is part of the French Polynesia, which consists of 118 islands situated in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. Tahiti is the largest of the “Windward” group of islands, dominated by Mount Orohena and Mount Aorai, with colorful lagoons, multicolored fish, deep green valleys covered with rainforests, cascading waterfalls and an abundance of flowers and fruit trees. Tahiti has an international yachting community, and a waterfront with a tree lined promenade alongside an attractive marina. International cargo ships, sailboats and luxury yachts share the harbor. The Central Market (Marche Central), is located one block behind the waterfront and is not to be missed. You will find fresh fruits, flowers, fish and traditional Tahitian crafts. There are interesting excursions in Tahiti, such as visiting the Harrison Smith Botanical Gardens, the Museum of Tahiti and her Islands, and the Lagoonarium, where you can view the exotic undersea world. Activities on the island include golf, tennis, helicopter excursions, snorkeling, diving, wind surfing, deep-sea fishing and water skiing. The jewel-like Tuamotu Islands are located just 180 miles from Tahiti and are an ideal spot for deep sea diving. The tropical climate of Tahiti, cooled by mild trade winds, is perfect for sailing and yachting. The dry season runs April to October, but can be windier, especially in July and August. From November to March, the winds calm down and rain falls most frequently between December and February.