Tahiti is the largest and most heavily populated island in French Polynesia. It has a population of 150,000 out of the 220,000 in all of French Polynesia. Tahiti is essentially two islands, Tahiti Nui (Big Tahiti) and Tahiti Iti (Little Tahiti), joined by an isthmus. The main town, Papeete, has a population on the order of 100,000. Papeete is a bustling city and traffic can be a bit of a snarl. Even where people are crowded together, they are warm and friendly.
The drive around Tahiti reveals some magnificent vistas. There are a number of beaches and most of the sand is black. Being volcanic, the center of the island is mountainous and frequently shrouded in clouds.
Tahiti is the best island in French Polynesia for shopping and restaurants.