French Polynesia Warnings and Dangers

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French Polynesia Warnings and Dangers

  • Eastern Time in Tahiti

    Avoid the months of Feb-March-April, unless you enjoy water, dark sky, mosquitoes, and huge sea waves. Once in a while the sun come out for about 30 minutes, and back to rain. I comteplated few times to start building an arch, and gather few animals. I cut 10 days of my previous 30 days vacation.I went back in July and it was Nirvana.Bring...

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  • STAYING IN TOUCH: Your best...

    STAYING IN TOUCH: Your best bet for communication is either the post office or the local public telephone system. MAIL: Mail typically takes from one week to 10 days traveling to and from the U.S. The post office is open from 7:30 am to 5 pm Monday - Friday, and 7:30 to 11:30am on Saturdays. PHONE: Your cell phone will not work here, but there are...

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  • The Mosquitos

    French Polynesia is famous for the size and quantity of its biting insects. Whilst most of them come out at night time, there are also plenty that will happily bite you during the day as I found out to my cost (in bright sunlight!)The only solution is to cover up as much as possible and to wear plenty of insect repellent, even during daylight...

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  • Biting turtles!

    If you go swimming with Turtles, you will probably think they are very friendly as they come right up to you and will almost swim into you.However they do have pretty strong beaks, and they like to try and bite bits off you as this picture shows!When we were leaving the Lagoonarium where we saw these Turtles, we spoke to one of the keepers and...

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  • Petty theft

    Petty theft is an ever present danger in French Polynesia. I am not aware of any violence associated with it, but don't leave anything unattended ever.If something isn't bolted down, it will walk away. This includes items left in locked cars, bags, valuables on beaches and the like.Part of the problem probably stems from the French closing their...

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  • Nono

    On some of the islands you will encounter the "nono". This is a minuscule "no-see-um" sand fly with a nasty sting. They are most common at daybreak and late in the afternoon, when they come to chew on your ankles. You might not even know you've been bitten until hours later, when the itching starts.Do not scratch it, however, as that will only...

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  • Cautions in the lagoon

    Leave your bright jewelry at your hotel when you go swimming, snorkeling or scuba diving, as it can reflect the sun, and attract the attention of moray eels and sharks; and wear protective footgear when you're swimming in the lagoons and walking on the reef.

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  • The 3 S's: sunscreen, sea anemones and...

    1. Bring sunscreen.2. At the beach, mind the sea anemones.3. On Venus Beach, there is black sand. Wear sandals because... a. Dark colours absorb heat which is bad for bare feet. b. White tennis shoes will turn black straightaway.

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  • CASH WITHDRAWAL MACHINES

    Many of us tried to withdraw money from the ATMs in Tahiti and Moorea and failed, although there exist the PLUS (for VISA) and CIRRUS (for MASTERCARD) logos. A French lady with several cards informed us that finally, her FRENCH card worked. An Australian guy said that if your card has got both the CASH ADVANCE (credit card) and ATM-LINK (debit...

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  • BEACHES? WHEREFORE ART THOU?

    You might be a little misguided when you booked for a tour to French Polynesia, so here is a pointer.French Polynesia is a lagoon region, not really a beach place. Sure, there are spots of little and narrow beaches here and there but nothing like what you imagined of long, white stretch of sand and tranquility. For those, go to Mexico, Cuba, and...

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  • CURRENCY CHANGE MACHINE

    Meanwhile, many banks also do not provide currency change over the counter because there exist automatic machines to do the deed. However, note that about US$5 gets zapped for each transaction. That's very high commission if you do not change a lot of dollars.

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  • Beware of the floral leis

    Leis are as common in Tahiti and other tropical Pacific Islands as pickup trucks are in Virgilina. However, with some folks, myself included, they cause violent nasal allergies. If you're allergic to ragweed and pollen in the temperate zones, keep these leis at arm's length. Many countries are deathly afraid of the introduction of blights and...

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  • Update 2002- I have heard that...

    Update 2002- I have heard that since visiting CLub Med Moorea- it is or has closed down.I stayed in Papeete then flew out to Club Med Moorea, which was Ok but very hot and humid (no air conditioning) but lots of water to swim in ! The rooms are so-so, but no fridge to cool anything in was a bummer. Have to say that after the great treatment at the...

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  • ALTHOUGH THE NIGHTLIFE IN...

    ALTHOUGH THE NIGHTLIFE IN PAPEETE IS VERY GOOD IT DOES PAY TO GET DRUNK AS SOME BARS WILL CHARGE TWICE AS MUCH FOR A SOFT DRINK AS THEY WOULD FOR A BEER. WATCH OUT THOUGH IF YOU DO GET DRUNK AS THE WOMANS BOTTOM YOU ARE BUSY GROPING ON THE DANCE FLOOR QUITE OFTEN TURNS OUT TO BE A MAN!Pic:The palm trees just go on and on in Bora Bora

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  • As everywhere in this part of...

    As everywhere in this part of Ocean...some potential dangerous underwater wildlife is existing...such as stonefish, jellyfishes, sharks (don't worry) and poisonous coral.Look always where you put your feet.

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  • Everything that can hurt you...

    Everything that can hurt you is in the water but nothing is lethal.Just don't disturb the venimous stuff and they won't defend themselves.Actually, that goes for the landbound things and people as well!

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  • Sand flies and Mosquitos,...

    Sand flies and Mosquitos, Taking any reppelent is good, most Hotels and Bunglows, have had the grounds sprayed, and you will find Gecko,s eating up the mosqito life, great to watch them.

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  • Do not eat ceviche. I have an...

    Do not eat ceviche. I have an iron stomache but got a very bad case of the 'GIs' with high fever. Most likely from the river shrimp eaten raw. They call it 'poissont cru.'It sure was delicious, though.The water here is not fit for drinking, nor brushing your teeth.

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  • The best advice for travelling...

    The best advice for travelling in French Polynesia is to watch out for your money and do not trust Polynesian people with their fake friendly smile! Do not swim on the beach anywhere especially for heavy tourist commercial locations (Bora Bora, Huahine and other tourist destinations). You will get sick from lagoon after you swim on the lagoon. Do...

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  • Cone Shells - beware!

    When snorkeling or scuba diving, NEVER pick up a live cone shell. Certain species such as the Textile Cone (shown) are extemely poisonous and can inflict serious or even fatal stings!

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