Fruits of the sea ... a wealth of fresh ingredients go into fine dining in Tahiti.

Food file: Tahiti

From raw fish to fine French cuisine, Ute Junker discovers a wealth of island delights.

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Woman on beach and overwater bungalows at Le Meridien Tahiti Resort.

No sex in the islands of love

Despite the sexy, debaucherous locals, Nicky Park fails to have a holiday fling in the South Pacific's islands of love.

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Island options ... (from top) taste authentic French Polynesian fare; take a ferry to the white sandy beaches of Huahine.

A villa la France revelation

Despite its reputation as an expensive destination, Tahiti can be done on a budget – just ask the French, writes Caroline Gladstone.

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Tahiti & French Polynesia

Boulevard Pomare, Tahiti

Deserted sandy beaches, overwater bungalows, towering palm trees and all the ingredients you need for R.O.M.A.N.C.E.

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Sunday best ... a service in Paofai Temple.

24 hours in Papeete

Paul Edwards walks among the markets of the sultry Tahitian capital and settles for a seafood lunch over a beautiful inlet.

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