Useful information : When to go, Getting around...
When to go
Polynesia’s superlative lagoons are world famous. With a water temperature above 25°C/75°F all year round, you won’t be disappointed. On the other hand, the hot, humid, tropical oceanic climate is far from as heavenly as you might think. The best time to visit is during the dry season, between May and October: the weather is mild, refreshed by the trade winds and rain is relatively rare. Your programme can range from diving, swimming and picnicking in the atolls to inland hiking excursions, without forgetting surfing competitions, dugout canoe races or Tahiti’s arts and crafts festival. Watch out: prices tend to rocket in July-August!
The austral summer, or rainy season, lasts from November to April. Temperatures are often stifling, the humidity levels at their highest and the winds often violent.
However bear in mind that Polynesia is a vast region and that the climate is accordingly variable and will depend on the specificities of each island.
Formalities and useful addresses
British citizens require no visas to visit and need only a valid passport.
US citizens require no visas for stays under 90 days. Passport must be valid for three months beyond the date of departure.
French Polynesia Embassy – 358 Knightsbridge - London - SW1X 7JT - [TEL] (0207) 0731000
"French Polynesia Embassy – 4101 Reservoir Road - NW 20007- Washington DC - [TEL] (202) 944 6000"
French Polynesia Tourism Board – www.tahiti-tourisme.com
Health and safety
Current is 220V, so American travellers will need an AC adaptor.
Tahiti International Airport – www.tahiti-aeroport.pf (in French)