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TAHITI CRUISE

Bora Bora - Tahiti | March 17-25, 2022

We do not want to stop encouraging you and feeding your desire to travel! to love! to live! Join us in the ultra-luxurious and exclusive Tahiti Cruise 2022.

From: $3,999.50 – $16,500 USD per person

Join us in the ultra-luxurious and exclusive SpicyMatch & LLV Tahiti Cruise 2022.

A completely redesigned ship without peer. Every surface of every suite and stateroom is entirely new, while in the public spaces, an exquisitely encompasses inimitable style and comfort. From the bejeweled new chandeliers, a rejuvenation so sweeping, you will find it positively unimaginable. Luxury and seduction in the same place, sexy, sleek, and elegantly charming.

The decks are resplendent in the finest teak, custom stone, and tile work, and her lounges, suites, and staterooms boast luxurious, neo-classical furnishings. The LLV 2022 Tahiti Cruise offers every luxury you may expect to get from an LLV event.

She features four unique, open-seating restaurants, the Aquamar Spa + Vitality Center, eight lounges and bars, a casino and 342 lavish suites, and luxurious staterooms (70% with private verandas).

Experience a warm and sensual atmosphere with a unique touch of LLV. Feel wonderful as you meet new couples, prepare for the fascinating ports of call around French Polynesia, drink cocktails, and share adventures. Join LLV during the say with sexy and fun games around the pool, or perhaps simply relax with your couple in one of the playrooms.

The stimulating variety of entertainment options onboard ensures your interests are piqued, and yous fantasies come true.

 

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ITINERARY

 

THEME NIGHTS

Sexy theme nights will be announced soon so you can start planning. We can’t wait to see what you bring to paradise for the fun!

 

CUISINE

The Grand Dining Room

 The Grand Dining Room is a study in stateliness, a tribute to the spirit of Europe’s marquee 5-star hotel restaurants that inspired its dignified yet convivial ambiance. Handsomely decorated in rich woods, designer tapestry fabrics and oversized armchairs, the expansive dining area exudes classic splendor. Tables are beautifully set with bone china, sparkling Riedel crystal, gleaming silver, and fine cotton linens. Remarkably, as sumptuous as The Grand Dining Room’s decor is, guests always feel completely at ease within its grandeur. Much of that is a direct reflection of the formally attired and classically trained wait staff, graciously serving course after course of European-inspired cuisine or delectable alternatives such as light and healthy Aquamar Vitality Cuisine and plant-based options. And on board Regatta, Insignia, Nautica and Sirena signature specials from Jacques and Red Ginger are featured nightly in The Grand Dining Room. As variety is essential, menus change daily with a brilliant choice of at least ten appetizers, soups and salads and twelve entrées at dinner.

 

The Bistro

Inspired by the family recipes of our Executive Culinary Director, Jacques Pépin, The Bistro invites you to enjoy quintessential French dishes as well as lunchtime favorites and regional specialties during lunch in The Grand Dining Room. The menu features some of Jacques’ favorite bistro-style dishes like the crisp salade niçoise and a warm croque-monsieur as well as a rich range of global flavors with Taste of the World selections from Mexico, Scandinavia, Italy, Thailand, Morocco and beyond. Daily specials offer even more choices and opportunities to savor a new and different dish or a time-honored classic you crave. Bon appétit!

Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. No reservations required.

 

Polo Grill

 Polo Grill embodies all the elements of a classic steakhouse, expressing them with timeless reverence. Mindful of tradition, the decor features crisp, white linen tablecloths, dark wood furnishings and supple, high-back, burgundy leather chairs. Each course stands as the very definition of time-honored favorites, most notably the beef dishes, all of which are USDA Prime and dry-aged for 28 days to enhance tenderness and flavor. Succulent seafood dishes such as Grilled Swordfish and Whole Maine Lobster Gratinée are also classics in their own right. The Classic Caesar Salad, too, is prepared according to tradition, tableside and with gusto.

Open for dinner only. Reservations required.

 

Toscana

 In Italian, Toscana means Tuscan, and just as Tuscan cuisine evolved from rich family traditions, many of our recipes originated with the mothers and grandmothers of our own Italian culinary staff. Presented on elegant, custom-designed Versace china, masterfully prepared dishes exemplify the essence of Tuscany and celebrate Italy’s culinary passion. Perhaps the evening begins with an appetizer of Octopus Carpaccio with Champagne Vinaigrette or the Artichoke and Parmesan Cheese Timbale with Black Truffle Sauce. Classic dishes from other regions of Northern Italy are featured as well, such as the Minestrone alla Genovese, Lasagne al Forno alla Bolognese and Osso Buco alla Milanese.

Open for dinner only. Reservations required.

 

Terrace Cafe

 Informal and carefree, the Terrace Café is wonderfully inviting any time of day–feel free to dine inside or alfresco at one of the shaded teak tables on the terrace. First thing in the morning, enjoy sumptuous breakfast selections. Come lunch, the expansive menu of international-inspired dishes changes entirely, beautifully complemented by flavorful roasted and rotisserie meats and the magic of the pizzeria’s oven. Feel free to dine inside or alfresco at one of the shaded teak tables on the terrace. Evenings, the impeccably clad wait staff shines, and the cuisine takes on a more sophisticated flair. Lobster tails and lamb chops are prepared to order, and freshly made hand-cut sushi and sashimi await your selection. Tomorrow, an entirely different series of menus awaits the opportunity to delight you.

Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. No reservations required.

 

Waves Grill

 Sometimes, the ultimate luxury is casual dining on all-American favorites, a laid-back style Waves Grill epitomizes. Located in a spacious, shaded area steps from the swimming pool, Waves Grill offers an extensive and mouthwatering luncheon menu. During lunch, the chefs grill gourmet burgers, tangy barbecue and succulent seafood to order in the open galley, accompanying them with side dishes like garden-fresh salads and crispy, hand-cut truffle fries dusted with grated aged parmesan.

Open for lunch and afternoon dining only. No reservations required.

 

Afternoon Tea

 Teatime is a celebratory daily event that irresistibly draws guests to Horizons at four o’clock sharp. As a classical string quartet plays softly in the background, our staff glides through the room presenting bountiful four-tiered pastry carts filled with freshly made finger sandwiches, colorful petits fours, richly textured scones with clotted cream and wonderfully sinful desserts. Of course, a selection of herbal teas is the centerpiece of this splendid afternoon pastime.

Daily at 4pm. No reservations required.

 

Baristas

 Specialty Coffee. This delightful coffee bar is a favorite stop for java lovers. Enjoy complimentary illy® espressos, cappuccinos, and lattes prepared by our master baristas, as well as the delicious pastries, finger sandwiches, and homemade biscotti that draw so many to Baristas throughout the day. Whether your favorite coffee creation is a macchiato or a cool and refreshing illy crema, the chic and bold ambiance of Baristas is perfect for relaxing inquietude or socializing with newfound friends.

Open daily until early evening. No reservations required.

 

Room Service

 After a day of enriching shore excursions ashore or various activities onboard, you may dine in the privacy of your suite or stateroom. An extensive Room Service menu is available around the clock. Enjoy breakfast, lunch or dinner on your private veranda, as you take in spectacular seascapes.

Complimentary room service is available 24 hours a day.

 

 

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  • Year Built: 1998
  • Refurbishment Date: 2019
  • Gross Tonnage: 30,277
  • Length: 593.7 feet
  • Beam: 83.5 feet
  • Cruising Speed: 18 knots
  • Guest Decks: 9
  • Guest Capacity (Double Occupancy): 684
  • Staff Size: 400
  • Guest-to-Staff Ratio: 1.71 to 1
  • Nationality of Officers: European
  • Country of Registry: Marshall Islands

 

Deck Plans

 

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DECK 3, 4, 5 and 6 (Click on the image to enlarge)

 

DECK 7, 8, 9, 10 and 11 (Click on the image to enlarge)

 

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The Luxury of Space Abounds

The generous dimensions of the suites and staterooms afford the ultimate in luxury. A fashionable color palette blends sea, sky, and comforting earth tones to create a soothing environment that invites relaxation. Every suite and stateroom on board will be imbued with an even more luxurious ambiance, featuring designer residential furnishings, fine fabrics, and plush draperies, chic lighting, and much more.

 

Suites Add Another Dimension

All suites are uncommonly spacious for added comfort. Penthouse Suites offer oversized living and dining areas, and marble and granite-clad bathrooms with a shower.

The Owner’s Suites and Vista Suites offer everything you would expect in a world-class hotel, elevating sea-going opulence to new levels. Resplendent with custom Empire-style furnishings from Italy onboard, each has its own bedroom, dining area and so much more.

 

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Inside Stateroom F | G

Beautifully re-designed with a modern flair, these private retreats boast 160 square feet of luxury. Highlights include a comfortable seating area, vanity desk, refrigerated minibar, and plenty of storage. The ingenious use of space is complemented by the re-inspired decor.

Inside Stateroom Amenities

  • Ultra Tranquility Bed, an Oceania Cruises Exclusive
  • Complimentary and extensive 24-hour room service menu
  • Plush cotton towels
  • Thick cotton robes and slippers
  • Bulgari amenities
  • Handheld hairdryer
  • A flat-screen television with live satellite news and programming
  • DVD player with extensive media library
  • Wireless Internet access and cellular service
  • Writing desk and stationary
  • Security safe
  • All Suites and Staterooms are Smoke-Free

All Cabins will have a one-time additional charge of $375.00 p/p, and all Suites, Penthouses, Vista and Owner Suite $450.00 p/p; this fee will be added to the last installment to cover Port Charges, Taxes, Document Fees, Gratuities, Administration and Security Fees.

$3,999.50 USD per person

 

Ocean View Porthole – D

The light from a classic porthole illuminates the stunning decor in these 165-square-foot staterooms, tastefully designed to maximize space and convenience. Enjoy a comfortable seating area with a sofa on which to stretch out, as well as a vanity desk, breakfast table, and refrigerated mini-bar.

 

Ocean View Stateroom Amenities

  • Ultra Tranquility Bed, an Oceania Cruises Exclusive
  • Complimentary 24-hour room service
  • Signature Belgian chocolates with nightly turndown service
  • Plush cotton towels
  • Thick cotton robes and slippers
  • Bulgari amenities
  • Handheld hairdryer
  • Wireless Internet access and cellular service
  • Writing desk and stationary
  • A flat-screen television with live satellite news and programming
  • DVD player with the extensive 24-hour room service menu
  • Security safe

All Cabins will have a one-time additional charge of $375.00 p/p, and all Suites, Penthouses, Vista and Owner Suite $450.00 p/p; this fee will be added to the last installment to cover Port Charges, Taxes, Document Fees, Gratuities, Administration and Security Fees.

