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Tahiti at a Glance

Beautiful Tahiti has a more rugged charm then it's neighboring islands, but for what it lacks in white sand beaches, Tahiti makes up for in adventure, good surfing and vibrant city life. 

The capital of Pape' ete is compact and bustling with both maritime and urban activity. Watch fishing boats deliver their catch of the day to the market. Catch the scents of grilled fish and fresh fruit salads floating on the salty breeze. Spend a night drinking beer in a bar with sticky floors or dine in a crisp French restaurant with the non-traditional addition of rambunctious tropical bouquets. 

Seek out nature after visiting Pape ' ete and plunge yourself into a freshwater spring or let a waterfall pound your scalp. Hiking trails crisscross parts of the island and you can head into the leafy green forests or stick to the sea-coast and salt air. 

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July - August, December - April
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September - November, May - June
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      • Major Airport Fa'a'a International Airport

      Passport / Visa Requirements

      Tourists do not need a visa to visit French Polynesia as long as they have a return ticket and will be staying for less than three months. Travelers must have a passport valid for at least six months after their departure date. For more information, contact a French Consulate's office. American citizens can use the U.S State Department's website to learn more information about travel in French Polynesia. 

      Need to Know

      Severe Weather and Seismic Activities French Polynesia has occasional earthquakes. Pay attention should a tsunami alert be issued. Cyclone season is from November to April. 

      Safety Concerns French Polynesia is a safe place to visit and crime against tourists is uncommon. As with anywhere, avoid leaving your personal belongings unattended and stay out of the way of cranky drunks. Be careful of currents, rip-tides and sneaker waves while on the beach. Ask around to get suggestions on safe beaches. 

      Health Concerns No vaccinations are required for trips to French Polynesia. However, the islands have fierce if non-disease carrying mosquito so insect repellent is suggested.