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French Polynesia

What can I expect from the French Polynesia?

Known for its stunning views, overwater bungalows, and crystal blue lagoons teeming with underwater life, French Polynesia is an idyllic destination worthy of any bucket list

 

How to Get There

You can fly into Fa’aa International Airport in Papeete, Tahiti.  Direct flights are available from the West coast of North America, Japan, New Zealand, France and other island in the South Pacific.  Airlines servicing Tahiti are Air Tahiti Nui, American Airlines, Delta Airlines, United Airlines, Hawaiian Airlines, Air France, Japan Airlines, and Air New Zealand

Currency: The local currency of French Polynesia is the French Pacific Franc (CFP).  The US dollar is  accepted, but you still need to have some local currency for local shops.

Language: French is the official language of French Polynesia.

Credit Cards & ATMs: Credit cards can be used at most hotels, car-rental companies, restaurants, and shops on the islands. However, you should carry cash just in case.

An ATM in French Polynesia is called a “billeterie”.  You can find them at the banks on the main islands.  You may also be able to get cash from your hotel reception in some cases; they will charge you a small percentage and put it on your overall hotel bill.

Plugs: The standard voltage is 110/220 V, frequency is 60/50 Hz. A universal adapter with surge protection is best. Make sure to use a converter for hair dryers.

Safety: The islands of French Polynesia are generally safe. Petty theft and the occasional break-in is usually the worst of it.  Make sure to lock your valuables.

 

Best Time to Visit

January-April is the wet season, so you can expect regular showers off and on throughout the day and very few tourists. May-June mark the beginning of the dry season and are the best months for weather and availability. July-December you will see a spike in humidity, crowds, and prices.

Things to See and Do in French Polynesia

Snorkeling
Whale watching
Diving
Surfing
Hiking
Polynesian cultural shows
Visit vanilla plantations
Visit waterfalls
4x4 tours

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