$4,350 USD per person

 

Ocean View – E

Centrally located on deck 6, these 143-square-foot staterooms offer a fresh new palette and a panorama window with obstructed views. Features include a vanity desk, refrigerated mini-bar, small breakfast table, and an ample closet.

 

Ocean View Stateroom Amenities

  • Ultra Tranquility Bed, an Oceania Cruises Exclusive
  • Bulgari amenities
  • Signature Belgian chocolates with nightly turndown service
  • Complimentary 24-hour room service
  • A flat-screen television with a DVD player and extensive media library
  • Wireless Internet access and cellular service
  • Writing desk and stationary
  • Plush cotton towels
  • Thick cotton robes and slippers
  • Handheld hairdryer
  • Security safe

All Cabins will have a one-time additional charge of $375.00 p/p, and all Suites, Penthouses, Vista and Owner Suite $450.00 p/p; this fee will be added to the last installment to cover Port Charges, Taxes, Document Fees, Gratuities, Administration and Security Fees.

$4,500 USD per person

 

Stateroom – C1 | C2

With entirely re-designed closets, dressers and vanities, these 165-square foot staterooms feel even more spacious. A generous seating area, vanity desk, refrigerated mini-bar, and breakfast table are perfectly complemented by the soothing hues and stylish fabrics of the sleek new decor.

Deluxe Ocean View Stateroom Amenities

  • Ultra Tranquility Bed, an Oceania Cruises Exclusive
  • Complimentary 24-hour room service
  • Wireless Internet access and cellular service
  • Writing desk and stationary
  • Plush cotton towels
  • Thick cotton robes and slippers
  • Bulgari amenities
  • Handheld hairdryer
  • A flat-screen television with live satellite news and programming
  • DVD player with the extensive 24-hour room service menu
  • Security safe

All Cabins will have a one-time additional charge of $375.00 p/p, and all Suites, Penthouses, Vista and Owner Suite $450.00 p/p; this fee will be added to the last installment to cover Port Charges, Taxes, Document Fees, Gratuities, Administration and Security Fees.

$4,500 USD per person

 

Veranda B1 | B2

Custom-crafted furnishings, exotic stone finishes, supple upholstered headboards, and chic lighting are just a few of the enhancements within these 216-square-foot staterooms that also boast our most popular luxury – a private teak veranda for watching the ever-changing panoramas. Conveniences within each stateroom include a vanity desk, refrigerated mini-bar, breakfast table, and spacious seating area.

Veranda Stateroom Amenities

  • Ultra Tranquility Bed, an Oceania Cruises Exclusive
  • Private teak veranda
  • Twice daily maid service
  • Complimentary 24-hour room service
  • Signature Belgian chocolates with nightly turndown service
  • Plush cotton towels
  • Thick cotton robes and slippers
  • Bulgari amenities
  • Handheld hairdryer
  • Wireless Internet access and cellular service
  • Writing desk and stationary
  • A flat-screen television with live satellite news and programming
  • DVD player with the extensive 24-hour room service menu
  • Security safe

All Cabins will have a one-time additional charge of $375.00 p/p, and all Suites, Penthouses, Vista and Owner Suite $450.00 p/p; this fee will be added to the last installment to cover Port Charges, Taxes, Document Fees, Gratuities, Administration and Security Fees.

$5000 USD per person

 

Concierge Veranda -A1 | A2 | A3

Upgrade Your Experience

Located in the most desired locations, Category A Concierge Level Veranda Staterooms offer an unrivaled combination of luxury and value. A wealth of amenities and a host of exclusive privileges (listed below) elevate the experience to the sublime.

These sleekly redefined 216-square-foot staterooms feature a wealth of amenities, including many of those found in our Penthouse Suites. The luxury is further enhanced by the fresh new decor, sumptuous Ultra Tranquility Beds, re-inspired verandas with stylish new furniture and the indulgence of exclusive Concierge Level amenities and privileges.

Concierge Level Exclusive Privileges

In addition to Stateroom Amenities:

  • Room service from the Grand Dining Room menu during lunch and dinner
  • Free laundry service – up to 3 bags per stateroom+
  • Priority noon ship embarkation
  • Complimentary welcome bottle of Champagne
  • Priority online specialty restaurant reservations
  • Unlimited access to the Aquamar Spa Terrace
  • iPad® upon request for your enjoyment onboard++
  • Complimentary Oceania Cruises logo tote bag
  • Cashmere lap blankets, perfect for relaxing on your veranda
  • Complimentary shoeshine service
  • + Up to 20 garments per laundry bag. 3 day turnaround time and laundry will not be accepted 3 days prior to disembarkation
  • ++ Limited availability

All Cabins will have a one-time additional charge of $375.00 p/p, and all Suites, Penthouses, Vista and Owner Suite $450.00 p/p; this fee will be added to the last installment to cover Port Charges, Taxes, Document Fees, Gratuities, Administration and Security Fees.

