French Polynesia Transportation

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French Polynesia Transportation

  • Bikes

    Bora-Bora Transportation

    I had wanted to rent a scooter for our trip around the island but the company I contacted did not have any for rent, only cars and bicycles. Having seen the rates for cars, I chose the sporty option. There are companies, however, that have scooters for hire – and this BTW is the means of transport most locals use. You could try Fare Piti...

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  • Ferry

    Moorea Transportation

    They say it takes 7 minutes to fly from Papeete to Moorea and vice versa but why would you fly if its only 30 minutes on the ferry and is alot cheaper. The ferry even holds cars. You can drive right on to the ferry with your car. The ferry cost about $9 so it is very affordable.

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  • Le Truck

    Tahiti Transportation

    Le Truck was a fun and cheap way to get around Tahiti. When Le Truck pulls up, tell the driver where you want to go so he knows where to stop for you. Make sure to pay after you exit. When you get on make sure to duck down so you don't bang your head on the ceiling!

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  • Ferry

    Bora-Bora Transportation

    Because most of the island's hotels are seperated from the actual island itself, the ferry system in Bora Bora needs to be very comprehensive. During our stay on the Bora Bora Nui, which is on a motu (island) off the main island that is home to Vaitape and other villages, we had to take the ferry into town if we wanted to get to an off-resort...

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  • Plane

    Moorea Transportation

    From Tahiti, the quickest way to reach Moorea is to fly this tiny airplane. A funny flight actually, very noisy and not that reassuring, although you can control each of the pilot's moves : there is no door separating him from his passengers... It was very strange to see him push on all those buttons and then turn to us and ask "Ready?" :-) Sit...

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  • Plane

    Tahiti Transportation

    The best compagny to fly to French Polynesia. Planes are brand new with personal tv screen and games even in economics. Service is excellent and food better than usual in planes. You already feel like you're there ! They are flying to Tahiti from USA, France, Japan and Australia.

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  • Scooter

    Bora-Bora Transportation

    To explore the small island renting a scooter will do. We had one for 4 hours, which gave us plenty of time to go around the island. We paid 5000 CFP (42 EUR) per scooter which includes unlimited mileage and insurance. Gas is extra. Wearing a helmet is mandatory, though, and you need to show your driver's license.

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  • Automobile

    Moorea Transportation

    You dont really need a car to go around the island. You can rent a scooter, or bikes or do a tour. Renting a car is pricey especially if you want a 4x4 jeep. You are looking at 90 to 100 dollars for 24 hours. We didnt rent it for the whole time we were there. We only got it for a 24 hour period and for us, that was enough. We had seen everything we...

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  • Bikes

    Moorea Transportation

    Traveling around Moorea by bicycle is a wonderful way to see the island. You can go where you want, you're not restricted to paved roads, and yet you can get around easily without sacrificing your freedom. That being said, this does take some stamina. Although some may scoff at the idea of being challenged by biking around the outside of a small...

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  • Family Flight Passes

    When travelling with children in French Polynesia make sure to get a Family ID Card. Bring a passport size photo the the Air Tahiti office in Papeete, fill out their form, show your passports and you can receive up to 75% off on flights for Children (2-11yrs) and 50% off on flights for Adults. It saved us a bundle as we were travelling with 5...

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  • Travel between the Islands

    /Air Tahiti flies to 27 islands – which includes all biggies of the Society Islands, and also Rarotonga (but this only during very limited periods), the main island of the Cook Islands. Travel starts at Faa’a Airport in Papeete.They have airfares which either include 20kg or 50kg free luggage.Just an example: In the high season a one way flight...

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  • Getting around on the Islands

    /There are generally five possibilities: Le Truck which is the public bus, rental car or scooter, or bicycle, or a guided tour.The problem with Le Truck is that it only has a kind of real schedule on Tahiti but you will struggle during the weekend. During the week you can get around the island without the chance of not getting back to where you...

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  • Getting to French Polynesia

    -Distances and flight times from international destinations to Tahiti:Paris 17,100 km/20 hoursLos Angeles 6,200 km/8 hoursNew York 10,100 km/12.5 hoursAuckland (New Zealand) 3,900 km/5.5 hoursSydney 5700 km/6.5 hoursSantiago de Chile (via Easter Island) 7,500 km/8 hoursTokyo 8,800 km/11 hoursAirlines that service Papeete (Tahiti; Faa’a Airport):Air...

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  • Air Tahiti Nui

    Eleven hours + 8 more after the unpleasant stop in L.A.; a 22 hours-journey on the whole. Long flight but very comfortable plane. Each seat is provided with a private TV screen allowing you to choose your own programme during the flight. You can choose from a selection of 8 movies, various games, Tiare TV (Polynesian TV) or the Air Show indicating...

