Tahiti is an idyllic island holiday destination in the South Pacific and the people here are as friendly and laid back as you’d expect anyone living in this tropical paradise to be. They are kind and generous and very respectful, as you should also be when coming to enjoy their beautiful homeland. It’s not uncommon to hear random strangers say hello to each other on the street and you should of course return the favour. The philosophy of Tahiti is simply 'aita pea pea' or not to worry, which is very much like Australia’s ‘no worries’ lifestyle but perhaps even more laid back. Remember to be polite and patient (‘island time’ is in full swing here) and you will receive everything you ask for and more, including a big smile from the warm and welcoming people.
Tahiti’s currency is the same as that used in all of French Polynesia, and is most commonly called the French Pacific Franc. Typically abbreviated to XPF or CFP, Tahiti’s currency features both coins and bank notes. Coins come in denominations of 1, 2, 5, 10, 20, 50 and 100 while notes are available in denominations of 500, 1000, 5000 and 10 000. Similar to Australian dollars, the notes of Tahiti’s currency are colourful and feature the faces of famous Tahitian figures. Currency exchange can easily be found at the airport and within banks in the main town of Papeete.
Most hotels and cafes offer WiFi internet access for a fee or complimentary in some selected areas. When it comes to plugging in your devices, Tahiti uses the American two-pin rectangular or two-pin and prong socket (220V/50hz). For international dialling use 0011 + country code + local number. Tahiti’s telephone country code is +689 however there are no area codes used in Tahiti, so you can simply dial the local number to be connected. When trying to contact home, particularly by phone remember the time difference. The Los Angeles time zone is UTC-10.
It’s rare that visitors are too concerned about getting around Tahiti as such, with most content to just kick back and relax or join a tour for a bit of sightseeing. However if you’re up for exploring on your own, ‘le truck’ is the most common form of transportation around Tahiti. An open air public bus with wooden passenger cabins, this cheap and cheerful bus stops by the side of the road and only costs a couple of dollars to jump on, generally delivering you in the centre of town or to the market. Private cars are available for hire however generally these are unnecessary. Bicycles are available for hire and these are an excellent way of getting around Tahiti at your own leisure. Ferries, catamarans and cruises also offer launch transfers between Tahiti and Moorea and cost around $15 one way.
Visas are not required for Australian travellers to gain entry to Tahiti under a visa waiver program however a current Australian passport is needed. Australian visitors to Tahiti can stay for a maximum of 90 days. To gain entry into Tahiti, visitors must present completed arrival and departure forms which will be provided on your incoming flight. You may also have to provide proof of a return plane ticket. You are not required to complete a customs declaration upon arrival unless you need to declare imported goods.