A GUIDE TO THE ISLANDS OF TAHITI
Travelers have had long had Tahiti and the islands of French Polynesia on their radar. The South Pacific islands are custom made by Mother Nature. The scenery is absolutely spectacular with crystal-clear water and thatched roofed bungalows scattered along the beach.
Tahiti is enjoyed by solo travelers, families and nature adventurers alike. Some of the resorts and islands cater to children free vacations so be sure to check the rules of your accommodation before booking.
Where is it?
The 118 islands of French Polynesia are found in the South Pacific Ocean, an eight hour flight from Los Angeles and about half way between Hawaii and Fiji. Covering two million square miles and divided into smaller groups, Tahiti is the biggest island in the cluster. The capital city of Papeete is one of the most visited places on the Society Islands which also include Moorea and Bora Bora.
Not to be forgotten are the small coral atolls that make up Tuamotu Island, Fakarava and Tikehau. For those travelers who would like a more secluded stay should visit the Marquesas Islands, Austral Islands and Gambier Islands, which are reachable by boat.
Timing is Everything
Tahiti is nestled in the tropics with warm weather and sunshine all year around. Water temperatures are a comfortable 26 degrees Celsius (80F). The best time to visit is during the winter months of May to October. If you are a seasoned traveler who doesn’t mind the humidity the summer months of November to October will be fine for you. In the summer months late afternoon or night time downpours may be experienced but the sunshine makes up for it during the day.
Most countries offer flights that, at the very least will take you to connecting countries. For American travelers Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) is the go to airport to visit the French Polynesian Islands. The island’s official airplane carrier is Air Tahiti Nui; who offer non stop flights to Papeete’s Faa’a Airport. Air France, Air New Zealand and Quantas fly a few times a week to the islands. For those wanting to experience Hawaii before embarking to French Polynesia from Honolulu on a weekly basis with Hawaiian Airlines.