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  • Air Tahiti

    Using AIr Tahiti (not Air Tahiti Nui which is an other airline) is the quickest way to visit the atolls of French Polynesia. Very clean and confortable ATR, no meaningful delay, the staff is very kind and helpful. In the case you want to visit more islands, I suggest to buy a pass.http://www.airtahiti.aero/articles.php?id=69The Air Pass could be...

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  • Le Truck - a bus service around the...

    By far the cheapest way to get around any particular island in French Polynesia is to use Le Truck. Le Truck is a bus that basically drives around the island you are on (e.g. Tahiti, Moorea, Bora Bora etc), and you flag it down at a stop, and let the driver know when you need to get off - it can be flexible sometimes although it is supposed to use...

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  • Rent a car and drive around the Island...

    Whilst it is not especially cheap to rent a car in French Polynesia, it can work out quite cost effective compared to paying someone else to take you to places (hotels are so expensive you don't tend to be staying long, so everything is done in a hurry, so Le Truck is not always feasible!).You can rent cars by the day with unlimited mileage, or you...

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  • Just around in the sea

    This is a slightly flippant transport tip, but if you just fancy a padle about in the sea or viiting a Motu under your own steam, it is well worth rentng or borrowing a boat of some description and paddling about.A good number of the islands have coral reefs around them, which protect the islands from strong currents and make swimming and boating...

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  • Boats between Moorea and Tahiti

    There are several boats that leave to/from Moorea to Papeete (Papeete is the capital of Tahiti) a few times a day.Unfortunately they all seem to depart at virtually the same time, so if you miss a boat, you can have several hours wait for the next one, so make sure you know what times the boats leave in advance and get there early as they depart...

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  • International Flights

    What the Faaa is that?If you have never been to Tahiti, you will probably look at the title and think "What on earth is that word - Faaa". Faaa is the name of the airport (it is also the name of the closest town). It's an incredibly simple word, but leaves you wondering whether you have actually pronounced it properly or not!It's quite a pleasant...

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  • Sail around the Islands

    If you are interested in seeing a little more of each island, instead of spending a whole vacation on one island, I would recommend taking the Seven Seas' Paul Gaugin.I did not go on this cruise, so I can not vouch for it, however we did see them in all the ports that we visited, so my itinerary must be great!

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  • Air Tahiti Nui

    There are a few carriers that service French Polynesia's Papeete Airport, but few provide the service and smile of Air Tahiti Nui. This is the official airline of the islands, and their crew is a mixture of Tahitians and French flight attendants. On both our trip there and way home, the crew was extremely friendly!Also, because it was our honeymoon...

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  • Moorea Express Ferry

    If you are headed to Tahiti or Moorea, please take heed of this tip. It will save you at least $100 US dollars, and you will enjoy saving the money!Air Tahiti charges an arm and a leg for a 15 minute flight from Papeete to Moorea, which in my opinion is not worth it! Since you will have to pick up your international baggage anyway, have to re-check...

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  • Faaa International Airport (PPT)

    If you are flying into French Polynesia, it is safe to assume that you will be starting your trip in Faaa, pronounced Fah-ah-ah, which is the only site in French Polynesia with an international airport. It also acts as the hub for most inter-island flights. Do not confuse this with a major hub airport however, as there are not nearly as many...

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  • Renting a car for the island

    Albert's Rent-A-Car. There are several firms renting vehicles. The most popular rental is the small, but fun four-seat Panda. Unfortunately, the price to rent cars is not inexpensive. In order to cater to those arriving from the cruise ships docking in Cooke's Bay on a regular basis, cars may be rented by for four hours or eight hours instead of...

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  • Le Truck

    Some islands have a bus service around the island. Transportation is done by "Le truck".Le truck is a brightly painted wooden cabin mounted on the rear of a flatbed truck. In de cabin you will find wooden benches along each side of the cabin and sometimes one in the middle.Each Le truck has a specific route, with the destination usually painted on...

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  • By Scooter

    Some islands are so small that you can easily rent a scooter to make a trip around the island. You can rent your vehicle through most of the hotels. Prices include unlimited mileage and insurance. Gas is extra.Wearing a helmet is mandatory and you need to show your driver's license.

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  • By Car

    If you want to tour the bigger islands like Tahiti, Moorea, Huahine and Raiatea and want to explore a little bit of the interior than it is best to hire a car. There are car rentals on all those islands and you can easily book it through your hotel.You will drive on the right side of the road and a valid driver's license of your country is enough....

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  • By Sea

    For those who like the idea of exploring the islands by sea, and don't want to rough it, there is for example the 'Wind Song', a cruise ship that debarks from Tahiti and visits Raiatea, Bora Bora, Tahaa, Huahine and Moorea in seven days.

