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1. Posted by AUNTIE1 (Budding Member 4 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Hi everyone

I booked my round the world ticket yesterday and one of the destinations included is Tahiti. I am now getting the impression that packpackers generally go to Fiji instead. Has anyone been there, any advice? I will be travelling alone - will there be many packpackers there? It seems as though it is quite expensive to go there, can you go there on a budget?

I will be there on around the 3rd July.

Thanks for everyones help in advance.


2. Posted by romoloc (First Time Poster 1 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

I live here and I can say that Fiji is a favourite stop-over place for round-the-world backpackers such as yourself. I have a son and daughter who did it and enjoyed it very much. If you tell me more about what you want to do I can give you some tips.

3. Posted by gandk (Full Member 100 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

hi there,

just some coments i have heard from people,i spoke to someone who returned from there a few weeks ago and said its super expensive and some people can be quite rude and he didn't enjoy it at all. I have heard great thigs about fiji so check that out instead if i was you.

(ps i have just changed my travel plans for the same reason)

4. Posted by magykal1 (Travel Guru 2026 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Tahiti and french polynesia are renowned for being pricey. Check out Fiji, the Cook Islands, Samoa (my recommendation) and Tonga, all of which might be possible on your RTW ticket, and more welcoming and affordable for backpackers...

5. Posted by kir19 (Inactive 55 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

i've been to both fiji and tahiti...while they are both beautiful places to visit, i enjoyed my stay in fiji much more...
tahiti is quite expensive and there are not too many backpackers around...i was on the main island of tahiti and the island of moorea and most people were wealthy americans/europeans staying at upscale hotels...if you can, i would change my plans and go to fiji instead. check out octopus's on waya island in the yasawa group....

6. Posted by john7buck (Respected Member 458 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

I'm in agreement with the rest of the advice here. I backpacked through Tahiti, Cook Islands and Fiji. Tahiti is beautiful for sure, but not very backpacker friendly ~ a little more suited for honeymooning and quite expensive. Plus I got bedbugs on Moorea so that was kind of unpleasant.

Anyway, if you go, you won't have a bad time, but if you have a choice, I'd go with Fiji. I also really like the Cook Islands, but they're pretty quiet and laid back. I got dive certified there which was pretty cheap and some of the most amazing diving I've done.