Destination Guide - Tahiti

Tahiti, or French Polynesia, comprises 118 islands spread over 5,179,000 square kilometres of the South Pacific – probably too much to take in during one trip. Bora Bora is known as a honeymoon hotspot; Tahiti for those who like a livelier dining and shopping scene with their relaxation; Moorea for a quieter alternative just next door to the action. And if these three don’t appeal, you’re not far down the list.

The Basics

Currency: Cour de Franc Pacifique/Pacific Franc (CFP)
Population: 291,000
Capital: Papeete
Time zone: -10
Daylight savings: N/A
Country code: +689
Languages: French, Tahitian
Electricity voltage: 110V and 220V
Electricity hz: 60Hz
Electrical plugs: Two flat parallel prongs (American style) or two round parallel pins (European style)
Mobile network: GSM

Highlights

    • Bora Bora
    • Moorea
    • Tahiti/Papeete
    • Tuamotu Islands

Events

  • 5 March
    Missionaries Day

Weather

Tahiti offers a mild tropical climate throughout the year. November through February is generally the wettest period.


Getting there and around

Tahiti is the only island offering any real method of public transportation, in the form of buses. Hire cars are an option on many islands. There are regular ferries between Tahiti and Moorea and various other ferry routes between islands.

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Further reading

Here are some suggestions for other tropical destinations.

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