$6,250 USD per person

 

Penthouse Suite – PH1 | PH2 | PH3

The collection of 322-square-foot Penthouse Suites has been completely transformed with splendid new decor and exquisite furnishings in serene shades of the sea and sky. Spacious enough for private in-suite dining, the living area features a refrigerated mini-bar a vanity desk and the granite-clad bathroom is large enough for an indulgent walk-in shower. Relax on the beautifully furnished private teak veranda.

Penthouse Suite Privileges

In addition to Suite & Stateroom Amenities

  • Free laundry service – up to 3 bags per stateroom+
  • Priority 11 am ship embarkation with priority luggage delivery
  • 24-hour Butler service
  • Priority online specialty restaurant reservations
  • Unlimited access to the Aquamar Spa Terrace
  • Complimentary iPad®
  • Variety of Bulgari amenities
  • Complimentary Oceania Cruises logo tote bag
  • Cashmere lap blankets, perfect for relaxing on your veranda
  • Complimentary shoeshine service
  • Complimentary pressing of garments upon embarkation++
  • + Up to 20 garments per laundry bag. A 3 day turnaround time and laundry will not be accepted 3 days prior to disembarkation.
  • ++ Certain limitations apply

All Cabins will have a one-time additional charge of $375.00 p/p, and all Suites, Penthouses, Vista and Owner Suite $450.00 p/p; this fee will be added to the last installment to cover Port Charges, Taxes, Document Fees, Gratuities, Administration and Security Fees.

$6,750 USD per person

 

Vista Suite – VS

Named for their sweeping views over the ship’s bow, the four Vista Suites each sprawl over 786 square feet. Every imaginable comfort is here, including a second bathroom for guests as well as a master bathroom newly redesigned in onyx and granite with a luxurious new shower. Relax on the private teak veranda, listen to music in enhanced surround sound or watch a movie on one of two flat-screen televisions. Access wireless Internet on a complimentary iPad®.

Vista Suite Privileges

In addition to Suite & Stateroom Amenities

  • Free laundry service – up to 3 bags per stateroom+
  • Priority 11 am ship embarkation with priority luggage delivery
  • 24-hour Butler service
  • Complimentary in-suite bar setup with 6 full-size bottles of premium spirits and wines from our suite beverage menu
  • Complimentary welcome bottle of Champagne
  • Fresh fruit basket replenished daily
  • Priority online specialty restaurant reservations
  • Unlimited access to the Aquamar Spa Terrace
  • Complimentary iPad®
  • Bulgari gift set and variety of amenities
  • Choice of the daily printed newspaper
  • Complimentary Oceania Cruises logo tote bag and personalized stationery
  • Cashmere lap blankets, perfect for relaxing on your veranda
  • Complimentary shoeshine service
  • Complimentary pressing of garments upon embarkation++
  • Choice of pillow from a luxurious selection
  • +Up to 20 garments per laundry bag. 3-day turnaround time and laundry will not be accepted 3 days prior to disembarkation.
  • ++Certain limitations apply

All Cabins will have a one-time additional charge of $375.00 p/p, and all Suites, Penthouses, Vista and Owner Suite $450.00 p/p; this fee will be added to the last installment to cover Port Charges, Taxes, Document Fees, Gratuities, Administration and Security Fees.

$14,999.50 USD per person

 

Owner’s Suite – OS

Lavish new fabrics and designer furnishings grace our six new Owner’s Suites – always among the first to be reserved. Immensely spacious and exceptionally luxurious, these suites span nearly 1,000 square feet and areas of quietude and relaxation. Every imaginable amenity is found here, further enhanced by a sumptuous re-designed bathroom with an oversized shower, a private teak veranda, and two flat-screen televisions.

Owner’s Suite Privileges

In addition to Stateroom Amenities

  • Free laundry service – up to 3 bags per stateroom+
  • Priority 11 am ship embarkation with priority luggage delivery++
  • 24-hour Butler service
  • Complimentary in-suite bar setup with 6 full-size bottles of premium spirits and wines from our suite beverage menu
  • Complimentary welcome bottle of Champagne
  • Optional private in-suite lunch on embarkation day from noon to 2 pm
  • Fresh fruit basket replenished daily
  • Priority online specialty restaurant reservations each evening++
  • Unlimited access to the Aquamar Spa Terrace
  • iPad® upon request for your enjoyment onboard
  • Bulgari gift set and variety of amenities
  • Choice of daily printed newspaper
  • Complimentary Oceania Cruises logo tote bag and personalized stationery
  • Cashmere lap blankets, perfect for relaxing on your veranda
  • Complimentary shoeshine service
  • Complimentary pressing of garments upon embarkation++
  • Choice of pillow from a luxurious selection
  • +Up to 20 garments per laundry bag. 3-day turnaround time and laundry will not be accepted 3 days prior to disembarkation.
  • ++Certain limitations apply

All Cabins will have a one-time additional charge of $375.00 p/p, and all Suites, Penthouses, Vista and Owner Suite $450.00 p/p; this fee will be added to the last installment to cover Port Charges, Taxes, Document Fees, Gratuities, Administration and Security Fees.

$16,500 USD per person

 

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Travel documents vary based on cruise itinerary. It is the sole responsibility of guests to identify and obtain all required travel documents for the entire cruise vacation and have them available when necessary. Valid travel documents such as passports and Visas are required for boarding and re-entry into the United States and other countries.

