Tahiti, also known as French Polynesia, is a paradise in the middle of the South Pacific. Created by volcanoes, the 118 islands offer spectacular scenery, each different from the other. Some are low lying coral islands, whilst others tower with rugged mountainous interiors flowing with cool waterfalls. All are fringed by beautiful aqua blue coral reefs offering unbelievable diving and snorkelling.
The unique geology of Tahiti allows for a fantastic variety of diving. Inside the coral reef, the sheltered waters of the lagoons offer easy diving amongst beautiful coral gardens teeming with fish life. Once outside the lagoon the crystal clear waters reveal the larger pelagic fish that cruise these oceans. It is in these waters that you will find huge and graceful manta rays, dolphins, sharks and whales, to name a few. The tidal flow through some of the narrow passes in the lagoon creates amazing drift dives for the more experienced diver. This is the really exciting diving that draws many visitors to Tahiti.
The non diver who visits Tahiti will be captivated by the treasures they have to offer. Discover the mystery and majesty of inland mountains and valleys by 4WD tour, or trek on foot along the untamed coasts to explore old lavatubes, burial caves and hidden grottos. For the active there’s horse riding, golfing, hang gliding and of course a huge range of watersports centred around the pristine lagoons.
Whatever your taste, Tahiti has a little piece of paradise to offer everyone.
Australian passport holders require six months validity beyond your departure from Tahiti. For more information and for holders of other passports, please refer to the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade website for the latest travel advice.
The Central Pacific Franc (XPF) is the unit of currency. One Australian dollar is equal to approximately 85 XPF. Major credit cards are accepted in most hotels, restaurants and shops.
French and Tahitian are the official languages, but English is understood and spoken in the hotels, as well as most shops and restaurants.
220V and uses the European plug type.
GMT-10 (14 hours behind Sydney). Tahiti is across the International Date Line so your flight itinerary may look a little strange.
Light informal clothes all year round. Sweaters are advisable for cooler evenings. Shorts are not recommended for evenings in restaurants.
These islands generally enjoy warm tropical weather with average air temperature about 26°C. November to March tends to be hot and humid, and April to October offers cooler and drier conditions.
None at 1 July 2012
Tipping is not part of the culture in French Polynesia.