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French Polynesia : When and where to go?
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French Polynesia: Climate & Weather
The Polynesian climate is tropical with two main seasons: The rainy season between November and April, when there is high humidity and stifling heat with temperatures of around 30°C; and the dry season between May and October, when there is scarce rainfall and a dry atmosphere with temperatures of around 25°C. In addition, the trade winds cool the daytime heat.
24°C - 75°F
Papeete (Tahiti), updated 02:30 GMT
French Polynesia: Map
What to do in French Polynesia
French Polynesia consists of five archipelagos each with different attractions that have contributed to create its paradisiacal legend.
Tahiti is the most famous place, with its capital Papeete located on the coast: You will be seduced by its bustling harbour with sailboats and freighters, the town market with its diversity of local products, and the lively downtown districts.
The Marquesas Islands bring to mind the landscapes of dreams: They are more rugged than Tahiti, their land consists of blocks of lava and valleys dotted with archaeological sites, and its culture is marked by traditional craftwork, folklore music, tattoos and sculptures.
The Tuamotu Archipelago consists of 77 atolls with coconut tree plantations, white beaches and lagoons with clear water, it is ideal for scuba diving.
The Austral Islands, the southernmost islands of French Polynesia, have a cooler climate: They also offer interesting caves to visit, archaeological sites, and are characterized by the richness of the traditional rituals, in particular the polyphonic singing.
From one island to another, you will understand very quickly what makes this part of the world such a paradise that all the visiting artists have celebrated in their own way.
French Polynesia : The basics
The airlines serve Papeete’s airport from France or from Great Britain.
You do not require a visa if you are a European citizen and if your stay is for less than three months.
The currency in circulation is the Pacific Franc, aligned with the Euro.
The budget required is quite high, unless you choose the campsite, where a night will cost you around €10 per person. Otherwise, you can find a double room in a homestay for €70 on average. The middle range hotels are few but also very expensive with very poor services (a double room costs around €130).
Regarding the food, tourist restaurants offer dishes for around €20: The only way to eat cheaply is the market and snack stalls called roulettes.
There is no need to take special health precautions, only protect yourself against sunburn.
Flights are a good way to travel between the islands. The trucks (platform trucks) provide public transportation on land, for a very reasonable price. Avoid taxis which are very expensive.