Tahiti Yacht Charter Boats Information
• GEOGRAPHICAL LOCATION OF FRENCH POLYNESIA
Tahiti and its islands are situated in the South Pacific, 17,000 km from Europe. The 118 islands that constitute the territory are scattered on a surface area as large as Europe.
From Los Angeles : 7 hrs 30
From New Zealand: 4 hrs 30
From Japan: 12 hours
From Chili : 10 hours
• THE POPULATION
The traditional Polynesian welcome is usually extended with songs, merry orchestras and flower leis and this is how the locals have always greeted visitors. This is a beautiful custom so revealing of their happy nature and sense of hospitality.
Population: 240 000 approximately, of whom two thirds live on the island of Tahiti.
Ethnic distribution: Polynesians 83% - Europeans 12 % - Chinese 5%
• TROPICAL CLIMATE –
The French Polynesian islands enjoy a tropical climate with a maximum amount of sunshine reaching 3,000 hours annually in the Tuamotus!
*The temperatures, always pleasant, are cooled by the Trade Winds blowing all year round. Average temperature is 27°C, while water temperature is 25°C.
• JET LAG
11-12 hours with Europe
2-3 hours with the west coast of the United States
6 hours with Chile.
French and Tahitian are both official languages.
English is commonly used.
A valid passport is required of all visitors (prior visa is necessary for some countries but they are very few). Vaccinations not required.
The currency is the French Pacific franc (CFP).
1 Euro = 119 CFP
1 US $ = 130 CFP
(rates at 4/6/2002)
The network of banks and ATM's is quite dense on the main islands.
VISA is the most widely used bank card.
• INTERNATIONAL AIR SERVICES
- Eight weekley flights from Paris, via Los Angeles, with AIR TAHITI NUI, AIR FRANCE.
- One daily flight from Los Angeles with the three above-mentioned airlines plus AIR NEW ZEALAND or HAWAIAN AIRLINES
Two or three weekly flights from Osaka and Tokyo with AIR TAHITI NUI
- One weekly flight from Auckland with AIR TAHITI NUI
- Two weekly flights from Santiago with LAN CHILE
• AIR TAHITI DOMESTIC NETWORK
Air Tahiti serves 40 islands and atolls in French Polynesia with a modern fleet of ATR 42 and 72 operating scheduled flights. The flight schedule may be consulted and bookings easily made with all travels agents.
• PREPARING LUGGAGE APPROPRIATELY
It is always recommended to travel lightly. Better use bags instead of rigid suitcases.
Light clothing, a sweat shirt or a windbreaker are recommanded – plastic shoes to wade in water – adequate sun protection (hat / cap – glasses – appropriate creams).
Antimosquito sprays may prove useful at times while ashore, although there is no mosquitoes aboard the boat.
A wide selection of beautiful pareos may be purchased locally.