Divided into two parts, Tahiti Nui bigger, northwestern part and Tahiti Iti smaller, southeastern part , the island was formed from volcanic activity; it is high and mountainous with surrounding coral reefs. Its population is , inhabitants census ,  making it the most populous island of French Polynesia and accounting for Tahiti is the economic, cultural, and political centre of French Polynesia, an overseas collectivity and one of two overseas countries , the other being French Guiana of the French Republic. The capital of French Polynesia, Papeete , is located on the northwest coast of Tahiti.
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French nuclear tests 'showered vast area of Polynesia with radioactivity' | France | The Guardian
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Travelers may have read that now is the "perfect time" to visit Tahiti, but they will be surprised to find it — and the rest of French Polynesia — is suddenly closed to them. As vaccinations are opening borders to some countries, Covid mutations are causing others to close. The volatile nature of the pandemic's current stage is a reminder to travel-starved holidaymakers that the risks of traveling right now extend beyond contracting Covid
French nuclear tests in the South Pacific in the s and s were far more toxic than has been previously acknowledged and hit a vast swath of Polynesia with radioactive fallout, according to newly declassified ministry of defence documents which have angered veterans and civilians' groups. The impact spread as far as the tourist island, Bora Bora. Thousands of veterans, families and civilians still fighting for compensation over health issues have insisted France now reveals the full truth about the notorious tests whose impact was kept secret for decades. Jacques Chirac , the French president, controversially resumed nuclear atoll explosions in the South Pacific shortly after being elected in Le Parisien said the documents "lifted the lid on one of the biggest secrets of the French army".