Climate: French Polynesia has a tropical climate. November to April is warm and rainy, while May to October is cooler and drier. Average air temperature 23 – 26°C / 73 – 79°F
Water Temperature: 26 – 29°C / 79 – 83°F
Time: UTC -10:00 (TAHT)
Language: French and Tahitian. English is spoken in major establishments
Currency: Pacific CFP franc. U.S. dollar and European Euro notes are widely accepted in major establishments
Electricity: 110 / 220 Volts. U.S. Standard Plugs
Marriage Requirements: Please contact the local tourism board for instructions and requirements.
Airport(s): Tahiti International Airport (PPT)
Hyperbaric Chambers: Hospital Jean Prince
Even migrating humpback whales can’t resist the alure of Tahiti and Her Islands, officially known as French Polynesia. Walls, wrecks and and a unique underwater world with leopard rays, madrepores and underwater springs await you. Sprinkled over four million square kilometers (one and a half million sq. miles) of ocean in the eastern South Pacific, the total land area of these 118 islands and atolls adds up to only 4,000 sq. km. ( 1,544 sq. miles), and consists of five archipelagoes: the Society Islands, Austral Islands, Marquesas Islands, Tuamotu atolls and the Mangareva Islands. Papeete, the capital of French Polynesia, is located on Tahiti, the largest island, at 17 degrees 32 min. S. Latitude and 149 degrees 34 min. W. Longitude; 6,520 km (4,050 miles) from California, 5,390 km ( 3,350 miles) from Australia, 9,500 km ( 5,900 miles) from Japan, 8,000 km ( 4,900 miles) from South America and 17,700 km ( 11,000 miles) from Europe.Read More
We had a wonderful time. The resort and room were very nice. We tried to take advantage of everything the accommodations had to offer. Our own swimming pool was great and the outdoor shower and tub were wonderful extras. The room itself was clean and well-furnished. It was probably one of the nicest rooms of all our travels. Staff were very helpful and friendly. The food was delicious, especially for an out-of-the-way resort. The breakfast buffet had lots of choices and we never left feeling hungry. The grounds were very nice too, although very little rain over the preceding five or six months made the landscaping a little dry and wilted. That all changed on the last few days of the trip- lots of rain, but everyone was happy after so many weeks without it. When we were not diving, we rented bikes and peddled around, walked across the street to the sandy beach, and walked into the little village for snacks, beer and a few take home meals, and of course to watch the dolphins jump and play in the channel before sunset. The restaurant was a little pricy and we had worked our way through the menu pretty quickly, so we needed some variety. We ate out once at Te Mao with another couple from California. The meal and drinks were very good and we would recommend it for anyone who wants to get out of the resort for an evening. I would recommend that visitors exchange some money in Tahiti before going to Rangiroa. Credit cards are accepted, but it’s hard to get local cash in Rangiroa. Also, very few places to pick up things you might have forgotten at home, so pack wisely.
Diving was very exciting. It was certainly an intermediate to advance dive location. The strong current was thrilling, but moving around in it (and following divemaster instructions) required skill and fitness. Topside conditions were rough- preparation, entries and exits had to be done quickly and efficiently. Some of the divemasters were better than others. Claudio was clearly our favorite. Divemasters and boat captains helped with gear; everything was ready to go on the boat each trip. Nitrox- this is a nitrox-only resort. No air. Although, the shop wasn’t too concerned abut non-nitrox certified divers. The shop was concerned about a check-out dive, which we had not expected to do. The language barrier made it a little difficult to understand the requirements for a checkout dive. I would recommend that future guests/divers look into this first thing and be aware. Since diving here requires more skills, divemasters want to make sure divers can handle themselves, which is understandable, but the requirement for a checkout dive should be explicitly stated. The animals were awesome, dolphins, rays, sharks, and barracuda were highlights. The reef is poor; not much to see. Good buoyancy and breathing are essential. On three occasions, one of us either almost ran out of air or actually ran out. It easy to over breathe when working hard underwater.