All guests must carry a valid passport. Passports must be valid for at least six months after your return date of travel. Guests are responsible to ensure validity dates of passport and to secure proper documentation for countries visited. Please consult your respective State Department or Foreign Ministry for specific Visa and entry requirements for countries scheduled on your itinerary. For U.S. citizens, further information can be found by visiting: http://travel.state.gov/.

 

VISAS

It is the sole responsibility of guests to identify and obtain all required Visas for the entire cruise vacation and have them available when necessary. PGC accepts no responsibility for obtaining required Visas nor advising guests of Visa or other immigration requirements.

Tahiti

Citizens of the U.S., Canada, and European Community are not currently required to have an entry Visa for Tahiti, but a passport that is valid for at least 6 months after the completion of travel, and a valid return airline ticket are necessary.

YELLOW FEVER VACCINATION REQUIREMENT

The Ministry of Health in French Polynesia confirms the requirement that travelers arriving from countries with high risk areas of yellow fever be vaccinated for yellow fever. The vaccine is required for all travelers over the age of 12 months who are arriving from high risk countries and for those who have spent more than 12 hours in any airport of these high risk countries. A single dose of this vaccine gives long-lasting immunity and protection for life against yellow fever. It is the responsibility of the traveler to ensure that they are vaccinated for yellow fever at least 10 days before their departure. A vaccination certificate may be requested at boarding and/or on arrival.

Click here to view the list of high risk area countries that require yellow fever vaccination.

What is the currency aboard the ship?

The U.S. Dollar is the standard currency aboard The Gauguin, and you may exchange dollars for small denominations of local currency at the reception desk. For your convenience at the time of embarkation, Paul Gauguin Cruises will request a confidential registration of an accepted credit card. The night prior to your final disembarkation from the ship, a detailed statement of your shipboard charges for onboard services and products will be delivered to your suite or stateroom. All such charges must be paid in full by cash or accepted credit card (Visa®, Mastercard®, or American Express®).

What is the electrical voltage on the ship?

The standard electrical voltage aboard ship is 220 volts. Both 220-volt and 110-volt outlets are available in bathrooms and staterooms.

 

Where do I fly into?

Airport Name: Papeete Tahiti Fa’a’ā International Airport
IATA Code: PPT
ICAO: NTAA
Phone: +689 40 86 60 61
Address: Fa’a’ā, French Polynesia
Website: http://www.tahiti-aeroport.pf/

 

Tahiti Weather & Time Zone

The best time to visit Tahiti is between May and October. Although the temperatures are balmy year-round, Tahiti’s winter season enjoys less humidity. Tahiti really only experiences two distinct seasons: Winter brings less rain and pleasant temperatures while the summertime – November through April – can be unbearably hot and humid, not to mention rainy. But regardless of when you travel, you can expect hotel rates to be high. Average weather is 83-86 degrees (F)

 

French Polynesia is located in the same time zone as Hawaii, which is 10 hours behind Coordinated Universal Time (UTC) or Greenwich Mean Time (GMT). If you are flying from Los Angeles, the islands are just two hours behind Pacific Standard Time (PST), and three hours behind Pacific Daylight Time (March to late October). The Gambier Islands in this region are one hour ahead of Tahiti, and the Marquesas are 30 minutes ahead of Tahiti.

 

Passport and Visa Information

Every visitor to French Polynesia must have a return airline ticket to their resident country or to at least two more continuing destinations and sufficient funds to support themselves while in French Polynesia.

 

General Tickets

It is recommended to keep your Air Tahiti Nui e-ticket receipt with you, as it might be requested at the check-in counter or by Customs officials as proof of your return travel.

All passengers with paper tickets must be in possession of the ticket issued by Air Tahiti Nui or travel agent.

For U.S. and Canadian Citizens: Passport must be valid for a minimum of three monthsfrom the arrival date to French Polynesia. No visa is required for stays of up to 90 days. A foreigner with a residence card for the U.S. is not exempt from the above requirements and should consult the French Consulate for information. American citizens may also be required to carry short-stay visas in the following cases: holders of diplomatic and official passports on assignment, students enrolled in courses in French Polynesia, journalists on assignment, crew members, as well as those who will have paid activities in French Polynesia (including scientists and artists).

For French Citizens: No visa required for French passport holders to enter French Polynesia.

New Zealand and Australian Citizens: Passport must be valid for six months from the arrival date to French Polynesia. No visa is required for stays of up to 90 days for New Zealand citizens and for up to 90 days for Australian citizens.

Japanese Citizens: Passport must be valid for a minimum of 6 months from the arrival date to French Polynesia. No visa is required for stays of up to 90 days for Japanese passport holders. Visitors must hold documents required for their next destination.Visitors must hold return or onward tickets.

Other Country Travel Documents and Visa requirements: Please check with the French Consulate and request specific information for entry to French Polynesia as these requirements can differ from France.

US Entry and Transit Requirements: Nationals of Visa Waiver Program countries* who are seeking to travel to the United States and stay for a maximum of 90 days, will have to apply for an approved travel authorization prior to departure, on the following secure website: https://esta.cbp.dhs.govAn application can be submitted at any time before your travel to the United States. However, a minimum period of 72 hours prior to departure is strongly recommended.

As a reminder, the passenger is solely responsible for complying with all laws, regulations, orders, demands and travel requirements of countries to be flown from, into or over (in transit). Once granted, and unless revoked, a travel authorization is valid for two years from the date of authorization, or until the passport expires, whichever comes first. Travelers are thus requested to keep with them a printed version of their authorization for every travel or transit in the United States. It is highly recommended to update your authorization before each travel to the United States by using the application number you have been given on the ESTA website.

