Information & Facts
Several car rental agencies operate at the airport, including
Hertz, Avis, Tahiti Rentacar and Europcar.
In the parking lot opposite the terminal building, passengers
can hop aboard 'Le Truck', an open-top taxi-van, providing public
transport in Tahiti and ride into town for a fare of around US$1.
Taxis are available but cost around US$10 for the trip into town.
It is worth making sure that the fare is agreed on up front before
setting off in a taxi.
There is a bureau de change, post office and bank, opening hours
coinciding with the arrival of flights. The airport has two
restaurants, a duty free shop, tour operator desks, gift shops,
pearl boutiques and a colourful local handcraft market operating in
front of the terminal building. Baggage storage facilities are
French and Tahitian are the official languages; English
is widely spoken.
The unit of currency in French Polynesia is the French Pacific
Franc (XPF), divided into 100 centimes. The exchange rate is fairly
stable as it is linked to the Euro. Banks throughout the islands
are open mainly on weekdays only and are the best place to change
foreign currency; rates of exchange are not as good at hotels.
There are ATMs on a few of the islands, but shouldn't be relied
upon. Most hotels and resorts will exchange travellers cheques in
US$ 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).