French Polynesia Travel Guide
French Polynesia is made up of 118 islands that cover over 6,400 square kilometers! It’s one of the Pacific’s most popular tourist destinations and is home to breathtaking islands like Tahiti and Bora Bora.
With diverse marine life, the region boasts some of the most spectacular diving in the world. Plus, the volcanic peaks and pristine white beaches are straight out of a postcard!
From the minute you arrive, you will be left speechless by its natural beauty. As a destination, it’s the epitome of a luxurious island escape.
French Polynesia is at its best between June and August. The weather is warm, and there’s little chance of storm clouds ruining a picture perfect day.
However, it’s high season over these months, and prices for accommodation and flights will skyrocket.
From November through April, tropical storms start to roll in more frequently, but don’t let the rain deter you! The storms are short-lived, and before you know it, the sun will be out once again.
If you do decide to visit during this season, make sure your lodging has AC as it’s super humid!
Check out The Best Time to Travel to French Polynesia for complete details!
What To Expect
Language: French is the official language of French Polynesia.
Currency: The local currency of French Polynesia is the French Pacific Franc (CFP). 1 USD is equivalent to 105.37 CFP. While the US dollar is widely accepted, you’ll still need to have some of the local currency for smaller purchases.
Credit Cards & ATMs: You can use your credit card at most hotels, car-rental companies, restaurants, and shops on the islands. However, you should always have cash on you in case it’s not possible to pay with a card. An ATM in French Polynesia is called “billetterie.” You’ll find ATM’s at the banks on the main islands as well as some of the post offices.
Plugs: On the islands, the power plugs are type A, B, and E. The standard voltage is 110/220 V, and the frequency is 60/50 Hz. I recommend buying a universal adapter (make sure it has surge protection) and using a converter for hair dryers and hot tools.
Safety: The islands of French Polynesia are amongst the safest on the planet. There are occasional break-ins in hotel rooms and bungalows, but it’s nothing you need to be too worried about. Don’t leave valuables alone and don’t walk around by yourself on deserted beaches.
Bucket List experiences
Hike to Waterfalls
Watch the Sunset at Matira Beach
Swim with Sharks at the Blue Lagoon
Go Scuba Diving
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