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  • Air Moorea

    Air Moorea provides 10-minute air taxi service with 13 to 19 flights daily from Tahiti to Moorea. The 18-passenger Dornier departs every hour on the hour from the Air Moorea terminal which lies within easy walking distance from the International Airport of Tahiti Faaa.

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  • International flights

    All international flights arrive at the Tahiti Faaa International Airport near Papeete.We came by Air Tahiti Nui and were very satisfied. We were welcomed on board by smiling Polynesian hostesses who offered us a Tiare Tahiti flower. Service and food are excellent and so are the seats (2 near the window and 4 in the middle) with a private screen...

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  • Air Tahiti

    Air Tahiti operates the domestic scheduled flights between the islands of French Polynesia and provides a well-run air service. They offer four different air passes, allowing you to combine several islands. The restrictions are that one is allowed one stop per island and the pass is valid for 28 days. It is a good service when you are thinking of...

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  • By bike

    In most hotels you can rent a bike for minimum 4 hours. It will cost you 1000 CFP (8,38 EUR). Most bikes are the same. No gear and a basket on the handlebar.

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  • FAAA Airport

    Because Tahiti is so far from Los Angeles, Auckland, and other places, the majority of international activity at FAAA airport takes place in the wee hours of the morning. That morning, we were off to Sydney, Australia but we had a long layover in Auckland, New Zealand. On arriving at the airport, we had to queue up for what seemed to me like an...

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  • LE TRUCK

    These are trucks which are the public transports of French Polynesia. In the section behind, there are two benches. The windows and the back are open up for one to catch the natural breeze.The main Tahiti island has a more regular le truck service. Fares are 130 Polynesian Francs. While it is stated that they charge 100 Francs for each baggage, try...

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  • Tour Bus

    Lionel is the only tour guide we had who drove the bus himself. He explains that he knows first hand where he wants to go and sometimes it is difficult to explain it to another driver.

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  • Le Truck

    Because we had the whole of the morning free to go shopping, we headed for beautiful downtown Papeete by means of transport that would not be permitted in the United States. In Tahiti, they convert trucks into a combination taxi-bus putting benches in the back of the truck. Tahitians (all speak French) call this inventive mode of transport le...

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  • Faa'a International Airport

    Shown is the Faa'a International Airport in Papeete, Tahiti. Flight is 7 1/2 hours from Los Angeles and here's your choices of airlines:Air Tahiti Nui - the Tahitian airlineAir France - originates in ParisAOMAir New Zealand

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  • Unless you have a lot of time...

    Unless you have a lot of time for cruising, fly.Cruising the islands was terrific. Otherwise, there are ferrys from island to island. Some of the islands are quite a distance and definitely not a day trip (e.g. Tahiti to Bora Bora).Try the in-land safari. Nice views & excellent guides.

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  • FLIGHTS COME FROM ALL OVER TO...

    FLIGHTS COME FROM ALL OVER TO PAPEETE, THEN THERE IS A SMALL AIR SERVICE TO BORA BORAIF YOU ARE ON MOOREA, HIRE A JEEP.BORA BORA A SMALL SPEEDBOAT OR SCOOTER.PAPEETE, BUS SERVICE IS COOL.ALL THREE PLACES DEFINATELY A CRUISE SHIPPic: Me and a bevy of Beauties....Perfect...

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  • You can fly nonstop from Los...

    You can fly nonstop from Los Angeles to Papeete, Tahiti, in eight hours on Air New Zealand, Air France, or Qantas. From Papeete you fly another 45 minutes on Air Tahiti to Bora Bora. Accommodations are generally on the expensive side so make your travel agent go over some cheaper options with you. Air France Air New Zealand - (via Auckland) Air...

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  • If u come from Europe or from...

    If u come from Europe or from the US, the cheapest air company is Nouvelles Frontières. It leaves from Paris, LA and San Fran. If u live in the US, the only Nouvelles Frontières agency is located in New-York.For short travels in Tahiti, take the local bus called 'truck'. If u want to get around the other islands, the best thing to do is to rent a...

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  • Be careful of arrival and...

    Be careful of arrival and departure times if you're taking air nz because they get in and out at weird times that will have you spending unecessary nights in Papeete.Air Tahiti has a travel agency section that includes packages that you can taylor to your wants.It's great if you want to see a lot of islands and have things organised.Le Truck is the...

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  • Tahiti's main Aiport is in...

    Tahiti's main Aiport is in Papeete. This pic was from the Airport :-)I found that walking was cool, but I did get a taxi a lot :-)

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  • If you would like to rent a...

    If you would like to rent a car on Moorea or Bora Bora I suggest staying away from what are called 'Fun Cars'. These are basically scooters with three wheels. They have a certain cuteness about them and are great for a fun picture. However, they are extremely slow (you'll have to let people pass you on the road constantly), fair chance you'll need...

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