West of Easter Island, towards the South Pacific middle is another paradise flower, a group of 118 exotic islands and atolls that form what is called the French Polynesia. Coral reefs, turquoise-blue lagoons, white sand beaches, coast lined palm trees and high mountain peaks.
Tahiti, Bora Bora, Moorea, Raiatea, Tikehau, Fakarrava and Manihi are some of the tropical heavens. Tahiti, in the heart of the Pacific Ocean, is the largest island of the French Polynesia archipelago. It lies south of equator, half way from California and Australia. It is located 4400 km south of Hawaii, 7900 km from Chile and 5700 km from Australia.
Papeete is the capital of Tahiti. It’s a vibrant and multicultural city with busy boulevards and a bustling port. The visit to French Polynesia begin and end in Papeete. Tourists jet off to other islands, where they spend a day or two.
Tahiti is a scenic island with lush landscapes, pleasant beaches and calm waters. Tourists also explore the interior peaks and valleys on guided hike or jeep tours. Other popular activities include scuba diving, snorkeling, jet skiing and surfing. With all those fantastic resorts available in Tahiti, you will never regret staying.
Tahiti is in the same time zone as Hawaii, and is two hours behind the West Cost during Pacific Standard Time.
Because Tahiti and her islands are below the Equator, the seasons are the reverse of those in the Northern Hemisphere.
Tahitian and French are the main languages spoken throughout French Polynesia. English is spoken in most major hotels, shops and restaurants.
Tap water in hotels and restaurants is generally safe to drink. A local mineral water "Eau Royale" is available.
Electricity in Tahiti and French Polynesia in general, is 220V, alternating at 60Hz.