Papeete, French Polynesia's
capital, is situated on the island of Tahiti and is home to the
government offices and the centre of the island's commerce. The
country's international airport, Faa'a, is located 6 miles from
downtown Papeete and is the only airport in French Polynesia with
direct flights to the outside world. All the domestic flights to
the outer islands operate from Faa'a. Wi-Fi internet access
has recently been upgraded at the airport and now offers passenger
15 minutes of free Wi-Fi, plus charged time of 1 hour at 300XPF
(roughly £2/EUR2.60) or 6 hours access at 900xpf (£5.50/EUR7.60)
(subject to change without notice).
Tahiti is the business and
industrial heart of French Polynesia, and as such the main town,
Papeete, the airport and the port, are very busy with arriving
ships and planes with cargo and/or passengers, as well as the
majority of the popuplation living and working on the island.
What people envision a South Pacific paradise island looking
like, Tahiti is probably not it, and although there are some nice
hotels on the island, we recommend only staying a few days here, at
the beginning or end of you trip, and spending the majority of your
vacation time on one of the outer islands, which are picture
perfect paradise islands. We feel you maybe disappointed if you
stayed only on Tahiti, and it is a very long way to go and not get
what you are expecting!
While the island's official
languages are Tahitian and French, English is fairly well spoken
throughout the islands, but learning a little French will help you
with locals and shops, etc, who are unlikely to speak a great deal
of English. Shops open early at about 7.30am and close around
5.30pm (noon on Saturdays) but the Tahitians always enjoy a long
lunch break, sometimes from 11am to 2pm. A unique way of seeing
Papeete is to journey on 'le Truck', Tahiti's public bus service.
The destination is posted on the top of the bus, which always
begins and ends its round trips at the public market in the centre
of the capital.
For information on some of
the restaurants and dining establishments available in Tahiti,
please click HERE.
Please view each property for an example of the standard
rates available. However, as there are often many
special deals or free night offers too numerous to
mention, please contact us to check for the latest offer that