A trip to French Polynesia is like no other!
This is why we would like to inform you on a few details concerning your arrival in Tahiti and your stay in Polynesia.

For our guests travelling from Hawaii :

Hawaiian Airlines is the only company to fly between Hawaii and Tahiti. You will leave from Honolulu and arrive in Papeete (PPT), Tahiti, which is the only international airport in French Polynesia.
For departures from other islands of Hawaii, Hawaiian Airlines flights are scheduled regularly, all day long, for your convenience, to Honolulu airport.
There is only one flight scheduled to and from Tahiti per week.
The departing flight leaves Honolulu on saturday only, in the afternoon, and arrives late at night in Tahiti.
The return flight leaves Tahiti on saturday night around midnight, and arrives in Honolulu early in the morning on sunday.
You will therefore need to spend at least the first night of  your trip on the island of Tahiti.

For all our guests :

Getting to Tahiti:
The Polynesian islands are located south of the equator, in the same time zone as Hawaii, halfway between California and Australia. French Polynesia’s international airport is in Papeete (PPT), on the island of Tahiti.
Nonstop flights depart LAX daily (8 hours flight) , and several flights a week departing New York's JFK ( 12 hours flight).
International airlines providing services include Air Tahiti Nui, Air France, Hawaiian Airlines, Air New Zealand, Qantas Airways Limited, Lan Chile, and Air Caledonia International.
If you are connecting to another island and your flight arrives late at night, you will imperatively have to spend the first night in Tahiti.

Travelling between the islands :
Inter-island travelling is very easy and well serviced by the local airline, Air Tahiti.
The Air Tahiti network covers 41 islands in French Polynesia.


Bora Bora, Huahine, Raiatea and Rangiroa are connected to Tahiti with several daily flights. On the other hand, some islands like the Marquesas can be limited to one flight per week. The flight schedules will be taken into consideration when planning your trip.
The short flights to Moorea are a shuttle service of Air Moorea.
Moorea is also accessible by ferry Aremiti, with several departures every day,  to and from Papeete harbour.
You can fly via Air Tahiti to all twelve islands that we feature, except for Tahaa, which is served by boat transfer from close-by Raiatea.
When requesting a quote, inter-island airfare will automatically be included, using the appropriate airfare or airpass, when applicable..


Transportation within the islands :
Transfers from the airport to your hotel or resort are organised by the hotels, and are an extra fee. For your convenience, we book all your transfers when booking your hotels. Taxis are available, but expensive and not always present at the airports. 
Many of the hotels are accessible only by boat ( mostly in Bora Bora, Huahine, Taha’a, Tikehau, Rangiroa and Fakarava), and the hotels have their own private boat transfer service. A hotel host will be waiting for you at the airport, to welcome you and take you to your hotel.
Regarding transportation on the islands, if your hotel is located on a Motu ( small island detatched from the principal island) which is the case for most of the hotels on Bora Bora for example, the hotel usually provides free boat  shuttles and bus shuttles to the main island, into town.
Almost all of the islands have rental car companies, who offer to rent cars, scooters, buggys or ATVs. If you are interested in visiting the island, we would advise that you rent a car only for a day, the islands being pretty small, you usually get around in a few hours. Renting a scooter or a buggy is a great and fun way to discover the island.  


Weather :
Cooled by gentle ocean breezes, the climate in French Polynesia is ideal. Being tropical but moderate, the climate features sunny, pleasant days and an average yearly air and water temperature of 80° F. Summer is from November through April, when the climate is slightly warmer and more humid, with higher risks of rainstorms. Winter is from May through October, when the the climate is slightly cooler and dryer  Tahiti is a tropical destination blessed with lots of sun and enough rain to keep the waterfalls flowing and the flowers blooming!

 

Time Difference :

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.

Currency and money exchange :
Upon arrival most visitors exchange some money at the airport or at their hotels. Since most credit cards are readily accepted in all tourist areas, it is not necessary to exchange large amounts. The currency is the French Pacific Franc (XPF).

Spoken Languages :

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 are appreciated.

Passport and Visa :

A valid passport and a roundtrip or return ticket are required for all visitors entering Tahiti. Visas are not required for North American citizens for stays of less than one month.

Activities :
Tahiti is the perfect place to do everything or nothing at all. Popular activities include 4x4 safaris, nature hikes, scuba diving, snorkeling, canoeing, sailing, jet skiing, wind-surfing, surfing, bike riding, tennis, golf on the island of Tahiti, horseback riding, deep-sea fishing, , circle-island tours, helicopter tours, museums stops and archaeological tours.
Diving :
The islands of Tahiti offer world-class diving and are famous among divers for the large marine life, drift dives, warm and pristine waters, and uncrowded dive sites. The clear lagoons, coral gardens, underwater passes, and oceanic drop-offs all create an abundant aqua-culture with infinite sealife. If you have at least one week, you can enroll in a complete certification course or take a shorter resort course at many of the resorts and from the cruise ships. If you are already a PADI, NAUI, or SSI member, your certification is recognized.

For any other information please conatct us by mail at info@tahiticonnections.com
We wish you a pleasant stay in French Polynesia.

 

 

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