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There are more than 3 000 rooms in 47 hotels throughout Tahiti and Her Islands, catering to a wide range of budgets and personal preferences, as well as lodging in hospitable family pensions and private homes. Tahiti offers affordable packages as travel partners closely work together to promote the destination.


The currency is the French Pacific Franc (XPF).
Credit cards and traveler checks are widely accepted. Banks are located at Faaa Airport and on most islands. Hotels also exchange currency and traveler checks. U.S. currency may be accepted as direct payment in hotels, restaurants and large shops. ATM machines are also available.


Hotels use either 110 or 220 volts, depending on the location. A converter/adapter is often required for appliances, including computers.

Communication & Internet

Direct dialing international calls is available in most hotels and phone booths. Phone cards can be purchased at any post office, newspaper store or shop with phone booths nearby. Cell phones with U.S. service plans may not work in Tahiti depending on the type of phone and service provider. Larger hotels and several internet cafes provide internet access.

Duty Free

All items brought in by travelers for their personal use are duty-free, provided they are non-prohibited items and are re-exported out of French Polynesia within six months. These include 200 cigarettes, 100 cigarillos or 50 cigars; and 2 liters (approx. 67 oz) of alcohol, champagne, or wine.


The climate and lifestyle on the islands call for casual and comfortable clothing. Pack loose-fitting, natural fabrics and plenty of shorts. Pareus and swimsuits can be worn during the daytime at the resorts, while casual shirts and walking shorts provide the most comfort during island explorations. For dinner, casual slacks and sport shirts are the best choice for men while cool sundresses are most appropriate for women.

Getting There

Tahiti is closer than most people think: it’s in the same time zone as Hawaii and Tahiti’s Faa’a Airport is less than 8 hours by air from Los Angeles LAX airport. Air New Zealand, Air France and Air Tahiti Nui all offer non-stop service from Los Angeles, LAN offers one weekly flight from Chile.


French Polynesia enjoys a high standard of health, with excellent medical and dental services, pharmacies, private clinics and a large government hospital in Tahiti. The outer islands have hospitals or dispensaries, and a few private practitioners.


French and Tahitian are the official languages, but English is spoken and understood in tourist areas. Brushing up on a few basic French phrases and learning Tahitian greetings will be appreciated.


Tahiti is in the same time zone as Hawaii. The islands are just two hours behind Pacific Standard Time. During Daylight-Saving Time (April to late October) they are three hours behind. Time in the Marquesas is half an hour ahead of the rest of the islands.


Tipping is not customary in Polynesian culture and is not expected. However, tipping is welcomed for exemplary service.


By Air
Air Tahiti operates regularly scheduled flights out of Tahiti over a network
of 47 islands and atolls operates a 10-minute shuttle service between Tahiti and Moorea. There’s a maximum luggage allowance of 10 kg/person (child and adult) except for passengers in correspondence with an international flight, within a period of 7 days before or after the international flight where passengers are granted a free baggage allowance of 20kg under certain conditions,
– Passengers reserved in class Y: 20kg,
– Passengers reserved in class Z: 50kg,
– Divers: supplementary free baggage allowance of 5kg on ATR flights on presentation of supporting documents.
No baggage allowance for babies.
For more information:


Air Archipels, Air Tahiti, SARL Pol’Air.
The regular airline companies


Tahiti-Faa’a airport
Mr. Marcel GALENON
B.P. 314 – 98713 Papeete – Tahiti
Tel.: Group Sales (689) 86.40.23
Tel. Res.: (689) 86.42.42 / Fax Res.: (689) 86.40.99 / /
Air Tahiti has a fleet of 10 ATR aircraft (48-seat ATR 42 and 66-seat ATR
72), 1 19-seat Twin Otter (owned by French Polynesia) and 1 9-seat Beechcraft chartered to Air Archipels.

Chartered Flights

Tahiti-Faa’a airport
Mr. Yvonnick RAFFIN
B.P. 6019 – 98702 Faa’a – Tahiti
Fax: (689) 86.42.91
Tel. Res.: (689) 81.30.30 /
Air Archipels offers private day flights as well as night flights to all of the
islands of French Polynesia upon request.
Air Archipels operates these high comfort flights with Beechcraft Super
King B200’s equipped with 7 VIP seats and has a fleet of 3 airplanes.


