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Now is the time to quit dreaming and visit paradise! Synonymous with romance and relaxation, your choice of vacation packages can feature one island or more, with special amenities for honeymoon couples at select resorts. For the adventurous, participate in a four-wheel drive safari tour, shark and ray snorkel safari or outrigger sailing excursion.

Relax in your secluded bungalow, stroll along the coral beaches, explore island culture through traditional Polynesian music and dance, tour sacred ruins or take a mountain safari. View the ocean wildlife from your overwater bungalow or while snorkeling and diving.

        

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Overview

Officially known as French Polynesia, honeymooners, romantics and adventurers alike are drawn to the Islands of Tahiti. Located in the South Pacific Ocean, French Polynesia consists of 118 islands stretched across more than 1,000 miles of ocean. The islands were formed by volcanic activity that gave rise to lush green, majestic mountains surrounded by coral reefs and clear turquoise water – ideal for snorkelling, diving, paddle boarding or parasailing. Some of the most popular islands for visitors are in the archipelago of the Society Islands and include Tahiti, Moorea, Bora Bora, Huahine, Taha'a and Tetiaroa. Also popular are Tikehau and Rangiroa located in the Tuamotus.

Papeete, located on Tahiti Island, is the capital city. Fa'a'a International Airport is only eight hours from Los Angeles by daily nonstop flights. It's also on the same side of the International Date Line as California. Overwater bungalows are popular resort accommodations and rejuvenating spa treatments are coveted activities. Experience the warmth of the Polynesian people and explore island culture through their music and dance. Stroll on the coral sand beaches or relax in a hammock. Visit the art galleries, shops and markets for jewellery, crafts, sarongs, monoi oil and more and don't forget to return home from with a Tahitian Black Pearl or two. With temperate weather, the Islands of Tahiti are truly a paradise where you will be “Embraced by Mana” – a life force and spirit that surrounds and connects all living things.

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Before You Go

Airport Check-In: It is recommended that you reconfirm your flight information and check in for your flights at the airline’s website 24 hours prior to your scheduled departure. Please bring all your final documents with you. It is important to arrive at the airport at least 90 minutes prior to departure for all domestic flights, and two to three hours prior to departure for international flights. For domestic flights within Tahiti, you are required to check in one hour prior to departure.

Required Documents: Passports are required for international travel. You will not be permitted to depart without necessary documentation. There may be additional requirements for international travel, such as vaccinations or visas, and some countries require that passports be valid for six months or longer beyond your stay in the country. Passport and entry requirements are subject to change at any time without notice. For the most current information on passport and entry requirements, please visit the Government of Canada official Web site at http://travel.gc.ca. Special travel documents are required for children traveling with or without their parents. If you are traveling with children, please check with the airline or cruise line prior to departure. If you are not a Canadian citizen, you must contact the consulate of the country you are visiting.

Newlywed Information: Tickets and other travel documents must exactly match your current passport and other identification. If not, you could be denied boarding and no refund will be forthcoming. For requirements and information regarding marriages performed in a foreign country, please visit the consulate of the particular country.

Honeymoon Packages: Some hotels require you to present a marriage certificate or licence in order for you to receive the honeymoon package. Please bring your marriage documentation with you if you are traveling on a honeymoon package.

Luggage: Baggage allowances and fees vary by airline. For airline baggage fees and policies please visit https://www.costcotravel.ca/Info/Airline-Baggage. If baggage fees do apply, this cost will be additional and must be paid directly to the airline.

Airport Departure Tax: There is no departure tax to pay when leaving Tahiti.

Duty Free/Customs: When returning to Canada the duty-free allowance may vary by country. Please visit http://travel.gc.ca/returning/customs for more information.

Travel Health Information: For the most current worldwide health information, consult your family physician or http://travel.gc.ca/travelling/advisories for advice and advisories.

General Safety Tips: By taking a few simple security precautions before and during your vacation, you can help ensure that you, your traveling companions, and your valuables are as safe and secure as possible.
  • To make it easier to replace your passport if it’s lost or stolen, in addition to your passport, take a photocopy of your passport information page (keeping it separate from your actual passport).
  • Carry only a limited amount of cash, just enough for gratuities and incidental purchases. Major credit cards are widely accepted and can be replaced if lost or stolen.
  • Always lock your hotel room door (including patio and balcony door on any level of the building) and use the peephole before opening the door.
  • Store your valuables (such as cash, credit cards and airline tickets) in the hotel’s in-room safe or front desk safety deposit box.
  • If you must carry valuables on your person, do so in a pouch or money belt concealed under your clothing. Purses and backpacks can be easy targets for thieves.
  • For complete and current safety and security information, including travelers’ tips, public announcements, travel advisories and more, please visit the Government of Canada official website at http://travel.gc.ca.

Climate:
Average Temperature:
May through September: 28° to 29°
October through April: 29° to 31°

Tropical Storm Season from November to May

Water Safety: Tap water is safe to drink.

Local Currency: French Pacific Francs

Currency Information: For exchange and cash advances in CFP, banks can be found at Faa’a International Airport, in downtown Papeete and throughout the islands. Hotels also will exchange U.S. dollars for CFP. On the primary tourist islands, major credit cards are accepted in most hotels, restaurants and boutiques.

ATM Availability: ATMs are becoming common throughout the islands, and are available at Faa’a International Airport and major banks. However, foreign cards may not be recognized.

Electricity: The voltage is 110 or 220 volts (60AC) depending on the islands and the type of accommodation. A universal adapter/converter is recommended.

Time Zone: Tahiti - French Polynesia Standard Time

Telephone Information: Direct dialing for local and international telephone calls is available from most hotels and from most public phone booths. Most hotels charge a fee for making phone calls. Please check prior to making any calls.

Local Language: French | Tahitian

Do Not Forget: Visitors are reminded to bring sunscreen, a hat, sunglasses, reef walking shoes, swimwear, insect repellent and after-bite medicine, personal prescriptions, a camera, film/memory card, an extra camera battery and a disposable underwater camera. During the rainy season, lightweight rainwear is advised.

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