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Why you'll love your ​​​​Tahiti holiday.

There are 118 islands and atolls that make up Tahiti, spreading over 2 million square miles of the South Pacific Ocean and traversing five archipelagos, according to Tahiti Tourisme. Literally spoilt for choice, how do you know which island you should call home during your holiday?

Here is a guide to some of the main islands, so you can match up your ​holiday needs to what's on offer there. Of course, there is always the option to island-hop your way through them all for the ultimate vacay vibes!

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Tahiti Image Gallery - click to view

  • Phil Wilson in Le Meridien Tahiti
  • Phil Wilson - Swimming with this Manta ray in Bora Bora
  • Phil Wilson - Sunset on flight home from Tahiti
  • Phil Wilson - Sofitel Moorea Ia Ora Beach Resort
  • Phil Wilson - Overwater bungalows in Tahiti
  • Phil Wilson - My kind of crystal ball
  • Phil Wilson - Maroto Valley
  • Phil Wilson - Magic Mountain, Moorea
  • Phil Wilson - Bora Bora Pearl Beach Resort & Spa
  • Phil Wilson - Le Meridien Tahiti
  • Phil Wilson - ATVs, Volcanos and Epic Views in Moorea
  • Phil Wilson - Champagne after takeoff on Air TahitiNui
  • Phil Wilson - Facing fears in the deep blue sea, Bora Bora
  • Phil Wilson - Landing in Bora Bora

Know before you go

Travel Tips for Tahiti

French Polynesia is also known as The Islands of Tahiti. There are 118 islands comprising French Polynesia, of which Tahiti is the main island and the location of the capital city of Papeete.

Faa’a International Airport is located on the island of Tahiti approximately 5 kilometres west of Papeete. Air Tahiti Nui is the international airline to The Islands of Tahiti. It offers direct flights between Auckland and Papeete. Air New Zealand also offers direct flights from Auckland to Papeete. International flights arrive on the island of Tahiti. Due to crossing the International Dateline, most flights from Auckland arrive the day before they depart.

Holiday packages in French Polynesia will usually require one night in Papeete before travelling to another island the following morning. Most passengers returning to New Zealand will require one night in Papeete prior to departure, as flights leave early in the morning.

Air Tahiti is a private, domestic airline which links all five archipelagos. Travel between some islands, such as Tahiti to Moorea, can be made by high-speed catamaran. We recommend booking the same hotel chain throughout your visit, as ‘Island Combo’ specials are available. We also recommend booking transfers throughout your visit as many resorts are located on islets within the lagoon, only accessible by boat. 

Passports & Visas

New Zealand 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 French Polynesia. If you are a non-New Zealand passport holder please check your visa requirements with the appropriate Embassy or Consular office.


The local currency is the French Pacific Franc (XPF). There are plenty of ATMs and banks in Tahiti however access can be difficult in the outer islands. Major credit cards are accepted in most hotels, restaurants, boutiques and other tourist establishments. We do recommend you carry some local currency for smaller purchases. Note: NZD$1 = 75 XPF approximately.

Pricing & Seasonality

For all hotels on The Islands of Tahiti a compulsory local tax of approximately 150XPF per person per night must be paid directly to the hotels. While seasons may vary for each resort, generally speaking, the following seasons apply:
High Season: 1 May - 31 October & 19 December - 10 January
Low Season: Rest of the year Seasonal surcharges, supplements, compulsory meals and/or transfers may apply during high season or at particular properties.


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. Year round, the sun rises between 5 and 6am and sets between 5.30 and 7pm. There is very little difference between high and low tide in Tahiti.

Map of ​​​Tahiti

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