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It's very easy to explore Tahiti in one day, as the island is compact and simple to navigate. In fact, most travelers usually only spend a day or two in Tahiti— sometimes even just a few hours — before heading to the other islands of French Polynesia. If your time is limited, you'll want to experience downtown Papeete. Head to the local market, Le Marché, and buy your souvenirs for the trip home; then visit Vai'ete Square at night and eat from the gourmet food trucks, Les Roulottes. This will give you a good snapshot of what the island of Tahiti has to offer.
If you have more time to spare, we recommend a full-day circle island tour. This is one of the best ways to see the many historical sites and museums around the island. You'll stop at Point Venus, where Captain Cook witnessed the transit of Venus in 1769, and visit the home of James Norman Hall, the author most famous for his classic, "Mutiny on the Bounty." Other stops include the Museum of Tahiti and Her Islands, the Paul Gauguin Museum and the botanical gardens. To get the most out of the experience, choose a guided tour from a company like Marama Tours. Or, if you'd prefer, you can also rent a car and explore the island at your own leisurely pace.