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The InterContinental Tahiti is very conviently located to the airport and the main city fo French Polynesia, Papeete. The hotel is located on over 30 acres of flush, full gardens with 2 restaurants, 2 swimming pools, 1 pool is a fresh water sand bottom pool, a lagoonarium with live tropical fish and corals ready to discover, 3 bars, Spa & fitness center, watersports and activites center. We are a full service hotel with a Concierge team ready to respond to any request you may have.
After a full buffet breakfast at the Tiare Restaurant, an adventuress half-day 4x4 Jeep safari tour to the lush & rugged interior of the island, along the Papenoo Valley. A different side of Tahiti awaits you with amazing waterfalls and enormous green peeks such as Mt. Orehena the highest point of Tahiti. To cool off, while on the excursion, you can even take a dip in the refreshingly cool Papenoo River. Alternatively, if you wish for a more hands on, you can hop on a SSV Rhino and drive your own 4x4 along to the Papenoo Valley with your guide leading you the way.
After an exciting morning, enjoy a poolside lunch of the typically Tahitian dish of poisson cru: raw tuna marinated in lemon and coconut milk. My favorite dish ever. Afterwards, take the shuttle into Papeete and visit the famous local market. At the entry of the market you can find fresh ice cold coconuts. Purchase one for a few hundred francs and let the island revitalize you with the chilled juice as you see what the local merchants have to offer: handcrafted clothes, woven goods and world class vanilla pods. If you have the time and inclination and you are looking for the ultimate souvenir, you can even get a tattoo here. Return to the hotel for a well-deserved nap in one of the hammocks spread along the resort grounds.
For a perfect sunset, jump on a jet ski & cruise the lagoon and watch the sun sink behind the neighboring island of Moorea while you discover a sand bank and enjoy a bottle of Chilled French Champagne. During this time have your bungalow romantically decorated for a great surprise. A perfect dinner to end a perfect day. Head towards the port of Papeete to dine at a local “roulotte”. A local flavor awaits you with everything from fresh grilled fish to French crepes made in front of your eyes. IF you're lucky your meal will be accompanied by live ukulele music or traditional songs. .
It's the custom to shake hands at least once a day with people you know. If you are meeting a group, you should shake hands with everybody, even if you don't know them.
The official language of French Polynesia is French, although the unofficial language, Tahitian, is probably more widely spoken. English is spoken by some native islanders and most will be happy to answer questions and help you.
Learning a few Tahitian words will open the door to getting to know the locals better.
TASTING LOCAL DISHES
Tahitians like people who are willing to try their local dishes, such as poisson cru (marinated raw fish). If someone offers, you should try it, but it doesn't mean you have to finish it.
There is no obligation to tip, but it is always appreciated. When you arrive at the hotel and this subject is still not clear to you please see the concierge and we will explain everything to you.
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TAHITI Golf Atimaono
Tahiti's Atimaono golf course is located about 45 minutes from the hotel. A cotton and then a sugarcane plantation, it became Tahiti's first golf course in 1970.
TAHITI Legend of Tahiti the fish
Legend says Tahiti was transplanted from Raiatea, transformed into a fish and then became land again.
TAHITI Local festivals
There are many cultural festivals in Tahiti, especially in the month of July when the Heiva I Tahiti takes place. If you are lucky enough to be in Tahiti during the Heiva we may arrange everything for you, transfers, tickets ext.
TAHITI Surfing at Teahupo'o
Teahupo'o is one of the best surf spots in the world. Professional competitions are held here every year. This is rated the most dangerous wave in the world by all professional surfers. We may arrange a private tour of this area.
Bring a universal adaptor as you may have difficulty purchasing one here. The voltage is 220v and you will mostly find type E power plugs (French plugs format)
The French Pacific Franc (XPF) is the local currency. It is best to bring US dollars and exchange them once you arrive. Its always good to keep at least some local currency handy.
We do have shopping areas, but our location is still remote and it may be difficult to find certain things, particularly electronic items. Bring necessities such as a digital camera, iPod charger and extra memory cards.
Take reef shoes with you. Corals, shells and fish may hurt if you step on them with bare feet. If you need to purchase them when you arrive please see the Concierge desk and we will advise you where to buy.
Do not forget your sun cream. A good pair of sunglasses and a hat are also essential.
From the International airport of Faaa, exit to the right on circle island road. The hotel is a short 2.8 km from the airport. The hotel will be on the right side of the road. Taxis are available 24hours a day at the airport. If you would like a private transfer prepared to pick you up from the airport to the hotel, please contact your travel agent or our concierge team by email: firstname.lastname@example.org In order to anticipate and prepare for your arrival, please make sure to send your arriving flight time and number in advance.