In the northern area of Tahiti-Faa’a airport
Sirs Stéphane CHANTRE & Arnaud SOULIERE
B.P. 1328 – 98703 Punaauia – Tahiti
Fax: (689) 83.02.20 / GSM: (689) 74.23.11 /
Charter flights with a 19-seater Beech 1900 D to all of French Polynesia.
This is a versatile and high-performance aircraft with a large cargo capacity
that is perfectly suited to group-travel (such as tourists, scientists,
film crews and businesses).
Helicopter service
Tahiti-Faa’a Airport
B.P. 60138 – 98702 Faa’a – Tahiti
Tel.: (689) 50.40.75 / Fax: (689) 50.40.76 / GSM: (689) 78.65.05 /


Catamarans and ferry boats cross between Tahiti and Moorea several times a day. Schooners and cargo boats serve all the inhabited islands from Papeete. Schedules vary according to the destinations: three times a week to the Society Islands three to five times a week to the Tuamotu, every fifteen days to the Maquesas  and the Austral Archipelago and once monthly to the island of Mangareva
The most inexpensive and common form of transportation is the public bus system. On Tahiti there are two types of buses: the open-air trucks called Le Truck and the RTC large white coaches, both operating frequently in Papeete and around the island. Le Truck also operates on most other islands. Taxis can be hired at most hotels, airports, and ferry terminals. Rental cars are available at most airports for drivers over 21 years of age with a valid driver’s license. Major credit cards are usually required for drivers under 25.

Visa & Immigration

French nationals only need a National Identity Card for a stay in French
Polynesia. However, a biometric passport is necessary for transit via the
USA. Travelers are seriously advised to be in possession of a passport
valid for six months longer than their return date in case of an unforeseen
or extended stopover in the United States.
Foreign nationals from the following countries are entitled to a three-month
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 of 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, Greece.
Asia-Pacific: South Korea (*), Japan (*), Singapore (*), New Zealand,
Tokelau, Niue, The Cook Islands, The Mariana Islands (*), American Samoa
Islands (*), Guam (*) and American passport 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, Vanuatu.
Chinese foreign nationals from Hong Kong if they are HKSAR passport
holders and those from Macao if they are RAEM passport holders.
North, South and Central America: Brazil (*), Venezuela (*), The
United States of America (*), Mexico (*), Argentina, Bolivia, Canada, Costa
Rica, Chile, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Honduras, Panama, Paraguay, Uruguay,
Guatemala, The Bahamas, Barbados.
Other countries: Andorra, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Monaco, Norway,
St Marin, Vatican City, Switzerland, Croatia, Antigua and Barbuda, Israel,
Macedonia, Mauritius, Montenegro, Palau, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Serbia,
Diplomatic passport holders only: Algeria, Saudi Arabia, Armenia,
Morocco, Moldova, Russia, Senegal, Thailand, Ukraine, Vietnam. – or with
a biometric passport: Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina. – or holders
of service passports: South Africa, Columbia, Dominican Republic,
Equateur, Gabon. – or holders of a special passport: Bahrain, United
Arab Emirates, the Sultanate of Oman, Peru, Qatar, Tunisia, Turkey. – or of a
biometric passport with the number of the identity card: Taiwan
– holders of a secured diplomatic passport: The Republic of Congo.
Nationals from all other countries require visas, which may be
obtained from the French Embassy or French Consulate in the country of
residence. The full global listing of which can be found at:
or all other categories of visa-exempt foreigners, please contact
the French Polynesian Border Police (Direction de la Police aux Frontières
de Polynésie Française):
Tel. : (689) 80.06.20 / Fax : (689) 81.28.34 /

Visitor Information

Tahiti Tourisme – Tahiti
Address: Paofai Building, Entry D, Pomare Boulevard
P. O. Box 65, Papeete, Tahiti
Tel: (689) 50 57 00
Fax: (689) 43 66 19


Cooled by gentle ocean breezes, the climate is ideal. Being tropical but moderate, the climate features sunny, pleasant days and an average yearly air and water temperature of 80F. Summer is from November through April, when the climate is slightly warmer and more humid. Winter is from May through October, when the climate is slightly cooler.