Passport Requirements: The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) reminds travelers from the 27 Visa Waiver Program (VWP) countries, they must have a machine-readable passport to enter the United States without a visa. Citizens from other countries require a tourist visa good for 90 days that can be obtained from the nearest U.S. consulate.

As Entry Requirements and Customs Regulations are subject to change without notice, always check with your travel arranger and/or the proper authorities before traveling internationally. It is the responsibility of each passenger to carry the proper travel documentation and to meet the entry conditions of each country on their itinerary.

 

Health and Safety

Tahiti and French Polynesia pose no major health problem for most travelers, although it’s a good idea to have your tetanus, hepatitis-A, and hepatitis-B vaccinations up-to-date.

The local equivalent to the 911 emergency line in French Polynesia is “17” for police, “15” for ambulance, and “18” for fire.

Lather Up — The sun in these latitudes can burn your skin in a very short period of time — even on what seems like a cloudy day. Limit your exposure, especially during the first few days of your trip. Be particularly careful from 11am to 2pm. Use sunscreen with a high protection factor (SPF30 or more) and apply it liberally. If you’re going snorkeling, wear a T-shirt to avoid overexposure on your back.

 

Common Ailments

Minor illnesses on the islands include the common cold and the occasional outbreaks of influenza and conjunctivitis (pinkeye).

Cuts, scratches, and all open sores should be treated promptly in the Tropics. I always carry a tube of antibacterial ointment and a small package of adhesive bandages.

Tropical Illnesses

There are plenty of mosquitoes, but they do not carry deadly endemic diseases such as malaria. From time to time, the islands will experience an outbreak of dengue fever, a viral disease borne by the Adës aegypti mosquito, which lives indoors and bites only during daylight hours. Dengue seldom is fatal in adults, but you should take extra precautions to keep children from being bitten by mosquitoes if the disease is present. (Other precautions should be taken if you are traveling with children;.)

Bugs, Bites & Other Wildlife Concerns

Living among the friendly Tahitians are some of the world’s friendliest ants, roaches, geckos, crabs, and insects.

Indeed, the islands have multitudes of mosquitoes, roaches, ants, houseflies, and other insects. Ants are omnipresent here, so don’t leave crumbs or dirty dishes lying around your room. A few beaches and swampy areas also have invisible sand flies — the dreaded no-seeums or no-nos — that bite the ankles around daybreak and dusk.

Insect repellent is widely available in most drug stores and grocery shops. The most effective contain a high percentage of “deet” (N,N-diethyl-m-toluamide).

I light a mosquito coil in my non-air-conditioned rooms at dusk in order to keep the pests from flying in, then start another one at bedtime. Grocery stores throughout the islands carry these inexpensive coils. The Fish brand coils, made by the appropriately named Blood Protection Company, seem to work best.

 

Multitudes of Animals

Don’t bother complaining about the multitude of dogs, chickens, pigs, and squawking myna birds running loose out here, even in the finest restaurants. They are as much a part of life as the islanders themselves. And don’t be frightened by those little geckos (lizards) crawling around the rafters of even the most expensive bungalows. They’re harmless to us humans, but lethal to insects.

 

Sun Exposure

The tropical sun in the islands can be brutal, even on what seems like an overcast day. Accordingly, it’s important to use sunscreen whenever you’re outdoors, especially at midday. This is particularly true for children.

 

HIV/AIDS

Sexual relations before marriage — heterosexual, homosexual, and bisexual — are more or less accepted in the islands (abstinence campaigns fall on deaf ears). Both male and female prostitution is common in Papeete. HIV is present in the islands, so if you intend to engage in sex with strangers, you should exercise at least the same caution in choosing them, and in practicing safe sex, as you would at home.

 

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Be Careful in the Water

Most of French Polynesia’s marine creatures are harmless to humans, but there are some to avoid. Always seek local advice before snorkeling or swimming in a lagoon away from the hotel beaches. Many diving operators conduct snorkeling tours. If you don’t know what you’re doing, go with them.

Wash and apply a good antiseptic or antibacterial ointment to all coral cuts and scrapes as soon as possible. Because coral cannot grow in fresh water, the flow of rivers and streams into the lagoon creates narrow channels known as passes through the reef. Currents can be very strong in the passes, so stay in the protected, shallow water of the inner lagoons.

 

Sharks are curious beasts that are attracted by bright objects such as watches and knives, so be careful what you wear in the water. Don’t swim in areas where sewage or edible wastes are dumped, and never swim alone if you have any suspicion that sharks might be present. If you do see a shark, don’t splash in the water or urinate. Calmly retreat and get out of the water as quickly as you can, without creating a disturbance.

Those round things on the rocks and reefs that look like pincushions are sea urchins, and their calcium spikes can be more painful than needles. A sea-urchin puncture can result in burning, aching, swelling, and discoloration (black or purple) around the area where the spines entered your skin. The best thing to do is to pull any protruding spines out. The body will absorb the spines within 24 hours to 3 weeks, or the remainder of the spines will work themselves out. Contrary to popular advice, do not urinate or pour vinegar on the embedded spines — this will not help.

