In French Indonesia, daily temperatures run in the 70's and 80's almost all-year-round. December-February is the hottest, most humid and rainiest time. The months of May-November tend to have the lowest rainfall and are around 10 degrees cooler.
U.S. and Canadian citizens need a valid passport, proof of onward passage and sufficient funds.
Mosquitoes are plentiful in French Polynesia but they do not carry malaria. Take along insect repellant to protect against dengue fever. Vaccinations against hepatitis are recommended, and a vaccination against rabies is also recommended.
Tahiti's currency is the pacific franc. One American dollar equals approximately 98 francs. Click here for updated currency information on the franc.
Tipping: Tipping goes against the Polynesian notion of hospitality, but as tourism grows, tipping is becoming more and more accepted, although not expected. It is recommended that you take along little things such as T-shirts or caps to thank those who have assisted you.
Shop for handmade crafts such as pandanus baskets, tapa-cloth decorations, tiki statues, ukelales, and hand-painted pareus (a fabric wrap worn as a skirt), and soaps and lotions made from monoi coconut oil. If you know a lot about judging the quality of pearls, you'll have fun in French Polynesia (the inexperienced may get ripped off). Polynesia is also famous for its tattoos!
Voltage: 110/220 V; Plugs A, B, & E. We recommend getting a universal adapter and converter kit, although in some cases, you may not need it. Click here for more information about electrical standards around the world.