Visiting Tahiti

A Tribute to French Polynesia

If you decide to make Tahiti your travel destination you will experience some unforgettable happy memories for life. It is simply the most exotic and romantic paradise you can find on earth.

Many followers of my travel and aviation blog have emailed me to request travel tips and guidance for Tahiti. 

French Polynesia is high on the wish list for many. Imagine, going to this South Pacific paradise is considered your ultimate destination.

After flying in and out of Tahiti for years I felt I owed French Polynesia a tribute. Tahiti has always been very good to me. 

We designed this page for you to give you a visual sightseeing tour of some of the islands. You will also find links to free travel guides for French Polynesia.

Of course, should you have any questions or if you need my personal advice on how to visit Tahiti, please send me a note here

Les, Captain Jetson.

French Polynesia map
Photo Credit: flickr.com

Tahiti Facts

  • Tahiti consist of 118 islands, located in French Polynesia, in the South Pacific.
  • The main island’s name is Tahiti, where Papeete City, the capital of French Polynesia is located.
  • Groups of islands in the Tahiti chain are called archipelagos. Each archipelago has its own name.
  • The air distance between Papeete and Bora Bora is 172 miles.
  • Tahiti Island, Bora Bora Island, and Moorea Island are the islands most popular among tourists.
  • Bora Bora is considered the ultimate honeymoon spot for newlyweds.
  • French is the main language spoken.
  • French Polynesia is an overseas French territory.
  • The total population of French Polynesia is 287,179 people, with 134,000 living in Papeete City.
Tahitian woman

The Tahitian Dry Season versus the Rainy Season

  • In Tahiti you only experience two noticeable seasons: winter and summer.
  • There is really no noticeable fall and spring weather, as we notice in many other parts of the world.
  • Temperature-wise Tahiti has a mild and pleasant temperature year-round.
  • The high temperature average is around 85.1 degrees Fahrenheit, or 29.5 degrees Celsius.
  • The low temperature average is around 71.5 degrees Fahrenheit, or 21.9 degrees Celsius.

Winter Season (Dry Season)

The winter season is between May and October. This is generally considered the best time to visit Tahiti.

The reason why this season is the preferred season is because it’s also the dry season in Tahiti. 

With less rain and less humidity you can also experience more pleasant temperatures.

Summer season (Rainy Season)

The summer season is between November and April. This season is also known as the off-season for tourism.

This is the season where you can expect more humidity, sometimes unbearable, unless your body is already used to high humidity. 

Also known as the rainy season you can expect rain often.

How to Travel to Tahiti on a Budget

Tahiti travel can be expensive. This is especially true if you want to stay at a resort, or in a hotel around the resorts. 

Here are tips on how you can best save some money on your Tahiti trip:

  1. Air Tahiti Nui is generally the cheapest airline to fly to and from Tahiti.
  2. Consider booking your entire trip as a vacation package. Get a vacation package deal inclusive of airfare and lodging, even meals are included. Air Tahiti Nui has vacation deals on their website. You can order a lodging package separate from your airfare, but that often brings the total airfare plus lodging price up.
  3. Consider going to Tahiti during the off-season when prices are cheaper. The off-season is during the summer in Tahiti, which corresponds with the winter season in the U.S., Europe, and the northern part of Asia. 
  4. You may save money by taking a cruise to Tahiti. But you still need to figure the airfare to get to the cruise port, most likely in Papeete. Although the cruises are not cheap, you may save money in the long run. A cruise ship provides on-board lodging for your trip, even when docked at ports. You are also served all-you-can-eat meals. Do prepare to spend money on activities off the ship while on land, and money for souvenirs.
  5. Alternative cheap lodging in Tahiti: Yes, Homestay and Airbnb do offer a few rentals in Tahiti, if you are really tight on your budget.
Air Tahiti Nui B787 Galley
Air Tahiti Nui B787 Galley. Photo Credit: SamChui.com
Air Tahiti Nui B787 Cabin
Air Tahiti Nui B787 Cabin. Photo Credit: SamChui.com
Philippe Bacchet
Philippe Bacchet, Photographer. © Sylvestre Dupré

Philippe Bacchet

Famous French Polynesia photographer Philippe Bacchet has kindly allowed us to display some of his images.
Enjoy your visual trip to Tahiti, and welcome aboard Philippe’s spectacular world through his lens!
If you wish to contact Philippe, simply send us an email here and we’ll make sure he gets your mail.

Visual Tour of Beautiful French Polynesia, by Philippe Bacchet

Tahiti Makemo Island, Tuamotu Archipelago
Makemo Island, Tuamotu Archipelago. © Philippe Bacchet
Tahiti Island, Society Archipelago, FAAA Airport Papeete
Tahiti Island, Society Archipelago. Papeete FAAA Airport middle left. © Philippe Bacchet
Tahiti Rangiroa Island, Tuamotu Archipelago
Rangiroa Island, Tuamotu Archipelago. © Philippe Bacchet
Tahiti Bora Bora Island Society Archipelago
Bora Bora Island, Society Archipelago. Mt. Otumanu. © Philippe Bacchet
Tahiti Moorea Island, Society Archipelago. © Philippe Bacchet
Moorea Island, Society Archipelago. © Philippe Bacchet
Tahiti Mangareva Island, Gambier Archipelago
Mangareva Island, Gambier Archipelago. © Philippe Bacchet
Tahiti Manihi Island, Tuamotu Archipelago
Manihi Island, Tuamotu Archipelago. © Philippe Bacchet
Tahiti Taha'a Island, Society Archipelago
Taha'a Island, Society Archipelago. Bora Bora with Mt. Otumanu in the background. © Philippe Bacchet
Tahiti Vaipo Waterfall, Hakau Valley, world's 3rd tallest waterfall
Vaipo Waterfall, Hakau Valley, Nuku Hiva Island, world's 3rd tallest waterfall. © Philippe Bacchet
Tahiti Maupiti Island lagoon, Society Archipelago
Maupiti Island lagoon, Society Archipelago. © Philippe Bacchet
Maupiti Island lagoon, Society Archipelago
Maupiti Island lagoon, Society Archipelago. © Philippe Bacchet
huahine island tahiti
Huahine Island, Society Archipelago. © Philippe Bacchet

My own best picture from Tahiti

Maupiti Tahiti, Captain Les
Maupiti Island, from my favorite viewpoint. Photo: © Captain Les, CaptainJetson.com

Papeete Airport Arrival Welcome

tahitian airport serenade FAAA

Click here to get an idea of what to expect after getting off your airplane at Papeete’s FAAA Airport, a Tahitian welcome serenade. Native Polynesian music and entertainment seem to always be present in the airport terminal. The musical vibes of the South Seas will immediately descend upon you 🙂

Miss Tahiti 2018-2019

Miss Tahiti
Vaimalama Chaves, Miss Tahiti
Free French Polynesia Tahiti Travel Guides

FREE Travel Guides !

Click the guide you want below:

My preferred choice of Lodging in Bora Bora

InterContinental Hotels Bora Bora, Thalasso Spa
Click picture for website and reservations

Among all the InterContinental Hotels in Bora Bora, my favorite is the InterContinental Bora Bora & Thalasso Spa.

Air Tahiti Nui is the Main Airline of French Polynesia

Air Tahiti Nui Bora Bora
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Photo credits Air Tahiti Nui: SamChui.com

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