 

Jellyfish stings can hurt like the devil but are seldom life-threatening. You need to get any visible tentacles off your body right away, but not with your hands, unless you are wearing gloves. Use a stick or anything else that is handy. Then rinse the sting with saltwater or fresh water, and apply ice to prevent swelling and to help control the pain. If you can find it at an island grocery store, Adolph’s Meat Tenderizer is a great antidote.

 

The stone fish is so named because it looks like a piece of stone or coral as it lies buried in the sand on the lagoon bottom with only its back and 13 venomous spikes sticking out. Its venom can cause paralysis and even death. You’ll know by the intense pain if you’re stuck. Serum is available, so get to a hospital at once. Sea snakes, cone shells, crown-of-thorns starfish, moray eels, lionfish, and demon stingersalso can be painful, if not deadly. The last thing any of these creatures wants to do is to tangle with a human, so keep your hands to yourself.

 

Staying Safe

While international terrorism is a threat throughout the world, the islands are among the planet’s safest destinations. Tight security procedures are in effect at Tahiti-Faaa International Airport, but once you’re on the outer islands, you are unlikely to see a metal detector, nor is anyone likely to inspect your carry-on.

The islands have seen increasing property theft in recent years, however, including occasional break-ins at hotel rooms and resort bungalows. Although street crimes against tourists are still relatively rare, friends of mine who live here don’t stroll off Papeete’s busy boulevard Pomare after dark. For that matter, you should stay alert wherever you are after dusk.

Don’t leave valuable items in your hotel room, in your rental car, or unattended anywhere.

Women should not wander alone on deserted beaches at any time, since some Polynesian men may consider such behavior to be an invitation for instant amorous activity.

When heading outdoors, keep in mind that injuries often occur when people fail to follow instructions. Believe the experts who tell you to stay on the established trails. Hike only in designated areas, follow the marine charts if piloting your own boat, carry rain gear, and wear a life jacket when canoeing or rafting. Mountain weather can be fickle at any time. Watch out for sudden storms that can leave you drenched and send bolts of lightning your way.

The French gendarmes will come to rescue you if you get into trouble out in the wild, but believe me, they do not appreciate tourists blundering into trouble.

 

Tahiti Currency, Exchange

The Tahiti currency is the same currency used in all of French Polynesia. The Franc of the “Compagnie Française du Pacifique” or Pacific French Company is most commonly called the French Pacific Franc. Generally abbreviated to CFP or XPF, the currency in Tahiti 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.

The currency of Tahiti’s exchange rate with the Euro is at a fixed flat rate with no fluctuation.

119.65 Pacific Franc (XPF) = 1 Euro (€)

97,38 Pacific Franc = 1 US dollar (*)

1,000 Pacific Franc = 10,27 US dollars (*)

(*) Approximate exchange rate in January 2021

Some tourist places including excursions and stores will accept US dollars, however the exchange rate offered is very poor and US dollars are not widely accepted. We recommend you exchange your money into Tahiti currency at any bank in Papeete or at the Tahiti International Airport. Currency exchange is located to the left of the customs and immigration exit and is open for all incoming flights, including those that arrive during the night.

Although many resorts and larger stores will take credit cards, most small shops won’t accept credit. However the exchange rate is usually quite good with credit cards, so try to take advantage of using your credit card when you can. Just be sure to call your bank or card issuer before you leave to tell them you will be travelling overseas. Unexpected overseas activity on your card could cause your credit card company to freeze your account, making payment difficult while you are away. It’s also wise to check the conversion fees as these are different between banks and you want to make sure you are getting the best deal before racking up charges on your card.

 

Banks

The bank and ATM at Faa’a International Airport are open to meet all international flights, meaning you can exchange money upon arrival. The international banks in Papeete include Banque de Polynésie (www.sg-bdp.pf), Banque Socredo (www.socredo.pf) and Banque de Tahiti (www.banque-tahiti.pf). The international hotels will also exchange currency, but usually at a higher exchange rate. The banks are always closed on Sunday with limited hours on Saturday, but there are plenty of ATMs located downtown. Since credit cards are often accepted in the tourist areas, it is not necessary to exchange large amounts.

 

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Credit Cards

Credit cards are widely used throughout the main islands. The more commonly accepted credit cards include Visa and Mastercard, followed by American Express. Please note that not all hotels and restaurants accept American Express. Once you get to the smaller, more isolated atolls such as Manihi and Fakarava, you will most likely need to carry cash for the stores, restaurants and pensions located away from the major resorts.

 

Dressing on a Tahitian Trip

Focus on packing casual, comfortable, warm weather clothing. In even the best restaurants, the dress code is island casual. Sandals and espadrilles are acceptable everywhere, and men can leave their ties home.

For women, sundresses or shorts are always suitable. Local residents really do wear pareos (sarongs) as everyday dress. Men wear shorts and T-shirts or short-sleeved shirts.

Because so much of a Tahiti trip will center around water activities, pack at least two bathing suits, along with amphibious, or water shoes, since some parts of the ocean floor are covered in coral. Flip flops are fine for the beach.

 

Electricity & Water

The power supply in French Polynesia is 220 Volts (60 Hz). Hotels use either 110 or 220V, depending on the location. The outlet, which accepts Type E and C plugs primarily used in Europe, has two round prong holes and an outward grounding pin. Be sure to check compatibility before plugging in any electrical appliance. Some hotels may have an adapter or converter on hand, but we recommend traveling with your own. You can purchase one at most hardware or department stores. Look for the product marked Europe/Asia. In most cases, you will only need an adapter. In some cases, like when using certain single-voltage devices, you may need a converter.

