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There are plenty of things to do with the kids in Tahiti. It's the best place to expose them to the history and culture of French Polynesia, while also letting them swim, play and explore the island's lush tropical surroundings. If you're traveling with little ones, here are Forbes Travel Guide’s editors’ picks for the best things to do with kids in Tahiti.
1. Explore the island on a guided tour. This is the best way to discover the various cultural, historical and natural sites around the island. Stops include the Museum of Tahiti and Her Islands, the botanical gardens, and Tahiti’s famous local marketplace, Le Marché. Although we recommend a guided tour for the added educational element, you can also rent a car and explore the island at your own leisure.
2. Go on a Jeep Safari. The interior part of the island of Tahiti is incredibly lush and therefore fun to explore. If your kids don't like to hike, this activity is the perfect solution. They'll enjoy the ride from the back of a four-wheel drive vehicle as you discover tropical gardens, cascading waterfalls and small, rural villages.
3. Ride the ferry to Moorea for a day. The island of Moorea is only 30 minutes away from Tahiti by ferry. If you're staying in Tahiti for the duration of your French Polynesian trip, this is a great way to experience another island and get a better feel for the destination as a whole. Moorea features quaint villages, alluring beaches, superb snorkeling and plenty of hiking.
4. Sign them up for surfing lessons. While Tahiti is famous for its monstrous waves, there are also some local surf spots where the swells are much smaller and better suited for children. You can arrange for a private lesson or enroll your kids in a group class.
5. Go snorkeling. You'll find a string of great beaches along the west coast of the island, just beyond the Le Méridien Tahiti. Mahana Park is a friendly beachside park where the locals picnic and play soccer or volleyball on the weekends. The snorkeling there is very good and the water is calm and shallow, making it safe for children of all ages.