French Polynesia is a beautiful country made up of 118 islands and is a wonderful destination for romance, families, adventure and relaxation. The best-known islands are Tahiti, Bora Bora, and Moorea - all of which are frequently visited by tourists from all over the world. No matter where you are coming from it's important to arrive prepared - here are the top things we feel you should know before you arrive.
The currency in Tahiti is the French Pacific Franc (CFP), however in most resorts and tourist areas the US dollar and Euro is also widely accepted. The value of the CFP fluctuates against the US dollar and as of today 1 CFP equals .0099 US Dollar.
In French Polynesia the official languages are Tahitian and French, however, English is spoken in all resorts as well as on the majority of the larger islands in their restaurants and shops.
A few key words to know before you go are:
Hello said la Ora na in Tahitian and pronounced yo-rah-nah
Goodbye said Nana in Tahitian and pronounced nah-nah
Yes said E in Tahitian and pronounced ay
No said Aita in Tahitian and pronounced eye-tah
3. Baggage Allowance
When traveling to French Polynesia you will want to pack strategically as baggage allowance does have some weight and size restrictions that you many not be used to, especially if you are coming from domestic USA travel.
For your carry on baggage you can take with you free of charge the following:
- Maximum dimensions: 45 x 35 x 20 cm (17 x 13 x 7 in)
- Maximum weight: 5 kg (11 lb)
For your checked baggage you can take the following:
- Up to 3 pieces per person
- Baggage dimensions:150 cm (59 in)
- Baggage weight: 23kg (50 lb) per person for all pieces
When traveling to foreign countries it's important that you stay healthy and safe. In regards to French Polynesia you will want to make sure you are up to date on your routine vaccinations which include Measles-Mumps-Rubella (MMR), diphtheria-tatanus-pertussis, chickenpox, polio an your annual flu shot.
You can also take an extra step and get the Hepatitis A vaccine as well as the Typhoid vaccine as you can contract both through contaminated food or water in French Polynesia.
Many people ask us what the best time of year is to travel to French Polynesia; and the answer is...anytime! Since the Islands of French Polynesia are so close to the equator the average temperature sits at a wonderful 80 degrees Fahrenheit.
With these tips you are sure to have a well-prepared trip to the Islands of French Polynesia from your flight, to your on island experiences and everything in between.