French Polynesia is an overseas country of the French Republic. It is made up of several groups of Polynesian islands, the most famous island being Tahiti in the Society Islands group, which are also the most populous island and the seat of the capital of the territory (Papeetē). Although not an integral part of its territory, Clipperton Island was administered from French Polynesia until 2007.
Tahiti is the largest of the 118 islands and atolls that constitute. The island of Tahiti and the capital city of Papeete are located in the Society Islands, an archipelago that includes the high-rising islands of Moorea, Huahine, Raiatea, Taha'a, and Bora Bora. These islands are selected as the best islands for honeymooners. Other dramatic island groups are the Tuamotu Atolls with the slender coral wreaths of Rangiroa, Manihi, Tikehau, and Fakarava and the Marquesas - with the massive mountains on the islands of Nuku Hiva and Hiva Oa.
LOCATION : 17°40’S 149°25’W
AREA : 4,167 km2
CAPITAL : Papeete
LANGUAGE : French and Tahitian are official languages, but English is spoken and understood
in tourist area.
POPULATION : 267,000 (2010)
AIRPORT : Faaa International Airport is the only international airport in French Polynesia
TIME : UTC/GMT -10
ELECTRICITY : Hotels use either 110 or 220 volts (60Hz), depending on the location.
PHONE CODE : +689
Cooled by gentle ocean breezes, the climate is ideal. Being tropical but moderate, the climate features sunny, pleasant days and an average yearly air and water temperature of 80∞F. Summer is from November through April, when the climate is slightly warmer and more humid. Winter is from May through October, when the climate is slightly cooler and dryer.
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It’s absolutely essential to have adequate travel insurance covered, especially for the purposes of flight cancellation, delay or any other unexpected incidental cases occurred during the trip and to enjoy the journey with a peaceful mind.
For stays of up to three months or 90 days, there are no visa requirements for citizens of the U.S., Canada, or Mexico. A foreigner with a residence card for the U.S. is not exempt from the above requirements and should consult the French Consulate based in the U.S. for information.
Citizens of European Union countries do not need a visa for stays of up to three months; citizens of other countries should consult the French Consulate.
No visa requirements for Chinese foreign nationals from Hong Kong, if they are HKSAR passport holders and those from Macao if they are RAEM passport holders.
More information for visas please check with the nearest embassy at your country or the website
http://www.polynesie-francaise.pref.gouv.fr/ for more information
All items brought in by travellers for their personal use are duty-free, provided they are non-prohibited items and are re-exported out of French Polynesia within six months.
These include 200 cigarettes or 200 cigarillos or 100 cigars; 50 grams of perfume; 500 grams of coffee; 100 grams of tea; 10 rolls of camera film; 2 litters of alcohol (Spirits, Wine or Champagne). *No one under 17 years of age is entitled to duty-free tobacco or alcohol.
It is the passengers responsibility to obtain all required travel documents, visas and permits, and for complying with the laws, regulations, orders, demands and other travel requirements of countries of origin, destination or transit.
We strongly recommend that you go to the IATA Travel Centre website http://www.iatatravelcentre.com for more information.
THINGS TO DO
Tahiti is the perfect place to do everything or nothing at all. Popular activities include 4x4 safaris, nature hikes, scuba diving, snorkelling, canoeing, sailing, jet skiing, wind-surfing, surfing, bike riding, tennis, golf on the island of Tahiti, horseback riding, deep-sea fishing, shopping, circle-island tours, helicopter tours, museums stops and archaeological tours.
US dollars and euros are widely accepted in the islands, although at a less favourable exchange rate than at banks. The official currency is the French Pacific Franc (CFP). The value of the CFP is pegged to the euro and fluctuates against the US dollar.
On the primary tourist islands, MasterCard and Visa are commonly accepted in most all hotels, restaurants, and boutiques while American Express is accepted in some.
Tipping is not customary in Polynesian culture and is not expected. However, tipping is welcomed for exemplary service.
WHAT TO WEAR
The climate and lifestyle on the islands call for casual and comfortable clothing. Pack loose-fitting, natural fabrics and plenty of shorts. Pareus and swimsuits can be worn during the daytime at the resorts, while casual shirts and walking shorts provide the most comfort during island explorations. For dinner, casual slacks and sport shirts are the best choice for men while cool sundresses are most appropriate for women.
Among Tahiti's most popular products are black pearls, tiare and coconut soaps, monoi oil, vanilla beans, shell leis, wood carvings, woven hats and baskets, and the colorful hand dyed pareu fabric worn by the island natives. The Papeete public market is a favorite with visitors. Shops usually open about 7:30am and close at 5:30pm (Noon on Saturdays) but there is always a long lunch hour. Except in hotels, all shops are usually closed on Sundays.
YOUR TOUR ARRANGEMENTS
All land arrangements within French Polynesia Islands are solely at the discretion of our land operators who control the final scheduling of sightseeing programs based on current situation of the day or period like weather, traffic condition, boat & flght schedules etc…….
Those situations are not under our control and cannot be held responsible for sudden changes.
Terms & Conditions are based on our website : www.f56.com/Terms&Conditions.pdf
Health information for traveling ( For travellers from Hongkong )
OUTBOUND TRAVEL ALERT ( for travelers from Hongkong )
If you are traveling from Hongkong and would like to know more about the outbound
Travel alert please explore the website: http://www.sb.gov.hk/eng/ota/
If you are a Hongkong Resident holding a valid HKID card and have register a MyGovHK account, you can use the ROTI which is free of charge. Or explore the website to register. http://www.gov.hk/en/residents/immigration/outsidehk/roti.htm