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The Islands of Tahiti Holidays

Also known as French Polynesia, holidays to the Islands of Tahiti guarantee stunning tropical scenery and dreamy beaches, combined with a warm South Pacific welcome.

The Islands of Tahiti’s 118 islands stretch over an area the size of Europe, so it can be difficult to know which of the country's idyllic islands to choose. Most of the islands boast shallow lagoons, with forest-clad slopes and gorgeous sandy coves. The waters surrounding them are also protected UNESCO Biosphere Reserves, rich in marine life. Go snorkelling or diving and you’ll likely see an array of creatures from manta rays to dolphins and lemon sharks.

There are five groups of islands to discover - the Austral, Gambier, Marquesas, Society and Tuamotu archipelagos. The capital city and international gateway is Papeete, found on the largest island, Tahiti but you can easily island hop between them. From small ship cruising to sailing around on a luxury catamaran, there are many ways to help you explore.

In the Society Islands, pick between Moorea with its dramatic volcanic landscape, Huahine, Tahiti where the cultures from all the archipelagos collide, Tahaa, Raiatea or Bora Bora - probably the most well-known of them all. Bora Bora is the ultimate romantic retreat, with its secluded beaches and overwater bungalows floating above turquoise waters. Here you can enjoy traditional Polynesian room service with a canoe breakfast delivered directly to your overwater villa.

Whether it be for your dream honeymoon, a romantic retreat or spending time with family, we recommend staying on more than one of these beautiful atolls so you get to experience the Polynesian culture and island life first hand. Once arrived, it will be more than worth it, but with long flight times getting here; why not stop on route to break up the journey and arrive at your pacific paradise refreshed? Choose from Los Angeles, San Francisco, Japan or Hong Kong to name a few great cities to stop on route and break up the journey. Situated between the United States and Australia, the islands of Tahiti also make the ideal stopover for your journey Down Under.

One visit to this island nation and it’s easy to see why it has captured the hearts of travellers for centuries; Captain James Cook and the French artist, Paul Gauguin, included.

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Places to stay in Islands of Tahiti

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Tahitian island explorer

Tahitian Island Explorer

16 Day Suggested Itinerary
From £7,499 per person

Spend some time on the main island of Tahiti, before discovering the stunning French Polynesian islands, fringed with palm trees and untouched coral reefs.

Great for
  • Beaches & boats
  • Culture & history
  • Luxury travel
  • Wildlife & nature
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Paul Gauguin Tahiti and Society Islands Cruise

8 Day Cruise
From £2,089 per adult

The Paul Gauguin was designed specifically to sail the shallow seas of Tahiti and French Polynesia, visiting small ports and paradise beaches that larger ships cannot reach.

Great for
  • Beaches & boats
  • Food & wine
  • Luxury travel
  • Round the world
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Tahiti Island Hopping Essentials

7 Day Package
From £839 per person

With just over a hundred islands and atolls in the Islands of Tahiti, island hopping is a must.

Great for
  • Beaches & boats
  • Luxury travel
  • Round the world
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Tahiti and Islands with Archipels Cruise

16 Day suggested itinerary
16 days from £4,695 per adult

Cruise aboard a luxurious sail catamaran discovering some of the paradise islands that make up the Islands of Tahiti. This is likely to be the sailing trip of a lifetime.

Great for
  • Beaches & boats
  • Food & wine
  • Luxury travel
  • Round the world

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Traveller's guide

  • Travellers Guide: 

    Useful information

    Currency: Pacific Franc (CFP)

    Language(s): French and Tahitian, though most hotels and services also speak English

    Time difference: GMT -10

    Flying time: approx. 30 hours + 2 stops

    International airport: Papeete (code: PPT)

    Recommended airlines: Air New Zealand, Cathay Pacific and Singapore Airlines

    Visa: British citizens do not require a visa to travel to the Islands of Tahiti if your stay is less than 90 days. However, you will need a valid passport for at least six months from your date of arrival.

    Best time to visit the Islands of Tahiti

    The Islands of Tahiti enjoy balmy temperatures year-round. However, the same as most other South Pacific islands, they have a dry season and a wet season.

    High season: winter (May to Oct)

    • Dry season means sunny days and pleasant temperatures in the high 20s.
    • The holiday months of July and August are when the islands are at their busiest so book your accommodation well in advance if planning to travel in peak season.

    Shoulder season: autumn and spring (Apr to May and Oct to Nov)

    • Temperatures become more comfortable and there’s less humidity from April as the wet season comes to an end, while October and November are pleasant though can see the odd tropical shower.
    • The shoulder months provide an ideal combination of sunshine and warmth, outside of peak travel times.

    Low season: summer (Nov to Apr)

    • Wet season in the Islands of Tahiti means high humidity and temperatures with heavy rainfall, especially in the months of December and January.
    • Temperatures reach the 30s and remain in the high 20s at night so an air-conditioned room is a must.
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    Getting to the Islands of Tahiti

    As the most eastern islands in the South Pacific, the Islands of Tahiti are a great stopover option if flying to Australia or New Zealand via LA. Or the perfect place to soak up some sun before heading home. If visiting one (or more) of the islands for your honeymoon, you can also combine with a short stopover in a buzzing South East Asian city to break up the flights.

    See all our stopover destinations here.

    Approximate flying times:

    • London Heathrow to Papeete = 30 hours + 2 stops
    • Sydney to Papeete = 9 hours 30 minutes + 1 stop
    • Los Angeles to Papeete = 8 hours 30 minutes
    • Auckland to Papeete = 5 hours

    Getting around the Islands of Tahiti

    The Islands of Tahiti’s domestic carrier is Air Tahiti with an impressive network covering 47 of the islands. For instance, flying to Moorea takes just 15 minutes and a flight to Bora Bora around 50 minutes. Or of course, you can also get between islands by boat, the arguably more scenic way to travel. When on the islands, the best way to get around is by hiring your own car or scooter. While public transport is only available on the largest island, Tahiti.