Tahiti lies in the South Pacific. It is the largest of the 118 islands and atolls that comprise French Polynesia. Tahiti is located in the Society Islands, an archipelago which includes the islands of Bora Bora, Raiatea, Taha’a, Huahine and Moorea, and has a population of 127,000 people. The legendary name ‘Tahiti‘ not only identifies this island but also the group of islands that make up French Polynesia.

The Port of Papeete is the capital of French Polynesia. Located in the South Pacific Ocean on the northwest coast of the island of Tahiti, this overseas territory of France is home to the French High Commissioner. The Port of Papeete is also the main industrial, commercial and tourism center of the Windward Islands.

One of the South Pacific’s biggest metropolitan areas, the Port of Papeete is a beautiful tropical city with many flowers and tall palm trees.  

Tahiti is composed of two volcanic mountain ranges. In the shape of a ‘turtle’, it is made of Tahiti Nui (the larger part) and Tahiti Iti (the peninsula). The two islands are linked by the isthmus of Taravao and skirted by black beaches.

Tahiti is characterized as group of paradise islands with rugged mountain peaks, coral reefs, turquoise-blue lagoons, white sand, palm-fringed beaches, and luxuriously intimate resorts. Each island paradise has something for everyone.


Tahiti Ports and Anchorages