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Tahiti – Misconception in a Grass Skirt

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The Turquoise Lagoon of Tahaa, French Polynesia The Turquoise Lagoon of Tahaa, French Polynesia

When it comes to Tahiti, there are a lot of misconceptions. The first to be dispelled is the idea that natives are walking around in grass skirts and coconut bras. Aside from the dance troupes that perform for the tourists, I found that I was the only one (just kidding). The second misconception is a bit broader in scope. When people hear the name ‘Tahiti’ they think of a tropical archipelago stretched across wide expanses of South Pacific scenery; with gorgeous natives, white powder beaches, turquoise lagoons and yes, lots of grass skirts. While elements of each can be found on Tahiti, what people are actually thinking of is the territory of French Polynesia, which encompasses not only its principal island of Tahiti – the main island of the Society Islands group, but several other island groups as well. No offense to Tahiti…

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