Getting Around Tahiti
The best way to get around Tahiti is by taxi or rental car. If you're planning on doing a lot of traveling throughout the island, a rental car is a good option. A bike can be a transportation option, too. For journeys to other French Polynesian islands, you'll have to book passage on a boat or airplane. Most travelers arrive into Faa'a International Airport (PPT), which is a 3-mile jaunt from the capital city of Pape'ete. If a representative from your hotel isn't picking you up at the airport, you can hop onto a public bus or take a taxi to your destination.
|Taxi||As you might imagine, taxis are a rather expensive way of getting around the island. But they can be a good option if you're in a bind. You'll find them queuing at the airport and lined up in Pape'ete's Centre Valma. You can also hail them on the streets. You'll pay roughly 3,000 French Polynesian francs (or about $33) to go just a few miles.|
If you're staying more than a few days and want to explore the island, you might want your own set of wheels. You can book a rental car at the airport or in the capital city of Pape'ete. Avis, Europcar and Hertz all operate car rental offices in Tahiti. An international driver's license is not needed for Tahiti.
|Bicycle||For a scenic view of Tahiti, as well as some exercise, a bicycle is a good way to get around. Many accommodations will either rent or lend bikes out to guests. But keep in mind that traffic can be pretty heavy, especially around Pape'ete.|
Two companies will transport passengers between the capital city of Pape'ete and nearby islands like Bora Bora and Moorea. You'll find the ferry dock on Boulevard Pomare. Fares and schedules depend on the route and the ferry company. The Tahiti Tourism Board offers more information about getting around on its website.
To get from Tahiti to other destinations in French Polynesia, flying is an efficient mode of transportation. Several airlines – including Air Tahiti and Air New Zealand – offer regular service to destinations like Tahiti's sister island Moorea and Auckland. If you're visiting multiple islands, consider purchasing an island-hopping air pass, such as the ones offered by Air Tahiti.
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