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This mountainous island provides opportunities for spectacular adventure among its scenic valleys, grottoes and waterfalls. Visit ancient archaeological sites and the Gauguin Museum, take a 4 x 4 safari or a dramatic helicopter tour, go deep-sea fishing or shark feeding, or enjoy the exciting shopping, dining and nightlife of bustling Papeete.

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Overview

The largest of the Society Islands, Tahiti is a mixture of Polynesian, French, and Chinese cultures. The island, made up of the main island Tahiti Nui and the peninsula, Tahiti Iti, is also the most developed of the South Sea destinations. Long before the cruise liners weaved through the distant reef, others sought out these exotic beaches: Captain James Cook on Endeavour, William Bligh on Bounty, and many of the great Polynesian voyagers. Romantics also entered the harbor. Moby Dick author Herman Melville and artist Paul Gauguin, among many, were greeted with the soaring sight of magnificent Tahiti, towering over the town of Papeete. The town itself is a relatively recent invention, founded in 1818 by whalers (the indigenous Polynesians were based farther up the coast at the beautiful Matavai Bay). Papeete is still very much a provincial French town, albeit one with a distinctly Pacific flavor.

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Before You Go

Airport Check-In: It is recommended that you reconfirm your flight information and check in for your flights at the airline’s website 24 hours prior to your scheduled departure. Please bring all your final documents with you. It is important to arrive at the airport at least 90 minutes prior to departure for all domestic flights, and two to three hours prior to departure for international flights. For domestic flights within Tahiti, you are required to check in one hour prior to departure.

Required Documents: U.S. citizens must travel with a valid passport and a ticket for return or onward travel. There may be additional requirements for international travel, such as inoculations or visas, and some countries require that passports be valid for six months or longer beyond your stay in the country. Entry requirements for non-U.S. citizens might be different, and visitors are encouraged to verify the documentation/visa requirements with the nearest consulate or embassy. Rules are subject to change at any time, without notice. For the most current information, please visit the website of the U.S. Department of State at www.travel.state.gov.

Newlywed Information: Tickets and other travel documents must exactly match your current passport and other identification. If not, you could be denied boarding and no refund will be forthcoming. For requirements and information regarding marriages performed in a foreign country, please visit the consulate of the particular country.

Honeymoon Packages: Some hotels require a marriage certificate or license in order for you to receive the honeymoon package. Please bring this information with you if you are traveling on a honeymoon package.

Luggage: Baggage allowances and fees vary by airline. For airline baggage fees and policies please visit https://www.costcotravel.com/Info/Airline-Baggage. If baggage fees do apply, this cost will be additional and must be paid directly to the airline. At Faa'a International Airport, there is a luggage storage facility. Depending on the size of the bag, storage rates range from CPF 400 to CPF 800 (approximately $3.25 to $6.70) for 24 hours.

Airport Departure Tax: There is no departure tax to pay when leaving Tahiti.

Duty Free/Customs: When returning to the U.S., the duty-free allowance may vary by country. Please visit http://www.cbp.gov/travel/us-citizens for information regarding U.S. Customs and more.

Travel Health Information: For the most current worldwide health information, consult your family physician or the official website for the Center for Disease Control at www.cdc.gov/travel or by phone at 1-800-232-4636. You’ll find information on recent outbreaks, required vaccinations, insect protection, illness and injury abroad, and more.

General Safety Tips: By taking a few simple security precautions before and during your vacation you can help ensure that you, your traveling companions, and your valuables are as safe and secure as possible.
  • To make it easier to replace your passport if it’s lost or stolen, in addition to your passport, take a photocopy of your passport information page (keeping it separate from your actual passport).
  • Carry only a limited amount of cash, just enough for gratuities and incidental purchases. Major credit cards are widely accepted and can be replaced if lost or stolen.
  • Always lock your hotel room door (including patio and balcony door on any level of the building) and use the peephole before opening the door.
  • Store your valuables (such as cash, credit cards and airline tickets) in the hotel’s in-room safe or front desk safety deposit box.
  • If you must carry valuables on your person, do so in a pouch or money belt concealed under your clothing. Purses and backpacks can be easy targets for thieves.
  • For complete and current safety and security information, including travelers’ tips, public announcements, travel advisories, and more, please visit the website of the U.S. Department of State at www.travel.state.gov.

