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Tahiti is one of the most captivating and breathtaking places on Earth. It is beautiful beyond your imagination.
Tahiti Is Calling... Will You Answer?
The 118 Islands of Tahiti (in 5 island groups) have many locations that will simply take your breath away. Consider visiting several islands each of which has its own character, charm and unique scenery. Scuba divers, hikers, bikers, sailors, 4 by 4 enthusiasts, cruisers, spa-seekers and romantics come from all over the World to inhale the sweet, warm Pacific air.
The Islands of Tahiti...So Many Different Island Experiences ...
Beautiful white sand beaches and colorful culture are just a taste of what is in store for you. A wide selection of accommodation promises something for every taste and every budget. And if you like nature and activity by day, and romance and fabulous cuisine by night, you are coming to the right place.
Tahiti is a magical combination of all that!
One of your first questions will be what is the weather like in Tahiti?
Well you will be pleasantly surprised to know that Tahiti is a tropical destination with 200 or more hours of sunshine every month.
The rainy season is December through March with about 30 hours of rainfall per month. That still leaves a lot of sunshine for you to frolic in!
Average temperature of the air and the water is 80 degrees Fahrenheit. PERFECT!
Jan 27°C / 80°F
Feb 27°C / 81°F
Mar 27°C / 81°F
Apr 27°C / 81°F
May 26°C / 79°F
Jun 25°C / 77°F
Jul 25°C / 76°F
Aug 24°C / 76°F
Sep 25°C / 77°F
Oct 25°C / 78°F
Nov 26°C / 79°F
Dec 27°C / 80°F
Frequently Asked Questions and
Things You Should Know
Where is Tahiti? The islands of Tahiti are located in the same time zone as Hawaii, south of the equator. It is a mere 7 1/2 hours from Los Angeles and is geographically about halfway between California and Australia.
What Time Zone is it in? French Polynesia is 10 hours behind Greenwich Mean Time, 2 hours behind US Pacific Standard Time, and 20 hours behind Australian Eastern Standard Time. The Marquesas Islands are a half-hour ahead of the rest of French Polynesia.
When it is noon Sunday in Tahiti, it is 2 p.m. Sunday in Los Angeles, 8 A.M. Monday in Sydney, 11 P.M. (winter time) - 12 P.M. (summertime) in Frankfurt. When it is noon in Tahiti, it is 12:30 P.M. in the Marquesas.
What Language is Spoken? Tahiti is a part of French Polynesia which is a cosmopolitan blend of Polynesian (75 percent), Chinese (10 percent), and European (15 percent).
The official languages of French Polynesia are Tahitian and French, but other languages and dialects can be heard as well. Paumotu (the language of the Tuamotu Islands), and Mangarevan (spoken in the Gambiers) have been spoken here for many centuries. They are descended from the Malayo-European language family, mostly brought over from Indonesia, Malaysia, Madagascar and Taiwan. Tahitians will appreciate your making an effort to speak a little French while you are there.
Approximately 250,000 people live in French Polynesia. About 75 percent inhabit the Windward Islands, 10 percent in the Leeward Islands, 7 percent in the Tuamotu archipelago, 3.5 percent in the Marquesas Islands, and 3 percent in the Austral Islands. Life expectancy is about 70 years which is the perfect amount of time to live in paradise!
Tahitians are well known for their hospitality, friendliness and laid back lifestyle. You will find them very happy. Like their distant cousins in Hawaii, the Tahitians are handsome people with tanned skin and dark features.
Money Currency, Electric Currency & Shopping? Money is French Pacific is the French Pacific Franc although credit cards are widely accepted. Voltage in major resorts is either 110 volt or 220 volts and will vary with the location. A converter/adaptor is recommended for appliances you bring with you. Shopping hours are 8:00 AM to 5:30 Monday to Friday (with a possible 2-hour lunch break) and Saturday morning. Banking hours, of course, are quite a bit shorter!! Tipping is not customary or expected but always welcome.
Local Transportation? Many tourists use the public bus system. There are two types; the open air trucks called 'Le Truck', and the RTC, which are large white motor coaches. Taxis are available and escorted tours from the hotels are easy to arrange.
Medical Care and Drinking Water? French Polynesia enjoys a high standard of health, with excellent medical and dental services, pharmacies, private clinics and a large government hospital in Tahiti, which is open 24 hours. The outer islands have hospitals or dispensaries, and a few private practitioners.
There are no snakes, poisonous spiders or fearsome animals in these islands. Hotels and dispensaries on each tourist island and atoll keep first aid supplies on hand to treat coral cuts, sunburn and the extremely rare case of poisoning when the barefoot swimmer steps on the toxic spines of the stonefish. All the islands maintain hygienic controls to combat potential epidemics of tropical diseases, such as the dengue fever.
Please take precaution and do not overexpose your body to the tropical sun. Tennis shoes or plastic sandals are recommended when walking on the reefs and in the lagoons of Polynesia.
Tap water in the hotels and restaurants is safe to drink. Local mineral waters, alcohol, soda pop and all sorts of French mineral waters are available.
What to Wear? Casual and comfortable are the order of the day. Pack loose-fitting, light, clothing with lots of shorts and swimwear. For dinners casual slacks and sport shirts for men and cool sundresses for women are acceptable.
Don't forget to bring a sun hat, sunscreen, sunglasses, personal medications, photocopy of your passport and bug repellent.
Departure Airline Ticket is required
Sufficient Funds Required
VISAS are not required for most North Americans or West Europeans but you must check with your consulate or travel agent before booking
HEALTH? No health certificates or inoculations are currently required but it is the passenger's responsibility to check with their family doctor and consulate.
CAR RENTAL? Car rentals can be easily arranged for pickup at airports. Drivers must be at least 21 years old and drivers License and major credit card are required.