Top 10 Tips for Exploring Tahiti and Her Islands

Travel Tips

HOLIDAYING IN TAHITI

10 TIPS TO KNOW BEFORE YOU TRAVEL

Here are 10 expert tips to help you get the very most out of your holiday adventure in the Islands of Tahiti. Whether it’s a family getaway, a honeymoon to celebrate the start of a new life or an adventure escape, there is something for everyone! Dive in and get our South Pacific Specialists’ top 10 tips on travelling in Tahiti.

Choosing a time to visit

Tahiti enjoys warm, beach-friendly weather all year round. Did you know that the Tuamotu Atolls in the islands enjoy one of the highest numbers of sunny days in a year? Over 3,000 hours of fun under the sun, for a fact. However, there is a distinct wet season between November and March. Ergo, the best time to visit Tahiti is during the dry season which runs from June to September. .

Average temperature of 26°C between October to April

March is typically hottest month of the year

Fewest rainy days in July-September

When it’s raining, it can easily cross over a foot of rainfall a month!

Point of arrival - Fa'a International Airport

Distance from Fa’a Airport to the main town of Papeete: 6.7 km

Sydney to Papeete

9 hours flight via Auckland

Auckland to Papeete

4 hours 35 minutes direct flight

Los Angeles to Papeete

8 hours 10 minutes direct flight

Papeete to Moorea

2 hours (includes ferry ride)

Papeete to Bora Bora

50 minutes flight

Wedding

(incl. of flights, stays, ceremony, meals, drinks for couple and guests)

Conrad Bora Bora

Approx.
18,000

Tahiti Pearl Beach Resort

Approx.
9,000

InterContinental Bora Bora Le Moana Resort

Approx.
16,000

InterContinental Tahiti Resort & Spa

Approx.
14,000

Le Maitai Rangiroa

Approx.
8,000

Honeymoons

SETTING YOURSELF A DAILY BUDGET

Although Tahiti is ridiculously beautiful, it is also unquestionably expensive. The day-to-day cost will vary depending on activities, meals and any additional purchases during your stay. On the whole, unless you’re determined to stay on a shoe-string budget, staying in Tahiti will burn a hole in your wallet!

AUD$ 180 per person per day in Tahiti is a minimal spend

AUD$ 300-500 for a mid-range spend

For a no-holds barred luxury trip, aim for at least AUD$ 800 per day

Day trip prices sit at around AUD$ 50-500

ARRANGING VACCINATIONS

Tahiti is one of the safest countries to travel to, heath-wise. There are no shots required, unless you’re travelling/ hopping from a country which has health advisories. That said – do keep a bottle or spray of industrial-strength mosquito repellent (they’re most determined!).

Unless you’re coming from a destination with malaria as an endemic disease, you’re all set!

The Islands of Tahiti are safe – no vaccinations needed !

Do carry bug spray and heavy duty mosquito repellent.

CHANGING UP CURRENCY

THE LOCAL CURRENCY IS THE CFP FRANC. THE EXCHANGE RATE IS APPROXIMATELY 73 TO THE AUSTRALIAN DOLLAR.

Banknotes frequently used are: 500, 1,000, 5,000 & 10,000 CFP

Do carry cash on you as the outer islands will not have ATMs or even banking facilities

ATMs (also called DABs!) are available in Papeete and other major islands.

Banque de Tahiti, Banque de Polynésie and Banque Socredo operate on these islands

The Fa’a International Airport has Banque Socredo ATMs.

Allergy advice

A typical Polynesian dish is likely to consist of fish, seafood, and root vegetables but many resorts will cater for all tastes. Before you depart alert your resort to any dietary requirements you have. Some foods may contain traces of nuts.

INTERNET AND WIFI

As beautiful as the Islands of Tahiti are, it isn’t the ‘hotspot’ for super-consistent and speedy WiFi! The outer islands have decent connectivity, internet access is still a premium commodity when compared to first world ease.

Prepay accounts are available for devices

Tahiti WiFi, Vini and Viti provide mobile WiFi options

Portable WiFi devices generally cost AUD$ 60 and 1GB of data costs AUD$ 8

Papeete and 65 other islands like Bora Bora, Moorea and Huahine have speedy internet in form of broadband and 3G/4G, but the rest have to swing by on 2G.

Data usage at an internet café costs between AUD$ 2-8 per hour

Mobile – 3.3 mbps download & 4.7 upload mbps in Tahiti – compared to Global Average of 23.57 & 9.35

Packing for the trip

Stick to t-shirts and shorts for the most part! Tahiti is a warm country, so unless you’re going to a formal restaurant (or church!), you’re pretty set!

Hiring a nanny or childminder

Tahiti is a fantastic destination for nanny services, which can be arranged through your resort or on arrival.

Nannies can be hired for extra help any time of day

Prices range from AUD$ 5-10 per hour

Great for meal times, sleep times and pool or beach days

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