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Status Tahiti is part of French Polynesia, a French overseas possession, claimed in 1843. Settled by the Polynesians in 850, it's the largest of the Society Islands, so named by Captain Cook in 1769.
Capital City Papeete
Climate Tropical conditions with frequent rainfall in the summer months (November - April). Ideal conditions exist from May - October as trade winds cool the island
General Information Considered "Paradise on Earth" by many travelers, and made famous by Captains' Cook and Bligh, and of course, the artist Paul Gauguin, this island has it all. From the busy city of Papeete to the spectacular vistas of the interior, it's an island of legend.
Location It's approximately 2,700 miles south of Hawaii, and about 3,600 miles east of Australia.
Latitude/Longitude 17° 52S, 149° 56W
Terrain A rich green, mountainous island, with some peaks inland exceeding 2,000 meters
Languages French (official), Tahitian (official)
Official Currency Comptoirs Francais du Pacifique franct
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Land Area 1045 sq km (403.4 sq miles)
Tahiti tourism website here
French Polynesia website here
French Polynesia photos here
Time and Date in Tahiti