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Tahiti is the largest and most populated (just under 200,000 inhabitants) island of the Windwards Islands of French Polynesia. It is located in the Society Islands archipelago in the northwestern region of the country. The capital is Papeete.
Tahiti measures over 1,000 square kilometres and contains two round parts centred around volcanic mountains. The parts are connected by a narrow isthmus. Mount Orohena is the highest mountain at 2,241 metres above sea level. The northwestern part is Tahiti Nui (big Tahiti). Here you will find Papeete, the airport and many hotels and beaches. Tahiti Iti (small Tahiti) is much more quiet. You can drive around Tahiti Nui and there even is a rougher road across the interior. Tahiti Iti has some roads along the coastline as well, but you can not drive around.
Located almost entirely within the tropics, the climate of Tahiti is tropical. The average temperatures are around 28 to 32 degrees Celcius during the day and still well above 20 degrees at night. The hotter months are between November and April and this is also the wet season (which peaks in January) with much more rain compared to June to September. Also, occasional tropical storms hit the islnd during this time, though certainly not every year.
Faa'a International Airport (PPT), 5 kilometres southwest of Papeete, handles all international flights to and from French Polynesia. The national carrier, Air Tahiti Nui, flies to Auckland, New York, Los Angeles, Osaka, Paris, Sydney and Tokyo.
Other airlines flying into PPT include Air France (from Los Angles and Paris), Air New Zealand (Aukland), Hawaiianair (Honolulu), Air Tahiti (Rarotonga), Aircalin (Nouméa) and Lan Chile (Hanga Roa, Santiago de Chile).
There are two airlines operating scheduled domestic air services.
Tahiti - Moorea vv
There are ferries and catamarans travelling between Tahiti and Moorea several times daily. It takes between half an hour and an hour to travel between Tahiti and Moorea, depending on which company you go with. The car ferries, such as those run by Mo'orea Ferry, are slower than the high-speed ferries, which take only passengers, motorcycles and bicycles. The Ono-Ono has at least four crossings daily. The Aremiti 5 and the Moorea Express travel between Tahiti and Moorea six or more times daily between 6:00am and 4:30pm and this takes only 30 minutes.
There are also services, often combined with cargo, to more outlying islands, but on an less frequent basis, sometimes even only once a month. Boats usually leave from Papeete. Destinations include the Marquesas Islands, Austral Islands, Tuamota Archipelago, Bora Bora and even as far as the Gambier islands (Mangareva). An brief overview of the boats travelling to island further afield include:
Check the ferry link about all possibilities.
You can rent cars on Tahiti and a 4wd is only recommended when visiting some inland tracks. Fares are high, but as you don't need a car for more than a few days, it is not that bad, especially if you are with 3 or 4 people to share costs.
Motorcycles, scooters and bikes are for rent as well.
Tahiti offers buses and minibuses on fixed routes, and are relatively cheap.
|Bonjouir Lodge Paradise||Fenua aihere Teahupoo B.P 8255||Hostel||-|
|Fare Suisse||BP 20255 Paofai||Hostel||90|
|Taaroa Lodge||B.P. 498 98713 Papeete, TAHITI||Guesthouse||77|
|Tahiti Hotel a Pueu||French Polynesia Tahiti Tahiti Tahiti iti||Hostel||-|
|Taharuu Lodge||pk39 montain side Taharuu beach,PAPARA||Hostel||80|
|A Pueu Village House||PK 9,8 Route de Tautira Pueu||Hostel||-|
|Hiti Moana Villa||Papara||Guesthouse||83|
|Pension Bonjouir||98719 Taravao||Guesthouse||80|
|Pension Te Miti||BP 130088 Punaauia 98717 moana nui TAHITI||Guesthouse||81|
|Pension Te Miti||BP 130088 Punaauia 98717 pk 18,6c/mont Paea||GUESTHOUSE||-|
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