden Haze,’ ‘ Mounting Place of the Sun,’ ‘ Land of the Double Rainbow,’ and ‘ The Gathering Place.’ Legends describe Tahiti-Nui and Tahiti-Iti as a great fish that swam away from the sacred waters of Havai’i, now known as the lagoon shared by Raiatea and Taha’a.