Several airlines offer direct flights to Tahiti (PPT) - Faa'a International Airport - with most flights arriving and departing in the early hours of the morning. The high season for travel is between December and February when it can be hard to get a seat. Faa'a Airport is on the north west coast of the main island of Tahiti, 5km west of Papeete. Several flights each week are available direct from Los Angeles, New York, Honolulu, Sydney & Auckland. Airlines that fly to Tahiti from New Zealand are Air Tahiti Nui & Air New Zealand. Airlines that fly direct from the USA are Air France and Air Tahiti. Hawaiian airlines also fly direct between Hawaii and Tahiti. Airlines that fly to Tahiti from Australia include LAN airlines, Air Tahiti & Air New Zealand. Due to the arrival time of most international flights into Tahiti, a lot of visitors find they need a night in Papeete before transferring to one of the outer islands such as Bora Bora or Moorea the next morning.
Flying Times to Tahiti
London: 19 hrs
Madrid: 22 hrs
Los Angeles: 7 hrs, 30 min
New York: 12 hours, 40 min
Santiago: 10 hrs
Honolulu: 5 hrs
Sydney, Australia: 8 hrs
Melbourne, Australia: 15 hrs (indirect)
Brisbane, Australia: 12 hrs (indirect)
Auckland, New Zealand:5 hrs
Wellington, New Zealand: 6 hrs
Japan (Tokyo and Osaka): 11 hrs
Do Luxury Adventures offer tailored vacations & holidays?
Yes we do. We can alter one of the packages from our website to exactly meet your requirements or simply contact us with details of your dream vacation and we'll take care of the rest.
Are luxury Adventures itineraries for couples only?
Almost all Luxury Adventures packages are based on two people, however we can cater for singles, families and small groups. Simply contact us with your requirements.
Do Luxury Adventures offer group packages?
Yes. If you have a family or group we can certainly accommodate you. We also specialise in incentive packages and client entertainment for corporate groups. Whether its a large or small group Luxury Adventures will organise something unique for your group.
How can we contact you while on our vacation?
You'll be able to contact your Luxury Adventures agent 24 hours per day while in Tahiti via phone or email. So if you have any problems or a change of plans you'll never be stranded.
Do you offer personal concierge services & guides to escort me on my vacation, can you organise these?
Absolutely, we can arrange anything from babysitting, restaurant bookings, theatre tickets and hair & beauty appointments through to organising additional activities, groceries delivered to your accommodation or if you have a special occasion, such as a birthday or anniversary during your time in Tahiti we offer a gift buying service. These are just some of the requests we can fulfil.
We also have excellent guides who are professional, knowledgeable and who will show you the best Tahiti has to offer.
Our preferred method of payment is by direct bank transfer (telegraphic transfer). We also accept credit cards (Visa, Mastercard, Diners & AMEX)
Do your packages include International air travel?
Not unless specified. Usually our packages are land only i.e. once you reach Tahiti.
When is the best time to visit Tahiti?
Cooled by gentle ocean breezes, the climate is ideal. Being tropical but moderate, the climate features sunny, pleasant days and an average yearly air and water temperature of 80F. Summer is from November through April, when the climate is slightly warmer and more humid. Winter is from May through October, when the the climate is slightly cooler and dryer.
Where is Tahiti and how long does it take to get there?
The Islands are located south of the equator, in the same time zone as Hawaii, and halfway between California and New Zealand. Papeete's Faa'a Airport (PPT) is under 8 hours by air from Los Angeles (LAX). From North America, nonstop flights depart LAX nearly every day on Air Tahiti Nui, Air France, or Air New Zealand. There is now also a direct flight from New York departing three times per week.
Where are the International airports located in Tahiti?
There is just one international airport in Tahiti which is Papeete.
Due to the timing of international flights into Tahiti, you may find you will need an overnight stopover in Papeete before heading to one of the outer islands such as Bora Bora or Moorea.
How long are the domestic flights in Tahiti?
The longest direct flight in Tahiti is Tahiti to Bora Bora which is only 1hour 20 mins. The flight from Moorea to Bora Bora is only 50 mins and to get from Moorea to Tahiti by air is a mere 10 minutes! Exploring the islands of Tahiti is extremely easy and quick!
Do I need a passport or visa to enter Tahiti?
Every visitor to French Polynesia must have: a valid passport, a return airline ticket to their resident country or to at least two more continuing destinations and sufficient funds to cover their planned stay. For stays of up to one month, there are no visa requirements for citizens of the U.S., Canada, or Mexico. A foreigner with a residence card for the U.S. is not exempt from the above requirements and should consult the French Consulate based in the U.S. for information. Citizens of European Union countries do not need a visa for stays of up to three months; citizens of other countries should consult the French Consulate. As entry requirements are subject to modification without notice, it is advisable to check with your travel arranger before departure. Contact one of the French Consulates in North America for further details and visa information.
It is your responsibility to ensure that you have valid passports, visas and re-entry permits which meet the requirements of immigration and other government authorities. Any fines, penalties, payments or expenditures incurred as a result of such documents not meeting the requirements of those authorities will be your sole responsibility. All travelers must have a valid passport for international travel and many countries require at least 6 months validity from the date of return and some countries require a machine-readable passport. If you need information regarding visa and other travel document requirements for your trip please let us know. You can find more information about entering Tahiti here.
Do I need vaccinations to enter Tahiti?
Hepatitis A vaccine is recommended for all travelers over one year of age. Typhoid vaccine is recommended for all travelers, with the exception of short-term visitors who restrict their meals to major restaurants and hotels, such as business travelers and cruise passengers. Hepatitis B vaccine is recommended for travelers who will have intimate contact with local residents or potentially need blood transfusions or injections while abroad, especially if visiting for more than six months. Visit www.mdtravelhealth.com for more information.
Can I use my mobile or hire one in Tahiti?
Your cell phone service may not work in Tahiti depending on the type of phone you have and your service provider. Visit: www.vini.pf for more information. There are also rental options available.
Do I need an international licence to drive in Tahiti?
Rental cars are available at most Airports for drivers over 21 years of age with a valid driver's license. Major credit cards are usually required for drivers under 25. Because of the small size of many islands, and the uniqueness of many circle island tours, you may find renting a car unnecessary.
I have special dietary requirements; can these be catered for on my vacation?
All of the accommodations we utilze and recommend are able to cater for all dietary needs where necessary.
Do I need to tip in Tahiti?
Tipping in Tahiti is not expected. However, tipping for great service is at your discretion.
What are the taxes in Tahiti?
There is no sales tax in Tahiti. However, a special 6% reduced rate Value Added Tax (VAT) applies to all rented accommodations (hotel rooms, pensions and family stays), and room and meal packages -- both American Plan (3 meals) and Modified American Plan (breakfast and dinner). A 5% VAT is added for room tax. A 16% VAT rate applies to purchases in shops, stores and boutiques. A 10% VAT rate applies to bars, excursions, car rentals, snacks and restaurants involving meals not included in a room-meal package.
Are there any poisonous animals in Tahiti?
There are no poisonous land animals in Tahiti.
What clothes should I take?
The climate and lifestyle on the islands call for casual and comfortable clothing. Pack loose-fitting, natural fabrics. Pareus and swimsuits can be worn during the daytime at the resorts, while casual shirts and walking shorts provide the most comfort during island explorations.