Most remote travel destination Tahiti | Getting there is not easy, #8: The polynesian island of Tahiti is one of the most remote tourist destinations on earth. For being fairly small in size and so extremely remote, impressing 44,000 tourist arrivals have been counted in 2017. The majority of tourists is coming from the United States (32,000). Distances to Tahiti: 4,400 km south of Hawaii, 7,900 km west of Chile and 5,700 km east of Australia. Because of some serious occupation by France between 1880 and 1946 Tahitians are officially French citizens. Today 184,000 people live here. Largest city: Papeete (30,000 inhabitants).
Things to do in Tahiti
What are tourists usually up to in Tahiti? Scuba diving, hiking, skin bronzing and pearl shopping of course. But there is more.
Tahiti made quite some noise since its ‘discovery’ by James Cook in 1787. The Surfing World Championship Tour have been to Faaa, because of a reef break, making pretty big waves. The swells usually break to the left but sometimes break to the right. The big swells cause Teahupoo to become a major surfing place for the World Championship Tour.
By 1890, French Painter Paul Gauguin had conceived a project of making Tahiti his next artistic destination. Here he executed paintings depicting Tahitian life such as ‘Fatata te Miti’ and ‘Ia Orana Maria’, the latter to become his most prized Tahitian painting.
At Faa International Airport destinations such as Auckland, Honolulu, Los Angeles, Paris, Santiago de Chile, Sydney and Tokyo are served by Air France, Air New Zealand, Air Tahiti, Hawaiian Airlines and LAN Airlines.
Thanks to France, tourism is the most significant industry in Tahiti. In 2006 France signed the Progress Pact with Tahiti to assist in education and tourism with investments of $150 million each year.
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