Tahiti is the largest island in French Polynesia.
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
The capital, Papeete, meaning the "
water basket, " was once a gathering
place where Tahitians came to fill their
calabashes with fresh waters.
Our tour of Tahiti started at the market
in Papeete, followed by a visit to the Cathedral
and the President's residence. We were
surprised that the guard allowed us entry
into the grounds to take a closer photo of
the 'Palace'. We then went to the
Pearl Museum, the only museum in the world
devoted entirely to pearls - the history
and practice of cultivating pearls as well
as their place in art, history, mythology,
In the afternoon, we went on a circular
tour of Tahiti, visiting the lagoonarium,
Fern Grottos, Paul Gauguin museum, Point
Venus - the tip of the peninsula lined with
black-sand beaches being the historic landing
site of many of the early explorers including
Captain Cook and Captain William Bligh. Then
on to Faarumai Waterfalls and the Blowhole
before viewing a beautiful sunset.