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Destination — TAHITI

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Let’s Explore Tahiti and her islands

Otemanu Mountain in Bora Bora

The islands of Tahiti are a mythical destination. The mention of Tahiti brings to mind visions of an idyllic island paradise and once you visit, you’ll discover that your imagination isn’t too off the mark. Secluded, tropical and lush, these islands are a universe where dreams meet reality.

Located in the South Pacific, The Islands of Tahiti are just eight hours by air from California. Surrounded by pristine, crystal clear blue waters, the 118 islands and atolls offer natural beauty, authentic island culture, and unique French Polynesian style. The Islands of Tahiti are world-renowned for their white sand beaches, stunning turquoise lagoons and varied landscapes ranging from coral atolls to volcanic mountain peaks. Each island offers a variety of accommodation experiences from luxurious resorts with overwater villas, to family guesthouses, to sailing via private charter or scheduled cruise. Privacy comes naturally in The Islands of Tahiti and offers visitors the space to relax and reconnect and to be Embraced By Mana.

Let’s explore Tahiti.

Tahiti map
Society Islands

The most visited archipelago in French Polynesia is the Society Islands of  Moorea, Bora Bora, Huahine, Raitea, and Tahaa.

The Society Islands are tropical dream islands where you can choose from various land and water activities or relax by the pool. Moorea is the closest to Tahiti and boasts some of the most spectacular scenery of jagged, lush green mountains and waterfalls. 

The most popular of the Society Islands is an idyllic Bora Bora. Bora Bora is surrounded by a tranquil turquoise lagoon and white sandy beaches. one of the world’s premier honeymoon destinations, but the over-the-water bungalows that perch on stilts over the lagoon offer an enchanting experience for any visitor.

 

Tuamotu Islands

Featuring unique pink sand, the Tuamotu Archipelago consists of 76 islands and atolls. It is the land where the story of Robinson Crusoe could have taken place.

The Tuamotus are known for world-class surfing (Hava’a Pass and Mototunga). Scuba diving and snorkeling with plunging coral walls and reef sharks. Fakarava and Rangiroa offer world-class scuba diving and should be on your bucket. The other famous islands included Manihi and Tikehau.

Gambier Islands

Located more than 900 miles southeast of the island of Tahiti and at the end of the Tuamotu Islands, this archipelago is the most remote and least populated region. If you seek pristine nature and lack of tourists, the Gambier Islands are for you. Of the 14 islands Mangareva is the main islands (capital Rikitea). The total approximate population of the archipelago currently is 1,300 residents, most of whom live in the Rikitea.

Austral Islands

The charming Austral islands are located south of Tahiti, on the Tropic of Capricorn. You will find no overwater bungalows, beach bars or hi-speed internet. Here you will find magnificent beaches and a chance to connect with nature. You will have the opportunity to meet the crafty and friendly locals who proudly call this place home. From experiencing life in the slow lane to swimming with humpback whales ( best place to view August- October) to venturing into ancient caves. Recommended for those seeking the “off the beaten path” adventure.

Marquesas Islands

Unlike islands in the other four archipelagos of French Polynesia, the Marquesas are dramatically different. These high islands have no protective lagoon; their high peaks and deeply eroded valleys create some of the most stunning island scenery in the world. Marquesans call their islands “Land of Men,” or “Te Henua ‘Enana.” The islanders are authentic and remain connected to their land. Fishing, horseback riding, hunting, and tattooing are part of everyday life. Located 932 miles away from Papeete, the island sees very few tourists. Those who dare to explore are promised a trip with a lasting lifetime experience.

Travel Guide
People
Tahitians are considered some of the most genuinely friendly and kind people in the world. But Tahitians are also known for being a little shy as well.

Language

French and Tahitian are the official languages, though English is widely spoken in tourist areas.

Currency

The Islands of Tahiti’s currency, the French Pacific Franc (XPF, previously CFP), fluctuates with the euro. Hotels and financial institutions offer exchange services. Major credit cards are widely accepted. I suggest you bring CFP with you.

Weather

There are two main seasons, summer and winter. The best time to visit is during the dry winter months of May to October. The summer months (November to April) are often humid, with sporadic rain showers (typically afternoon and overnight). Tahiti offers a lovely climate year-round, average temperature 80F.

Health Requirements

US residents don’t require any vaccines. 

Entry Requirements

A passport valid for three months after the return date and a round-trip ticket for entry is all that is required for short stays under 90 days for US & Canadian visitors. Visas are not required for short stays. For visitors wishing to stay longer than 90 days, a long stay visa is required. Citizens of other countries should consult their travel agents or the French Consulate

Wifi 

Get up to 20 Gb of data and a broadband Internet connection thanks to the excellent coverage of the main islands. You can share your connection with devices and stay connected all the time! Tahiti WiFi, the best mobile internet solution in French Polynesia. For more information, visit the Tahiti WiFi website.

Tipping 

Tipping is not customary or expected in Tahitian culture. However, tipping is always welcomed for exemplary service. Recommended 10%

Electricity

The electric current in most hotels is 110 or 220 volts, depending upon the specific location. An adaptor is recommended.

Water

You can drink tap water in Tahiti, Moorea, and Bora Bora and in all the international resorts. It is usually acceptable in family hotels and in the other islands but we recommend that you ask your hosts for confirmation.

More information can be found on the Tahiti Immigration website.

Customize Your Experience


Our itineraries provide the perfect foundation to plan your desired trip, so you can adjust destinations, activities, and lodgings to suit your tastes best. We highly recommend customizing to create a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

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