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Tahiti, French Polynesia Travel Information

According to usprivateschoolsfinder, Tahiti is an island in the South Pacific Ocean (Oceania). Tahiti is the main island and largest island of French Polynesia. In addition, Tahiti is part of the so-called Society Islands. The capital of Tahiti is Papeete. A number of major cities in Tahiti are: Faa’a, Punaauia, Paea and Mahina.

Tahiti is the center of French Polynesia. The island is home to almost 70% of the entire population. Tahiti is also the only island in French Polynesia with an international airport. The island consists of two extinct volcanoes that have grown together. This is reflected in the shape of the island. Tahiti’s landscape is mountainous with tropical jungles and a beautiful coastline. This coastline consists largely of sandy beaches and palm trees. The waters around Tahiti are ideal for diving and snorkeling due to the clarity and abundance of coral and fish species. In addition, there are many hotels, bars, museums, restaurants, water sports facilities and markets for tourists on the island. In addition, the island has connections by boat and plane with many surrounding islands.

Where is Tahiti located?

Travel information of Tahiti

Official name: Tahiti
Continent: Oceania
Area: 1,045 km²
Capital: Papeete
Country code: PF, PYF
Population: 178,133 inhabitants (2007)
Government: Overseas country of France
Highest point: 2,241 m (Mount Orohena)
Distance (Amsterdam – Papeete): 15,548 km
Flight time: approximately 18 hours and 20 minutes

Travel advice
Current status: No special security risks.
Current color code: Green.

Due to the coronavirus (COVID-19), there may be (temporary) measures in place in Tahiti that you as a tourist may have to deal with. For the most up-to-date corona travel advice, please refer to our special coronavirus travel advice page. For the number of current corona infections, number of deaths and various corona-related graphs of Tahiti, please visit Countryaah.

Travel offer
At the moment there are no travel organizations that offer travel to Tahiti. If you want to put together your own trip or are looking for separate travel components such as hotels, airline tickets and a rental car, please visit our travel offer page.

Travel guides and maps
Are you looking for a travel guide, map, walking map, cycling map, book or DVD about Tahiti?

Weather and climate
Tahiti has a tropical climate.
Temperatures are around 25 to 30 degrees all year round. In the months of May to November, heavy short rain showers occur, especially in the mountain areas.
The current weather (weather forecast) and a weather forecast for Tahiti can be found on our extensive weather page.
See health-beauty-guides for Oceania climate.

Best time
May, June, July, August, September and October are the best months to travel to Tahiti. This avoids the rainy season.

Maohi (Tahitian) and French are both official languages ​​in Tahiti. In addition, English is spoken on a smaller scale.

Travel documents
You must have a passport that is valid for at least 3 months upon departure from Tahiti.
A visa is not necessary if you stay in Tahiti for less than 3 months.

Embassies and consulates
Below is an overview of relevant diplomatic representations, including addresses and contact details.
Netherlands Embassy in New Zealand (also for Tahiti):
French Embassy in the Netherlands: ambafrance-nl.org.
French consulates in the Netherlands: ambafrance-nl.org.
For urgent assistance, you can contact the Ministry of Foreign Affairs 24/7 on +31247247247.

Vaccination (inoculation)
Before visiting Tahiti, it is advisable to get one or more vaccinations.
For extensive vaccination advice and to make a vaccination appointment at home, please visit Thuisvaccinatie.nl. You can also see here whether your health insurance reimburses the vaccination(s).

Money and Currency
In Tahiti, payment is made with the CFP franc (XPF).
The current position of this currency (currency, currency) can be found on our exchange rate page (under: French Pacific Islands Franc).
An overview of all ATMs in Tahiti can be found on our ATMs page.

Price level
The prices on Tahiti are a lot higher than in the Netherlands. The price difference with the Netherlands is +39% on average. Some examples are: restaurants (22% more expensive), food (65% more expensive), imported beer in catering (16% cheaper), cigarettes (18% more expensive) and public transport (28% cheaper). Please note that the price difference in tourist areas, especially during high season, may vary.

In Tahiti it is unusual to tip. This can even be perceived as offensive.

Time difference
During our summer time it is 12 hours earlier in Tahiti.
During our winter time it is 11 hours earlier in Tahiti.
Tahiti has no difference between winter time and summer time.
The local time, date and time zone for Tahiti can be found on our time difference page.

Traffic and route
In Tahiti you must drive on the right.
You do not need an international driver’s license to drive and/or rent a motor vehicle in Tahiti.
With the Google route planner you can compile a route description from, to or within Tahiti.

On Tahiti you can use a Dutch flat plug.
A round plug must have a recess for the grounding pin present in the socket. You need a travel plug if your plug does not have such a recess.
More information about electricity in Tahiti can be found on our electricity page (see French Polynesia).

Emergency services
If you need help from the police, fire brigade and/or ambulance in an emergency, you can use the emergency numbers below.
– Police: 17
– Fire: 18
– Ambulance: 15

Tap water
It is not recommended to drink water from the tap.
If you are unable to buy bottled water, use a water purifier to purify the water or boil the water for 5 minutes. After this you can safely use it as drinking water and for things like brushing teeth, cleaning lenses and washing vegetables and / or fruit. More information about drinking water and/or the purchase of water purification products can be found on our drinking water page.

News and newspapers
The latest news related to Tahiti can be found on Google news.
An overview of the newspapers from French Polynesia (Tahiti) can be found on Abyznewslinks.

Websites from Tahiti end in.pf.
Official Tahiti website: tahititourisme.com.

The country code (international access code) to call someone in Tahiti is 00689 or +689.
Do you want to call the Netherlands from Tahiti? Then use the Dutch country code 0031 or +31.
(If using a country code, omit the leading 0 of the number to be called.)
Phone numbers can be found in the Tahiti Telephone Directory.
Company details can be found in the Tahiti Yellow Pages.

Photos and videos
On Flickr you will find a nice collection of photos of Tahiti.
On Youtube you will find a nice collection of videos from Tahiti.

An overview of all holidays in Tahiti can be found on Beleven.org.

Reviews and travel experiences
On Zoover and TripAdvisor you will find reviews from travelers about accommodations (eg hotels and holiday homes), restaurants and destinations in Tahiti, supplemented with photos, videos and places of interest.

Are you looking for a travelogue about Tahiti?
Here you will find travel reports and experiences of travelers who have previously visited Tahiti. It is also possible to keep a free diary of your trip for family and/or friends.

Nature and World Heritage
An overview of the protected nature areas (including national parks, reserves and wildlife parks) on Tahiti can be found on Protected Planet.
Tahiti is not on the UNESCO World Heritage List.

Customs rules
Do you want to know how much you are allowed to import and export when traveling to Tahiti? On the IATA website you will find an overview with the maximum quantities of cigarettes, alcohol, money and perfume, among other things. If you stick to these quantities, you don’t have to declare anything to customs. In addition, on this website you will find the laws and regulations regarding the importation of pets and a list of everything that may not be imported and/or exported from Tahiti.

Relevant legislation
Below you will find relevant laws and regulations that you may encounter during your visit to Tahiti.
– Alcohol: Buying and/or drinking from the age of 18.
– Alcohol and traffic: The maximum permitted alcohol content is 0.5.
– Tobacco: Buying and/or smoking from the age of 18.
– Smoking ban: In public places.
– Homosexuality: Allowed

Did you know that…
…The French painter Paul Gauguin lived in Tahiti for a number of years?
…Many Chinese live in Tahiti?
…The Tahitian alphabet has only 13 letters?
…The English word tattoo comes from Tahiti?
…Tahiti has black beaches?

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