Tap water is safe to drink only in the city of Papeete on Tahiti and on Bora Bora. You can buy bottled spring water in any grocery store. Water is available on the ship.

 

Tipping

Tipping in French Polynesia isn’t a standard practice as it isn’t typically part of the culture. Hotels and restaurants may include a service charge in the final bill, especially in Tahiti and its islands, so tipping isn’t required or expected. This, however, doesn’t mean tipping is taboo, as it’s still a good way to show appreciation for a job well done. The amount to tip is up to you, but it should be reflective of the service you’ve received.

Though tipping might not be a standard practice, it is considerate to leave a little extra for great service. This French Polynesia tipping guide will help you navigate when/where to tip.

 

Restaurant Server: Since many restaurants include a service charge in the final bill, tipping isn’t obligatory and is not expected by servers. Exceptional service, however, may deserve more than is included and is up to you how much to leave.

Bartender: There’s no obligation to tip at a bar, but rounding up is a nice way to show appreciation for great service.

Tour Guides: It isn’t obligatory to tip, but you may want to leave a little extra for an informative and fun tour.

Taxis: A tip isn’t required, but a little extra for help with luggage is always appreciated.

Doorman: Hotels may include a service charge in the final bill, so a tip isn’t necessarily required. It is up to you if exceptional service deserves a little extra

Bellhop: Hotels may include a service charge in the final bill, so a tip isn’t necessarily required. It is up to you if exceptional service, such as delivering your luggage to your room, deserves a little extra.

Housecleaning: Hotels may include a service charge in the final bill, so a tip isn’t necessarily required. It is up to you if exceptional service, such as ensuring a squeaky-clean stay, deserves a little extra.

Concierge: Hotels may include a service charge in the final bill, so a tip isn’t necessarily required. It is up to you if exceptional service deserves a little extra.

Stylist: It isn’t obligatory to tip, but leave a little extra for a fantastic new look.

Spa Service Provider: Tipping is not obligatory, but you can leave extra for exceptional service.

 

Transportation

To get a taste of some local Tahitian culture, you should board the Le Truck bus. Not only will this form of transit give you a great introduction to the island, it’s also cheap. Le Truck offers several routes: The red and white buses travel 5 miles along the island’s west coast; the green and white buses travel 6 miles along the east side of the island; and the long-distance orange and white buses travel all the way around the island. In Pape’ete, you can catch the west coast buses near the marketplace on Rue du Marechal Foch and the east coast buses from Boulevard Pomare opposite the cruise ship dock. Along the routes, you can simply flag a Le Truck down from the side of the road. Expect to pay the driver before disembarking; fares are based on distance traveled but you shouldn’t expect to pay more than 100 to 200 French Polynesian Francs (about $1 to 2) a trip

Taxis are very expensive and un practicale – but when you are in a bind you will see the queing at the airport, and Pape-etes Centre Valma. You can hail them on the street just as easy – but you will pay roughly 3,000 French Polynesian Francs (or about 33$ USD) to go just a few miles.

 

Language

French is the official language in Tahiti but the locals also speak Tahitian. English is widely spoken and understood in most hotels, restaurants and shops. Still, learning a little Tahitian is always encouraged and appreciated. Below are some commonly used words and phrases. There are only thirteen letters in the Tahitian alphabet, including vowels a (ah) as in spa, e (ay) as in hey, i (ee) as in ski, o (oh) as in low, and u (oo) as in due; and consonants f, h, m, n, p, r, t and v, which are pronounced the same in English.

hello: ia orana (yo-rah-nah)

goodbye: nana (nah-nah)

welcome: maeva (mah-ay-vah)

thank you: mauruuru (mah-roo-roo)

cheers: manuia (mah-new-yah)

What to pack for a trip to Tahiti

 

Beware of the Tropical Sun

On a trip to Tahiti, never underestimate the power of the tropical sun. Everywhere visitors will spot tourists who failed to appreciate the dangers of being in the tropics, as proven by their bright crimson cheeks and shoulders.

To keep from becoming one of the red-skinned tourists you’ll see everywhere, bring plenty of sunblock, a sun hat, and a sun-proof shirt that will shield you from the merciless rays.

Bringing Necessities

While luminescent pearls and colorful pareos are available at every turn, finding necessities on Tahiti and the other islands of French Polynesia can be a challenge. Since nearly everything on the islands is imported, even the most common items are expensive and hard to find.

When packing for Tahiti, visitors should therefore bring everything they need with them, from combs to condoms and other personal items. Hotels are often located in remote areas, and while they generally have a shop on site, their inventory tends to be minimal — mainly handicrafts, T-shirts, postcards, and a few sundries.

 

Things to carry on with you

  • A copy of your passport and driver’s license.
  • Your emergency telephone list of phone numbers from back home.
  • A business card showing the phone and address of your hotel.
  • Cash cards only if you plan to go to the bank.
  • Credit cards only if you plan to go to the bank, major shopping, or to a nice restaurant

if you are buying anything of high dollar value while ashore (jewelry) bring your passport with you, This will helo with the taxes and to avoid additional paperwork at the airport.

 

 

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