EXPERIENCES AND ADVENTURES
With so many options, you can do as much or as little as you like. The Islands of Tahiti, officially known as French Polynesia, possesses one of the most spectacularly beautiful and diverse environments on earth. A mixture of high volcanic islands and low-lying atolls, French Polynesia’s world of oceanic islands offers vacationers an almost limitless range of vacation activities, both passive and active.
Here, you’ll find it all. From paragliding to beach combing to embracing the laid-back island lifestyle, The Islands of Tahiti are packed with a mix of tropical adventure and blissful relaxation. Stay in overwater bungalows to experience true island living while you’re here. Go snorkeling or get up close and personal with the local wildlife. If you’re feeling even more daring, take a trip to swim with the sharks! Shop for cultured pearls, take a cruise, play a few rounds of golf, enjoy a motu picnic with the family – there’s so much to do in Tahiti that you’ll never want to leave
Tahiti. The very name evokes visions of an island paradise, exotic days, romantic nights and South Sea adventure. This is exactly what you will find there.
At Polynesian latitudes, it is summer all year round! However, you can distinguish two main “seasons”, dry and rainy. The first lasts from March to November and has temperatures of between
71°F and 80°F/21°C and 27°C; the second, from December to late February, is a little warmer (between 77°F and 95°F/25°C and 35°C ), but also subject to tropical showers, which are like hot showers which rarely last longer than 30 minutes.
The temperature may appear high, but the trade winds from the Pacific blow all the time and refresh the air of the islands beautifully.
Being much further from the Equator, the archipelagos furthest to the south, the Austral and Gambier Islands, have cooler temperatures than the Society and Marquesas Islands. As for the Tuamotu Islands , it enjoys record-breaking sunshine, reaching nearly 3,000 hours of sun per year.
The vegetation is particularly luxuriant during the rainy season, or season of plenty, between the months of November and March. This is also the best time for those who love to sample new tastes as all the tropical fruit are ripe.
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THE ISLANDS OF TAHITI
The currency used in French Polynesia is the French Pacific Franc, abbreviated XPF or CFP. Denominations are available in 1/2/5/10/20/50 and 100 coins, and 500/1,000/5,000 and 10,000 bills. The exchange rate with the Euro is a fixed flat rate (1 Euro (€) = 119.33 Pacific Franc), but it fluctuates against the U.S. dollar (USD).
Tipping is not customary in French Polynesia and is therefore not expected. If you choose to tip for exemplary service, the gesture is always welcomed and appreciated.
French is the official language in Tahiti but the locals also speak Tahitian. English is widely spoken and understood in most hotels, restaurants and shops. Still, learning a little Tahitian is always encouraged and appreciated. Below are some commonly used words and phrases. There are only thirteen letters in the Tahitian alphabet, including vowels a (ah) as in spa, e (ay) as in hey, i (ee) as in ski, o (oh) as in low, and u (oo) as in due; and consonants f, h, m, n, p, r, t and v, which are pronounced the same in English.
FAQS AND TIPS
Some hotels offer either 110 or 220 volts (alternating current) but we strongly recommend the use of an adaptor for any equipment you bring, including computers.
You can drink the tap water in Papeete and throughout the island of Bora Bora. In the other islands, ask if you can drink it or not. If in doubt, use mineral water from sealed bottles.
The sun can get intense during the day, so remember to wear sunscreen and stay hydrated. There are no snakes or poisonous spiders in Tahiti, only mosquitoes and the small sand fly known as the no-no. Bring bug repellent and carry it with you when hiking through dense vegetation. There is really nothing to fear in the lagoon. If you plan to walk or swim near coral, wear reef shoes to avoid injury. This will also protect your feet if you happen to step on the rarely encountered stonefish.
Tahitians today have inherited a rich, expressive culture from their ma’ohi ancestors. From the ma’ohi, came the pulse of Tahitian life, a world where the lives of gods, warriors and men crossed in colorful legends. It’s a place where the music and dance and art rose from the wonder of everyday island life. It’s also where javelin throwing began as the sport of the gods, kings favored surf riding and men competed in canoe races and stone lifting as a show of pure strength.