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Where is Tahiti and how do I get there from Australia?

The Islands of Tahiti are located in the Pacific Ocean 7800km from Australia, about halfway between Sydney and Los Angeles. From Australia, flights to Tahiti fly via Auckland and the total flying time is about 8hours and 30mins.

What is the time difference?

You cross the International Date Line when travelling from Australia to Tahiti. Tahiti is 20 hours behind Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) in winter and 21 hours behind Australian Eastern Daylight Time (AEDT) in summer. A simple way to remember this is that in winter Tahiti is 4 hours ahead of us… but yesterday!  So if it is 11:00am on a Wednesday in Australia (AEST) then it is 3:00pm on a Tuesday in Tahiti! Simple right?!

Do I need a visa to go there?

Australian passport holders do not currently require a visa for a stay as a tourist of up to three months, but must hold a passport with six months validity beyond the date of departure from Tahiti.

Is English Spoken?

French and Tahitian are the official languages, but English is spoken and understood in tourist areas. It is a great opportunity for you to dust off those French phrases you learnt at school and learning a few simple words in Tahitian is always appreciated!

What is the local currency?

The local currency is the French Pacific Franc (XPF) which has a fixed exchange rate with the Euro. Tahiti is NOT a US dollar destination.

Is there a Duty Free Store at the airport?

Yes there is a Duty Free store located in both the arrival and departure areas at Tahiti’s International airport, Faa’a.

What are my Duty Free limitations for alcohol & cigarettes for entry to Tahiti?

Cigarettes: 200 units or 50 units of cigars

Alcohol: 2 litres of wine per person and 2 litres of spirits

Must be over 18yrs of age.

This information is correct as at 31 Dec 2014 but please check with the relevant Customs authorities for up to date information at http://www.polynesie-francaise.pref.gouv.fr/Douanes/Section-Particuliers/A-Franchises

 Can I store my luggage at the airport?

Yes there is currently a luggage storage unit at Tahiti’s International Airport Faa’a. Contact Ph: 0011 689 866008 for opening hours and prices.

When is the best time to visit?

The simple answer is ANYTIME!

The Islands of Tahiti enjoy an even climate year-round with daytime temperatures around 28-30°C, dropping slightly in the evening. The weather is warmer and more humid from November through to May and drier and cooler from June until October.

Is Tahiti only for Honeymooners?

No! Whilst The Islands of Tahiti are synonymous with romance they also are an ideal destination for all types of travellers. Single travellers will make new friends & enjoy great conversation at local pensions where evening meals are shared and the day’s tales retold; families with younger children will enjoy the safe and pristine waters of the shallow lagoons and older children will be entertained by the vast range of water sports and land activities on offer. Young or old, single or couples, friends looking for adventure or wanting to chill out and be pampered … for every type of traveller there is an island to suit!

 Is there much to do in The Islands of Tahiti?

Yes, yes, yes! There is an almost limitless range of activities on offer in The Islands of Tahiti. From hiking and horse riding, to kite surfing and shark & ray feeding, from golf to hikes to picnics to snorkelling the list goes on and on! Check-out our Activities section to wet your appetite! (link to Activities)

Is there any night-life?

Whilst there are some bars and night clubs in Papeete open late, you won’t find a thriving city at night! Most hotels will offer a late night bar service and occasional live music or dancing. There are a range of restaurants in Tahiti, Moorea and Bora Bora – refer to our Islands section. (link to islands section)

What is the voltage used in Tahiti?

Hotels typically use 220 volts. You will require a European two pronged plug  (the same as France).

What is the international dialling code for The Islands of Tahiti?

 When calling from Australia to Tahiti, dial 00 11 and then the country code of 689 along with the local number you want to call.  Some Australian mobile phones may not work in Tahiti so please check with your phone provider before you leave. 

Do I need to tip for service?

No, tipping is not customary in The Islands of Tahiti but of course you are welcome to tip if you prefer.

 Is there shopping available?

In the main city of Papeete shops usually open early about 8am and close between 4:30pm – 5:30pm. Saturday afternoons and Sundays will see most shops closed. Smaller grocery stores scattered throughout the islands may be open until midday on the weekends but it is best to check with your hotel or pension. Most larger hotels will have a shop that sells souvenirs and smaller snack items such as chocolate & drinks and these tend to be open daily. There is one small supermarket on the west coast of Tahiti, about 20 mins from Papeete centre, that is open 24hrs a day 7 days a week if needed.

Is haggling accepted when I shop?

No, bargaining and haggling over prices in markets and stores is not customary in Tahiti and it is expected you pay the marked price.

What are some essentials I should pack?

Tahiti enjoys a warm climate all year round so pack lightly! It is a good idea to pack a light jacket for evenings in July & August. Don’t forget to pack sunscreen, hats, sunglasses, reef shoes if you like to snorkel, insect repellent and of course your camera! If you will be doing any water activities it is a good idea to have a waterproof bag on the boat or near the lagoon to protect your camera and clothes form the sea & salt!

Do I need any vaccinations to travel to Tahiti?

No immunisations nor certifications are required for entry to Tahiti from Australia, however if you have been in an infected area of the world, as defined by the World Health Organisation, then you may be required to provide a certificate of immunisation against Cholera, Yellow Fever & the Plague. In all circumstances we recommend you consult your Health Professional in Australia for advice prior to travelling to Tahiti.

It is important to note that there are occurrences of mosquito borne viruses such as Zika Fever or Dengue Fever in some areas of The Islands of Tahiti. It is recommended you take precautions against mosquito bites.

Can I drink the tap water in Tahiti?

Yes tap water is drinkable in the larger hotels on the more developed islands of Tahiti, Moorea and Bora Bora however you should reconfirm when you check-in. Bottled water is readily available throughout all the islands in supermarkets, smaller stores, restaurants and hotels.

What are the medical facilities like?

The island of Tahiti has excellent medical services, has many pharmacies with some open late and has a large, modern government hospital. There is a smaller hospital on the islands of Moorea and Raiatea only. We recommend your travel insurance policy include Repatriation – please refer to our Travel Insurance section. (link to Travel Insurance section)


Don’t hesitate to contact us on 1300 858 305 or email us at info@tahititravel.com.au should you have any other questions!

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