Travel Tips for Tahiti

Some things to keep in mind when traveling to Tahiti...

Location

Tahiti covers over two million square miles of the South Pacific Ocean and is comprised of 118 islands spread over five great archipelagos.

Climate

Tahiti temperatures average about 79°F year around for both the air temperature and the water temperature. They are a tropical destination blessed with lots of Sun and enough rain to keep the waterfalls flowing and the flowers blooming!

Time Difference

Tahiti shares a time zone with Hawaii, which is two hours behind Pacific Standard Time; three hours during daylight saving time, late April through October.

Entry Requirements

For stays of up to 90 days, there are no visa requirements for citizens of the United States. Make sure that your passport is valid through the end of your stay.

Tipping Protocol

Tipping in French Polynesia is not required - nor expected.

Language

French and Tahitian are the official languages, but English is spoken and understood in tourist areas.

Health

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. Certificates of inoculations against cholera, yellow fever and the plague are required for visitors arriving from an infected area as defined by the World Health Organization.

Currency & Exchange

The currency is the French Pacific Franc (XPF). 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.

Electricity

Electricity in French Polynesia is 220V and frequency is 50/60Hz. The socket/plug type is Type C. They look like this:

Jet Lag

Westbound flights appear to be the worst for jet lag but many people report feelings of jet lag with any long haul flights. To prevent feeling the worse for wear when you arrive at your destination try the following tips: Be well rested before boarding your flight, drink plenty of fluids and cut back on the alcoholic and caffeinated beverages, try to exercise by stretching in your seat or strolling the isle. One of the best tips is to try to set your body clock to your destination’s time while in flight. Waiting until you land can leave you literally in the wrong time zone.

What to Pack

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.

  • Sunscreen

  • Brimmed hats

  • Sunglasses

  • Swimsuits

  • Reef-walking shoes

  • Bug repellent

  • Prescription medicine

  • Camera with plenty of film