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The island of Tahiti, Queen of the Pacific, towering over the ocean like a proud and royal Queen, is crowned by a circle of majestic peaks. The mountainous interior shelters deep valleys, clear streams, and high waterfalls, all bathed in the green iridescence of Mother Nature's light. The flat coastal lands, edged with a rugged coastline, are home to fields of tropical flowers and most of the island's population. Papeete, the invigorating capital city and gateway of the territory, boasts world-class resorts, spas, fine restaurants, nightclubs, and endless shopping at the vibrant markets, pearl shops, and boutiques.
PPT - The Tahiti Faa'a Airport on the island of Tahiti is the one and only international airport servicing French Polynesia. It's the starting point from which all Island vacations in Tahiti Polynesia begin.
Getting to Tahiti
Six international airlines serve Tahiti and others have code share arrangements with the following carriers.
From the USA: you have the choice of 4 airlines: Air Tahiti Nui, Air France and Air New Zealand all three flying direct from Los Angeles. in addition Hawaiian Air flyes from Honolulu.
From Other international destinations:
Air Tahiti Nui and Air France from Paris and Air New Zealand from London, all three via Los Angeles.
Air Tahiti Nui also flies from Tokyo and Osaka in Japan and Auckland, New Zealand and now flys from New York and Sydney, Australia non-stop since mid-2005.
Air Calin from Nouméa; Lan Chile from Santiago via Easter Island
FLIGHT TIMES-Hours & Minutes
Papeete - Los Angeles 8.10 Los Angeles - Papeete 8.35
Paris - Los Angeles 12.20 Los Angeles - Paris 10.50
Papeete - Tokyo 12.55 Tokyo - Papeete 11.10
Papeete - Auckland 5.50 Auckland - Papeete 5.05
New York - Papeete 12.40 Papeete - New York 12.00
Sydney - Papeete 7.00 Papeete - Sydney 9.0
The international and domestic airport of Tahiti is just over a mile (2 km) down the road. If your agent has not already arranged a transfer, you may take a taxi (meter charge of around $15 by day and $25 by night). Local regulations prevent the hotel from operating its own shuttle.
Travel in Tahiti
There's a local public bus ("le truck") that stops at the resort's entrance for services to and from downtown and the port of Papeete.
Papeete, Tahiti - Entry Requirements
Every visitor to French Polynesia must have a return airline ticket to their resident country or to at least two more continuing destinations, sufficient funds to support themselves while in French Polynesia, in addition to the following:
- For U.S. and Canadian Citizens:
A passport is required that is valid for six months beyond the date of departure from French Polynesia. No visa is required for stays of up to one month. A foreigner with a residence card for the U.S. is not exempt from the above requirements and should consult the French Consulate for information.
- For French Citizens:
A National Identity Card is required and it is advised to carry a passport that is valid for six months beyond the date of departure from French Polynesia. No visa is required for stays of up to three months.
- New Zealand and Australian Citizens:
A passport is required that is valid for three months beyond the date of departure from French Polynesia. No visa is required for stays of up to one month for New Zealand citizens and for up to three months for Australian citizens except for paid activities in French Polynesia.
- Japanese Citizens:
A passport is required that is valid for six months beyond the date of departure from French Polynesia. No visa is required for stays of up to one month.
For more information please check www.France-Consulat.org.
In May, the average high temperature is 86 F and the average low is 72 F.