Where is the island of Tahiti?

French Polynesia more commonly known as "Tahiti" is located in the South Pacific about 4h30 hours by plane from Auckland, New Zealand, approximately 8 hours from the city of Los Angeles. 


How many islands are in Tahiti?

Commonly referred to as The Islands of Tahiti, French Polynesia is a collection of 118 islands and atolls scattered across an impressive nautical surface area the size of Western Europe. Still, these tiny islands - many of which remain uninhabited - make up a total landmass of only 1,600 square miles (4,100 sq. km).


Passport & Visa

Passport need to be valid for 6 months longer than their return date.

Foreign nationals from the following countries are entitled to a 3 months stay without a visa within a six-month period with the exception of visitors who engage in any sort of paid activity during the duration of their stay, regardless of the length if their stay.

European Union: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, The Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Czech Republic, Romania, United Kingdom, Slovakia, Slovenia, Sweden, Spain and Greece.

Asia- Pacific: South Korea, Japan, Singapore, New Zealand, Tokelau, Niue, The Cook Islands, The Mariana Islands, American Samoa Islands, Guam and American passports holders, Australia, foreign nationals of Norfolk and Australian passport holders, Malaysia, Brunei, The Federated States of Micronesia, Kiribati, Nauru, The Marshall Islands, The Solomon Islands, Samoa, Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu.

For more information please check www.polynesie-francaise.pref.gouv.fr or contact your closest French Embassy or Consulate.


Climate:

Tahiti enjoys a fairly even year round climate with daytime temperatures usually around 28 - 33 celsius, dropping by a few degrees in the evening.

The weather is warmer and more humid from November through to May and dryer and cooler from June to October.


Language

Throughout Tahiti and its islands, French is the official language, with Tahitian spoken by the local population. English is also widely spoken throughout.


Time difference

Tahiti is 22 hours behind New Zealand standard time - when it's 12 noon Monday in New Zealand, it is 2pm Sunday in Tahiti. During daylight savings it is 1pm in Tahiti.

Due to the international dateline, you will gain a day en route to Tahiti and loose one coming home.


Electricity

Tahiti’s electricity supply is 220 Volts (60 Hz). When traveling from New Zealand/ Australia you will require a European “twin pin” plug. Be sure to double-check your appliances compatibility before plugging them in. Converters/adaptors are usually available upon request at your hotel front desk.


Medical

Tahiti has an excellent standard of health care available with several hospitals, and qualified doctors located on most island.

As with all overseas travel, it is recommended that you purchase travel insurance before you depart. Tahiti Vacations is able to provide you with such a travel insurance, please enquire.


Currency & Credit Card

The local currency is the Pacific French Franc - known by the abbreviations CFP and XPF
Denominations available are the 1/2/5/10/20/50 and 100CFP coins, and 500/1,000/5,000/10,00CFP notes.

Credit cards are widely used throughout the islands, with the most popular cards being the Visa and Master card, followed by American Express. The others, such as Cirrus or Diner’s Club cards, are not accepted.

Some retailers will only accept credit cards when purchase is over 2,000 CFP.


Tipping

Although tipping is not usual in Tahiti and consequently is not expected. But if you feel that you were well attended, your tip will always be appreciated.


Accommodation:

Hotels and Resorts

Many of Tahiti’s hotels in their design and styling are amongst some of the most unique in the world.

Most offer accommodation in individual thatched “fare” (bungalows) located in tropical gardens, beach and even over the water on stilts.

The vast majority of international classed hotels and resorts provide standard in room refrigerators, a minibar and tea/coffee making facilities.

Other alternative accommodation

Pensions de Famille, are the Tahitian version of bed and breakfast and are a great way to experience Tahiti and its islands on a budget.

Holiday Villa or self-catering holiday batches are also available, and some of these are very beautiful.

Small Boutique accommodation are also available and provide a very good standard of food and service, bungalows are well appointed.

Motels: Not a lot but you can still find some motel type accommodation in Tahiti and its island.

Tahiti Vacations offers packages using all these types of accommodation. Please check our range of holiday packages.


Clothing

With the warm tropical atmosphere, all you need to pack is light casual clothing with natural fibres providing most comfort.

What to pack:

  • Light clothes
  • Togs/swimming gear
  • Light durable footwear
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunhat
  • Sunscreen & lotion
  • Passport
  • Beach Towel when staying elsewhere than a resort.

Duty Allowance

The general rule of thumb allows for up to 2 litres of wine, 2 litres of spirits, one dozen beer and one carton of cigarettes per person.

Are you able to take some food to Tahiti?

You are able to take food into Tahiti as long as it has been vacuum-packed or sealed, i.e, tins, packets, etc., and the seal has not been broken. For fresh meat, you will need to find a MAF approved butcher that is able to package meat for export.


How do you get to Bora Bora

To reach Bora Bora Airport, you have to fly to Tahiti first. From there you can catch a flight using Air Tahiti. These run up to five times a day, and take 50 minutes. Boat transfer is necessary to get from Motu Mute to Bora Bora itself.

How do you get to Moorea

A few minutes’ fight from Tahiti or just 30 minutes on ferry.