Tahiti

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.

 

All our itineraries are tailor-made to your exact requirements, but if you would like some ideas for itineraries and guide prices, please click HERE

 

Dining Information

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 may apply.

 


Transpacific's recommended hotel selection
Intercontinental Tahiti

Intercontinental Tahiti

Set amongst thirty acres of lush tropical gardens with two swimming pools and its own private beach, the hotel has a wonderful setting.

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Le Meridien Tahiti

Le Meridien Tahiti

Located on the beach and set in five acres of lush tropical gardens, affording all rooms above ground floor level an ocean view.

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Manava Suite Resort Tahiti

Manava Suite Resort Tahiti

This modern resort reflects authentic Polynesian décor, while still offering contemporary amenities and home comforts.

 

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 Tahiti Pearl Beach Resort

Tahiti Pearl Beach Resort

Recently under new management, the Tahiti Pearl Beach is located on the black sand beach of Matavai Bay.

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Royal Tahitian

Royal Tahitian

Set in flower filled tropical gardens on a black sand beach facing the island of Moorea, the hotel is recently refurbished.

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Hotel Tiare Tahiti

Hotel Tiare Tahiti

The Hotel Tiare Tahiti is in the centre of Papeete town and right on the harbourfront.

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 Tahiti Airport Motel

Tahiti Airport Motel

Located in front of Tahiti Faa'a International Airport, only 5 minutes walk from the terminal it is ideal for overnight stopovers.

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Hotel Le Maroto

Hotel Le Maroto

Located in the mountains of central Tahiti and set in acres of lush tropical forest and wilderness, this is a real alternative from the fast pace of Papeete

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