Information & Facts
Like all of French Polynesia, Tahiti enjoys tropical, warm and
humid weather all year round, averaging eight hours of sunshine per
day over a year. The islands experience a rainy season, generally
between late October and early March, when cloudy skies and brief
heavy rain showers can occur. The rest of the year rain is rare and
temperatures constantly high, tempered sometimes by refreshing
breezes. The water temperature ranges between 79° F and 84° F (26°C
to 29°C) making for extremely pleasant bathing all year round.
Tahiti has its own public transit system known as 'Le Truck',
the open-air vehicles covering Papeete and surrounding towns with
informal frequent stops. There are plenty of taxis, best arranged
through the hotel concierge, and car rentals can be arranged at the
airport or hotels. Helicopters or a variety of sea-going craft can
be hired for island tours.
French and Tahitian are the official languages; English
is widely spoken.
The unit of currency in French Polynesia is the French Pacific
Franc (XPF), divided into 100 centimes. The exchange rate is fairly
stable as it is linked to the Euro. Banks throughout the islands
are open mainly on weekdays only and are the best place to change
foreign currency; rates of exchange are not as good at hotels.
There are ATMs on a few of the islands, but shouldn't be relied
upon. Most hotels and resorts will exchange travellers cheques in
US$ or Euros, and credit cards and US currency is readily accepted
on the main islands. Tourism taxes are levied for accommodation and
GMT -10 (The Marquesas Islands are half an hour ahead of the
rest of French Polynesia).