If you would like to be pam­pered in five star resorts, Tahiti should be on your bucket list.  Beyond the lux­u­ri­ous hotels and restau­rants, you will find an incred­i­bly peace­ful island with friendly peo­ple and lots of small guesthouses.

The main island of French Poly­ne­sia is Tahiti Island in the Soci­ety Islands. Tahiti has unbe­liev­able trop­i­cal scenery and moun­tain ranges. Plan for orga­nized day tours to visit the water­falls and rain­forests of the inte­rior and great hik­ing trails. A string of beach resorts line the sunny west coast although there are few good swim­ming beaches apart from sev­eral unusual black sand beaches which have excel­lent surf­ing. The cap­i­tal Papeete, on the north west coast a few min­utes drive north of the inter­na­tional air­port is a busy town with a dis­tinct French flavor.

Tahiti Quick Facts:

  • Cap­i­tal:  Papeete
  • Pop­u­la­tion:  245,000
  • Air­lines:  Air Tahiti Nui, Air France, Air New Zealand and Hawai­ian Air­lines (out of Honolulu)
  • Air­port:  Faa’a Inter­na­tional Air­port PPT
  • Gov­ern­ment:  Tahi­tians are French cit­i­zens with com­plete civil and polit­i­cal rights
  • Cur­rency:  French Pacific Franc
  • Lan­guages:  French and Tahit­ian.  Eng­lish is widely spo­ken in tourist areas
  • Reli­gion:  Protes­tants make up 50% of the pop­u­la­tion, Catholics 35%, Mor­mons 5%, San­i­tos 5%, Adven­tistes 3.5% and Jeho­vah Wit­nesses 1.5%
  • Call­ing Code:  Inter­na­tional coun­try code + 689 (Papeete)
  • Inter­net TLD: .pf
  • Time Zone:  Same as Hawaii — two hours behind Pacific Stan­dard Time with no day­light sav­ings time change
  • Cli­mate:  Trop­i­cal weather year-round.  Aver­age tem­per­a­ture is 79 degrees Fahrenheit


2011 Pub­lic Hol­i­days:
Jan­u­ary 01                    March 05                   April 25                     May 01                    May 08
New Year’s Day           Mis­sion­ary Day         Easter Mon­day        Labour Day            Vic­tory Day

June 02                        June 13                        June 29                                  July 14
Ascen­sion                    Whit Mon­day             Anniv. Int’l Auton­omy        Fall of the Bastille

August 15                    Novem­ber 01              Novem­ber  11              Decem­ber 25
Assump­tion               All Saints Day             Armistice Day              Christ­mas Day


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