French Polynesia is a French overseas collectivity in made up of several groups of Polynesian islands. The most populated island is Tahiti in the Society Islands group, where the capital Papeete is located. Other island groups are; Marquesas Islands, Tuamotu Archipelago, Austral Islands, Bass Islands, Gambier Islands. Tahiti is the most populated island with 68.6 ...% of the total population. Bora Bora is the second most recognized island, legendary for its luxury resorts. Other important atolls or island groups are: Ahe, Hiva `Oa, Huahine, Maiao, Maupiti, Mehetia, Moorea, Nuku Hiva, Raiatea, Tahaa, Tetiaroa, Tubuai, and Tupai.Show More
A passport that is valid for at least one month after the end of your trip is required for both U.S. and Canadian citizens to enter and depart the country. Please ensure that the name on your passport matches all travel documents we have issued. If this is not the case, please contact us immediately.
Please make a photocopy of your passport’s identification page and keep it separate from your original. It’s also a good idea to leave a digital copy with someone at home. This may speed up the replacement process should you lose your passport.
Both Canadian and American citizens may enter Tahiti without a visa. This may be different for citizens of other countries. Please check with the French Polynesian government for visa requirements.
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Cancelation and Medical Insurance is highly recommended as it can safeguard against the expenses associated with in-country medical emergencies, lost or delayed baggage and emergency cancelation or interruption of your trip. Please ensure your policy will provide you with upfront medical coverage so that you are not responsible for a hefty doctor’s bill while away. Insurance can be purchased through us.
Currently, there are no vaccinations required to enter Tahiti and Bora Bora. It is advised to consult a travel doctor 4-6 weeks before departure in regards to the recommended vaccinations below:
DiphtheriaHepatitis A & BMalariaRabiesTetanusTyphoid
For all vaccinations and health requirements, you can also refer to the recommendations from:
World Health Organization (WHO): http://www.who.int and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) http://wwwnc.cdc.gov.
If there are any medical items essential to your health, such as prescription drugs or corrective eye wear, bring duplicates and divide them between your checked bags and hand luggage. It is also advised to take iodine tablets to purify water if bottled water is not available. It is also strongly advised to take over-the-counter diarrhea medication. While non-prescription drugs such as aspirin are generally available, it is difficult to replace prescription items.
Other recommended Items:
Tahiti and Bora Bora are home to ideal, tropical climates. The average temperature is 80°F, with not much of a temperature difference between the winter and summer seasons.
Summer is from November through April, with a warmer and more humid climate and winter is from May to October, when the climate is slightly cooler and drier. When you step out of the airplane, you'll immediately notice that the air is warm and humid.
For up-to-date forecasts, check www.weather.com.
Light weight clothes with waterproofs are recommended all year round. The temperature is warm year-round, so be prepared for tropical temperatures. Light sweaters are suggested for evenings and early mornings.
FOR PHOTOGRAPHERS: Video camera, camera with zoom lens in a dust-resistant case, sufficient memory cards, a spare camera battery and charger. Photography is not allowed in certain religious buildings, especially temples. So be sure to ask permission before you take a photo.
Electricity: 220 volts AC, 50Hz.Plugs are of the European variety with two round prongs. Do not use 110V outlets marked ‘FOR SHAVERS ONLY’ for anything else as they will not work and may even get damaged.
Phone: Roaming charges vary between carriers, but tend to be quite costly. Consult your phone provider prior to departure to discuss overseas rates and international package options.
Internet Internet access is available in all but the most remote towns. Internet cafes are available in most tourist spots. Connection speeds are high, especially in the big cities. Many hotels and restaurants provide free Wi-Fi or terminals for their guests. If you bring your own phone and/or laptop, several providers offer mobile internet services (EDGE/3G) services as well.
Generally speaking, we advise bringing US$100-150 per day, per person, for spending money. Be sure to bring lots of small bills for porters, wait staff and housekeeping (not obligatory and based on your satisfaction). The French Pacific Franc (CFP) is the official currency in French Polynesia. The CFP comes in both paper notes and coins, with notes coming in denominations of 500, 1000, 5000, and 10,000 francs. Coins come in denominations of 1, 2, 5, 10, 20, 50, and 100 francs.
We recommend that you get local currency from your bank before you leave home or from a bank machine in-country which is much cheaper than an exchange service at the airport or in tourist areas. Your bank card may work, but Visa or MasterCard are more widely accepted.
For current exchange rates please visit www.xe.com
Currency: French Pacific Frank (CFP)
Time Zone: UTC−10
Electricity: 220 V
Calling North America: Dial 001 plus area code and your 7-digit number
Emergency numbers in Tahiti: Police 17, Fire 18, Ambulance 15