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Tahiti Travel Trip Planner Frequently Asked Questions - The following are some of the most frequently asked questions about Tahiti and South Pacific Travel in general
Do I Need a Passport/Visa for the South Pacific?
Yes: A valid passport and your round trip or return ticket are required for all visitors visiting Tahiti. Visas are not required for North American citizens for stays of less than one month.
How long does it take to obtain a Tahiti or South Pacific Visa?
Generally, a visa will take anywhere from 2 days to 15 days to process in the Tahiti Embassy/Consulate depending on the consulate that we need to send the application to and whether you choose to “expedite” your Tahiti visa.
What is the difference between a passport and a Tahiti visa?
PASSPORT: A passport is an official government document that will certify your identity and citizenship. Your passport is needed to allow you to regain entry to the country of citizenship (i.e. the United States) and is a requirement by many countries to get access into the country you are visiting. VISA: A Tahiti visa is an official government document which will allow you to temporarily be in the country. Many countries require a visa to gain entry. A visa is in the form of a stamp/sticker located in your passport and is obtained from an Embassy in Washington DC or consulates around the country. Tahiti does not require a visa for tourist or business purposes for United States citizens. You will require a US passport with at least 6 months of validity left.
What Is the Time Zone of Tahiti?
The islands are just two hours behind Pacific Standard Time. During Daylight-Saving Time (April to late October) they are three hours behind. Time in the Marquesas is half an hour ahead of the rest of the islands.
What About Currency Exchange?
It is suggested that you you use travelers check and cash at banks in lieu of your hotel to get a better rate exchange for your money. At most airports, there are banking services for international travelers. We suggest that you convert your the currency you may have left before you leave the country as in some instances, you are unable to convert back to to your native currency. In the case of coinage, best to exchange in country of origin. The currency in Tahiti is the French Pacific Franc (XPF).
Can I Use My Credit Cards?
Credit cards normally accepted in the South Pacific: Visa, Master Card, American Express, Diners Club. Be sure to contact your bank before departure to let them know you are going out of the country and plan to use your credits cards, this will help alleviate any issues when going to pay for something, due to fraudulent use of credit cares, it may save you time if you have notified your banking institution ahead of time.
What Language is Spoken in Tahiti?
French and Tahitian are the official languages, although English is spoken and understood in tourist areas. It is a good idea to get a small travel language book to allow you have some basic phrases at your fingertips.
What are the Policies Regarding Tipping?
Tipping is not mandatory nor is it expected. If excellent service is provided, it is always appreciated.
What is the Climate in Tahiti?
Tahiti is an ideal tropical climate and therefore a popular destination for visitors from all over the world. Travelers to Tahiti will experience warm moderate ocean breezes sunny, pleasant days and an average yearly air and water temperature of 80∞F. Summer November through April, when the climate is slightly warmer and more humid. Winter is from May through October, when the the climate is slightly cooler and dryer.
Is the Water Safe to Drink?
Tap water is generally safe to drink in most hotels and restaurants. We suggest you purchase bottled water available everywhere in stores, markets, and hotels just to be safe.
What Health Certifications Will I Need?
It is not required to have any additional shots or health certifications. The only current qualification is if you are coming from an infectious area of the world, you will need a certification as outlined by the World Health Organization.
What About Taking My Medications
A good rule of thumb for taking medications it to bring a supply double of what you need, best to bring your prescriptions with you in the event you need more or have to clear customs without any issues. Make copes of all prescriptions and lock them in the safe for backup and be sure to check with your doctor and advise him about your trip.
What Is the Voltage?
Best to bring a converter or adapter for your appliances and electronic equipment. Most Resorts and Hotels use 110 or 220 volts, depending on the destination. Some resorts – hotels already have hairdryers in the suite, check with your Tahiti specialist about what amenities are available in your accommodations.
Do Accommodations Have Air Conditioners?
Most Tahiti’s bungalows, bures and villas have air conditioning or ceiling fans. especially on the islands of Tahiti, Moorea, and Bora Bora. When working with your Tahiti specialists, they will furnish you with the amenities of your rooms.
What is There to do in Tahiti?
If you want to participate in lots of activities, there plenty to do in Tahiti, it is the perfect place to unwind and relax or have the time of your life participating in land and water activities galore. Shopping, hiking, island excursions, tennis, golf, fishing, diving, snorkeling, boating, horseback riding, biking, archaeological tours, museums, safaris in 4×4 vehicles, zipline and much more. Your Tahiti specialists will assist you with all the activities available to you based on your destination. They can also assist you in a trip itinerary.
What do I Need to Pack
The rule of thumb is to pack lightly. Dress is generally informal in Tahiti, cotton dresses, swimsuit, shorts skirts are perfect for women and the men fare well in T-shirts, cotton and sport shirt as well as trousers or shorts. Accessories should include your sun block, hats to protect you from the sun and be sure to include good walking/hiking shoes as well as a pair of shoes you can wear to protect your feet on land and sea. Best to pack lightly in the event that you need to handle your baggage yourself without the assistance of a porter. Lastly all your important papers, passports and medications should be packed separate from any baggage not in your control, in the event baggage takes longer to arrive at your destination then you, the most import items are safe and readily available.