As the capital and largest city of French Polynesia, Tahiti and its capital city of Pape’ete are not quite as idyllic and peaceful as you might imagine, but the island is filled with world-class resorts and it’s also a more interesting place than you might have guessed. French is the official language, but nearly everyone you meet as a visitor will speak English as well.
The nearby island of Moorea is more beautiful, and the stunning island of Bora Bora is a short flight away, so Tahiti isn’t the final stop for most romantic and honeymoon visitors coming into the area. Hotels and resorts here are very expensive by any standards, so you don’t want to just turn up hoping to find a decent deal. Many resorts are a bit on the older side as well, so read those reviews if you are trying to book a trip of a lifetime.
Locally grown and made food, including abundant and fresh baguettes, can actually be reasonably priced in Tahiti and the other islands. But most things need to be imported from great distances, so it should be no surprise that restaurant meals tend to be very expensive. There are a few bargains around, including the food carts along the waterfront each evening. Alcohol is also quite expensive, except for the local lager and some imported wines.