Covering over two million square miles of the South Pacific Ocean, French Polynesia is composed of 118 islands and atolls situated south of the equator and spread over five great archipelagos.
- The three archipelagos most visited:
- the Society Islands, with Tahiti, Moorea, Bora Bora, Huahine, Raiatea and Taha’a;
- The Tuamotu Atolls with the gorgeous atolls of Rangiroa, Manihi, Tikehau, and Fakarava;
- the Marquesas islands, with Hiva Oa known as the final resting place of poet Jacques Brel and artist Paul Gauguin
- Then the Austral Islands and the Gambier Islands: Hundreds of miles to the south of Tahiti, the main asset of these remote islands is their pristine enchanting environment.
With Papeete, the capital city, Tahiti is the largest island of French Polynesia where the majority of the population resides.
French Polynesia enjoys warm, tropical weather year-round. Cooled by the gentle breezes of the Pacific, the climate of these islands is sunny and pleasant. The average ocean temperature is in the low 80’s.
Roughly speaking, there are two Tahiti weather seasons:
- From November through April: the climate is warmer and more humid, with daily high temperatures of about 85 F and lows of 70F at night.
- From May through October: the climate is cooler and drier with daily high temperatures of about 82F and lows of 70F at night.
The climate is perfect for comfortable summer clothing all day and evening long.
Tahiti is situated in the same time zone as Hawaii (GMT-10):
|Location||April – Oct.||Nov – March|
|California, US||+3 hours||+2 hours|
|Auckland, New Zealand||+ 22 hours||+ 23 hours|
|Sydney, Australia||+3 hours||+ 2 hours|
|Rio de Janeiro, Brazil||+ 7 hours||+7 hours|
|Paris, France||+ 12 hours||+11 hours|
Tahiti is also on the same side of the International dateline as North America.
The International Dialling Code for French Polynesia is + 689.
The official currency is the French Pacific Franc (CFP). Its abbreviation is XPF or CFP.
It is pegged with the euro. Its exchange rate with the Euro is a fixed flat rate (no fluctuation).
1 Euro (€) = 119.33 Pacific Franc (XPF)
To check today‘s rate for other currency conversions, click here
US dollars and euros are accepted in French Polynesia, although at a less favourable exchange rate than at banks.
On the primary tourist islands, MasterCard and Visa are commonly accepted in most all hotels, restaurants, and boutiques while American Express is accepted only in some.
Useful links to the 3 banks in Tahiti :
– Banque Socredo: link
– Banque de Polynésie – Société générale: link
– Banque de Tahiti : link
Visa & immigration
All travellers to French Polynesia will need:
- A valid passport,
- A return ticket to their resident country &
- Sufficient funds to cover they planned stay.
DO I NEED A VISA?
Citizens of the European Union and the following countries are exempted from a visa for a stay under 3 months in French Polynesia:
|Europe||Asia||South America||North America||Oceania|
|Great Britain||Hong Kong||Brazil||Hawaii||Cook Islands|
|Rapa Nui||New Zealand|
All other countries are subject to obtaining a visa from the embassy of France or the French consulate in their place of residence. This visa must bear the mandatory mention:
“valid for French Polynesia”.
For further information: http://www.diplomatie.gouv.fr/en/coming-to-france/getting-a-visa/
Out of our 38 potential participating countries, only 7 will need to apply for a visa.
|Europe||Asia||South America||North America||Oceania||Africa|
All goods entering French Polynesia must be declared and the corresponding tax duties must be paid to the
customs office at the airport. Upon arrival and departure from French Polynesia, some categories of
goods are subject to special regulations.
Link to this list : http://www.tahiti-aeroport.pf
We strongly recommend when booking your ticket, to purchase a comprehensive travel insurance policy of your choice. Your travel-insurance policy should cover theft, loss and medical problems.
As a reminder, no team will be allowed to enter any competition without providing a proof of travel insurance.
In case of emergency, call:
|Hospital Emergency Services||15|
|SOS Doctors||40 42 34 56|
|SOS Ambulance||40 53 49 49|
|SOS Nurses||40 43 56 00|