Nationals of many countries do not require a visa to visit French Polynesia for a period..Travel Health
There are occasional outbreaks of the mosquito-borne disease dengue fever in French..Local Currency
The currency is the franc cours pacifique (CFP) or simply the 'franc'. The note..Weather
French Polynesia has a typical climate for a tropical, oceanic island. Temperatures and..Local Customs
When arriving in French Polynesia you may be welcomed with a traditional garland made of..Languages
French and Tahitian are the official languages, but English is spoken and understood in..Transport Options
The major international airport is Faaa Airport in Papeete, on Tahiti. Getting between..Local Food
For a true island cuisine experience try a feast called a tamaaraa when food is cooked in..Local Timezones
French Polynesia is 10 hours behind Greenwich Mean Time (GMT-10) except for the Gambier..Dutyfree Limits
The following is a basic guide to what travelers may bring into French Polynesia without..
The Society Islands Archipelago (composed of the Windward Islands and the Leeward Islands) is a group of high, tropical..Tuamotu-Gambier Islands Information
The largest of the Polynesian archipelagos includes 76 islands and atolls extending over more than 20,000 square kms...Marquesas Islands Information
The Marquesas archipelago, with its powerful landscapes, its cliffs and sharp peaks and its deep valleys, imposes its..Austral Islands Information
Hundreds of miles to the south of Tahiti lie the Austral islands, a chain of five high islands located on the Tropic of..INDEX OF ALL states AND LOCATIONS
There are occasional outbreaks of the mosquito-borne disease dengue fever in French Polynesia. It is strongly recommended you take precautions against being bitten by mosquitoes - for example, use an insect repellent.
No shots or certifications are required to enter the region but vaccinations are recommended for hepatitis A, hepatitis B and typhoid fever. Regardless of your nationality however, entry from an infected area of the world as defined by the World Health Organization requires certifications.
Rescue and emergency services are of a high standard although distances between the capital, Papeete, and the outer islands could delay the response to an emergency. There is only one decompression facility in French Polynesia, in Papeete. Many popular dive sites are located on other islands and it may take some time to reach the decompression facility in the event of an accident. Most registered dive companies require participants to have insurance cover for diving.
Tap water in Papeete is safe to drink. It is recommended, however, that you boil all drinking water or drink only bottled water in rural areas.
French Polynesia is not a particularly dangerous destination but that doesn't mean that your camera or wallet won't disappear if you leave them unattended. However, even busy Papeete is relatively safe compared with cities in the USA and Europe. Don't leave anything of value in a rental car.
Emergency numbers are: for police: 17; for fire: 18; and for ambulance: 15
We strongly advise that all Australian travellers check the latest travel advice on the Australian Government Smart Traveller site.
270 kilometres northwest of Tahiti, Bora Bora the pearl of the Pacific undoubtedly has the world's most beautiful..Tahiti Information
Tahiti is the beating heart of French Polynesia. It is both the gate to the country with Tahiti Faa'a airport and the..Rangiroa Information
Slightly over an hour away from Tahiti on flights that run daily, Rangiroa is a gigantic atoll,the largest in..Tahaa Information
Just a few minutes away from Raiatea's airport by shuttle boat,Tahaa “The vanilla island”has retained the..Fakarava Information
450 kilometres from Papeete, Fakarava is the second largest atoll of Polynesia. Like her big sister Rangiroa,this..Rurutu Information
Protected from the ocean's fury by a small coral reef, Rurutu the “gushing rock” in the Polynesian language is the..Tikehau Information
300 kilometres northeast of Tahiti and a few kilometres from Rangiroa,Tikehau,with its nearly perfect circular blue..Raiatea Information
40 minutes on a direct flight from Tahiti- Faa’a,Raiatea was the first island settled by Polynesians and the starting..INDEX OF ALL LOCATIONS