Tips and tricks for visiting the French Polynesia

After spending three weeks in this natural paradise I have created a list of tips and tricks for visiting FP. I hope you will enjoy them and that they help you to save a few bucks! Comment below what you think πŸ™‚

  • Moorea – do not stay on the south of the island. There is almost nothing there and you will lose time getting to the northern part to find facilities, shops, beaches and eating options.
  • Mainly for Bora Bora – do not pay for a private helicopter tour, enjoy the view from the inter-island flights on Air Tahiti instead. You will get a window seat on every flight between the islands so you can enjoy even take nice photos.

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  • Air Tahiti – when flying with Air Tahiti, ask the crew which side of the aircraft will have better views. They will be happy to help you and you will marvel at the incredible sights of the islands below β™₯
  • Always have a snack and a bottle of water with you – there are moments when every single shop on the island is closed for whatever reason
  • Shopping for pearls – Buy them on the Tahiti Market or in the airport shop just after landing or before departing. Do not get lured into one of the expensive shops on Bora Bora or elsewhere, the prices can differ by hundreds of €. Buy souvenirs there too (you can save tens of euros).

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  1. Eating – Roulottes are the best thing – great food and atmosphere for a good value (one portion is usually huge enough to feed two persons). However, it is a bit heavy and the menu is somewhat limited so I would recommend the Yacht Club on Bora Bora or Coco D’ile on Moorea to change things up.
  2. Beware of homeless dogs – they can be aggressive and start chasing you out of the blue.
  3. Surfing – if you want to surf, do it on Tahiti – it’s your only option in Polynesia as the waves usually break further from shore and it is not suitable for beginners. You must be a seasoned surfer to try it there.
  4. Whale watching – if you are visiting during the whale season, do not miss out on this once in a lifetime experience! I can only recommend Moorea Dolphin Expedition tour. Harold did his best to show us these beautiful creatures with all the respect towards nature. If you are lucky, you can swim with them πŸ˜‰
  5. Buy Air Tahiti pass – that means that you do not have to overpay for inter-island flights. Check the website for more options and save hundreds of €.
  6. Rent a car from Eco car – they have unbeatable prices and you can take the car by ferry to Moorea as well (but drive carefully as their insurance cover is quite limited) which is a bit tricky driving on the terrible Tahiti roads.
  7. Do not spend much time in Tahiti – it is crowded, polluted and does not have too much to offer compared to other Polynesian islands.
  8. Pay a visit to Huahine – this island is such a paradise I am going to write a separate blog about it!

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  • Buy sunscreen and mosquito repellent back home – it can be pretty expensive in Polynesia as everything needs to be imported from a great distance.

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