Climbing Mount Aorai (2, 066 metres), Tahiti, French Polynesia. Photo by Yanik1214.
• Scuba Diving. Tahiti has a variety of sites for all levels of divers and targets ranging from wrecks to sharks. The Aquarium is a popular place to feed fish by hand.
• Surfing. The north coast offers good surfing with both beach breaks and reef breaks. The best time to surf is winter when distant Pacific storms trigger grand waves. The southern coast of Tahiti has the most breaks, apart from Papara’s waves.
• Body surfing or Body boarding. Inexperienced visitors may prefer to try less tricky body surfing or body boarding (on a small board not for standing). Taapuna Pass, Paea, Tapuaeaha, Ava iti, are common locations for newbies.
• Golf. The International Course of Atimaono is a 6, 944-yard, par 72 course and is Tahiti’s only 18-hole golf course.
• Quad Biking. Roar thru the Papenoo Valley in the centre of Tahiti by quad bike, including river crossings.
• Horseback Riding. Club Equestre de Tahiti organises rides into the heart of Secret Mountain.
• Deep-Sea Fishing is a popular activity with French Polynesia visitors. Game fish include marlin, yellow fin tuna, sailfish, swordfish, mahi mahi, barracuda and other pelagic fish.
• Kayaking. The Lagoon or the windward side of Punaauia are best kayaking spots in Tahiti.
• Hike Aorai Mountain. Mount Aorai (2, 066 metres) is a fine climb and can be done without a guide. Pape’ete has many professionals offering different levels of hikes and mountain climbing over 1-4 days.