- Country Quickfacts
- Things to know before you go
- Arrival Guide
- Frequently Asked Questions
- Islands at a glance
- Total Tahitian Experiences
- Cuisine of Tahiti
- Honeymooning & Weddings
- Tahiti Accommodation
GREAT VALUE VACATIONS
CRUISE AND SAIL
- Marquesas, Tuamotus & Society Islands, 14 nights
- Society Islands & Tuamotus, 10 nights
- Tahiti and Society Islands, 7 nights
- Cook Islands & Society Islands, 11 nights
- Moorea Escape
- Tahiti Escape
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- Tahiti, Bora Bora and Tahaa Escape
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- Exotic Tahiti, 3 days
- Tahiti Island Hopper, 12 days
- Romantic Bora Bora, 3 days
- Magical Moorea, 3 days
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A Taste Of Tahiti & Her Islands
The cuisine of Tahiti is internationally renowned for its fresh fish, exotic fruits and vegetables which are prepared with a Polynesian influence and a touch of French flair.
Who better to serve these delectable dishes than the irresistible Tahitian natives themselves. Restaurants offer French, Tahitian, Chinese, Vietnamese and Italian dishes for the discerning palate. The native Tahitians are also known for their sauces which contain homegrown vanilla beans.
One popular dish, Poisson cru (ia ota), which consists of raw fish marinated with lime juice and soaked in coconut milk, is so delicious and light that it melts in one's mouth. Chevreffes, another popular Tahitian entree, are tasty freshwater shrimp which can also be found on the beautiful native islands of Tahiti.
To complete any amura'a (meal), the Tahitians serve Poe, a sweet pudding made of taro root flavored with banana, vanilla, papaya or pumpkin and topped with coconut-milk sauce - the ultimate dessert.
Try the mouth-watering French croissants or the tasty biscuit-like treats, kato, which are made with coconut milk. A cup of the local coffee, which is
flavoured with vanilla bean and served with sugar and coconut cream, complements any of these delicious Tahitian desserts.
Les Rouleffes are a great way to sample Tahiti's cuisine at a moderate price. The roulettes, or rolling restaurants, are colourful, electrically lit vans that serve the best inexpensive cuisines in Papeete. Even if visitors aren't planning to eat, they can appreciate the Tahitian culture by walking around these ornately painted vans. Both locals and visitors can dine on Tahitian specialties from grilled chicken to roast pork and pizzas to chow mein and flaming crepes.
Another way to sample authentic Tahitian cuisine is to attend a Tahitian feast called a tamaaraa. At the feast, visitors will be greeted by traditional Polynesian singing, dancing and celebrating. Native Tahitian dishes of fish, roasted pork and chicken are cooked in an underground oven called ahimaa and are served to the hungry visitors as a sample of classic Tahitian cuisine.
Visitors to Tahiti will receive a final taste of Tahitian tradition as the tamaaraa concludes with a full Polynesian show complete with exotic costumes and dancing.