Climate:
Average Fahrenheit Temperature:
May through September: 83° to 85°
October through April: 84° to 87°

Tropical Storm Season from November to May

Water Safety: Tap water is safe to drink.

Local Currency: French Pacific Francs

Currency Information: For exchange and cash advances in CFP, banks can be found at Faa’a International Airport, in downtown Papeete and throughout the islands. Hotels also will exchange U.S. dollars for CFP. On the primary tourist islands, major credit cards are accepted in most hotels, restaurants and boutiques.

ATM Availability: ATMs are becoming common throughout the islands, and are available at Faa’a International Airport and major banks. However, foreign cards may not be recognized.

Electricity: The voltage is 110 or 220 volts (60AC) depending on the islands and the type of accommodation. A universal adapter/converter is recommended.

Time Zone: Tahiti - French Polynesia Standard Time

Telephone Information: Direct dialing for local and international telephone calls is available from most hotels and from most public phone booths. Most hotels charge a fee for making phone calls. Please check prior to making any calls.

Local Language: French | Tahitian

Do Not Forget: Visitors are reminded to bring sunscreen, a hat, sunglasses, reef walking shoes, swimwear, insect repellent and after-bite medicine, personal prescriptions, a camera, film/memory card, an extra camera battery and a disposable underwater camera. During the rainy season, lightweight rainwear is advised.

Planner

The wet season in French Polynesia is November to April—three quarters of the annual rainfall (70 inches at Papeete) falls during this period. This is considered the off-season and holidaymakers can expect temperatures of 80 to 86º F. Expect heavy humidity, but there is always the possibility of a cooling breeze.

The locals take any chance to celebrate and will gladly bring tourists into the fold, which will most certainly include a plethora of feasting, singing, drumming, and dancing. After Christmas, New Year's, and Easter, the next big holiday is Bastille Day on July 14th—this is a French protectorate, after all. Festival Tahiti, a celebration of island culture, runs from late June to late July.

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Top Experiences

  • Climb Every Mountain : Climbing is popular in Tahiti, with the favorite summit being 6,778-foot Aorai. It is at the end of a rugged road and, despite being in the South Seas, cold at the higher elevations.

  • Take a Hike : Tahiti has a rugged interior, which is also very wet. The territory's only national park, Parc naturel Te Faaiti, is on the slopes of Mount Orohena. There are daily hiking tours from Papeete.

  • Surf's Up : Surfing is a major sport in French Polynesia, with Tahiti Nui's west coast generally the preferred location.

  • Hit the Links : Tahiti has several golf courses. One of the better ones is the International Golf Course Olivier Breaud, which attracts professional players.

  • Shop for Pearls : Throughout the world, the black pearl symbolizes Tahiti. Many Tahitians wear them almost casually, although the best of the pearls are pricey luxury items.

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Activities

Make the most of your vacation by including an activity when you book your package. Please note, activities and tour credits are only available with a vacation package.

Four-Wheel Drive Safari Tour

The duration of the tour is approximately four hours. Refreshments are included.

Additional Information

Tour Details

Tour Duration: 4 hours

Days of Operation:
  • Daily
Departs Between
  • 9:00   a.m. and 9:30   a.m.
  • 1:30   p.m. and 2:00   p.m.
Pick-Up Point(s)
  • Hotel reception
Type of Vehicle(s)
  • 4 X 4 wheel drive
Suggested to Bring
  • Bottle of water, mosquito repellent and camera
Cancellation Policy
  • 100% non-refundable for no-shows or for cancellations within 48 hours
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Transfers

Region: Papeete
Transfer Company: Marama Tours
Telephone: 689-50-74-74

Address:
BP 6266
98702 Faa'a Center
Papeete, Tahiti
French Polynesia, 98702
Emergency Telephone: 50-74-74 (24 hours)
Instructions: Upon arrival at the airport, claim your luggage and proceed through customs and immigration. A Marama Tours representative wearing an orange Polynesian Tapa-design uniform will greet you outside the airport.

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