The weather in the Society Archipelago is hot all year round. Winter, from May to October, is the coolest and driest season. Temperatures increase substantially from November to April, as does the rain that becomes more frequent.
The currency of French Polynesia is the Franc Pacific (CPF). Papeete and other more touristy towns on the neighboring islands are well equipped with ATMs and most establishments accept credit card payments. French Polynesia is one of the most expensive destinations in the world.
It is unlikely that you can find accommodation in French Polynesia for less than €40 or €50 per person, in a single double room, in the most humble inns. The other extreme of accommodation in this heavenly mega-archipelago are the multimillion-dollar resorts of Tahiti, Moorea and Bora Bora where you can easily come across Hollywood stars – Pierce Brosnan, for example is almost home in Bora Bora – who consider them second homes . Expect to pay €500 or more per night, in high season, at these semi-planted stilt hotels on a turquoise or emerald Pacific ocean.
Just to give you an idea, a plastic dish with raw fish served with lemon and coconut costs practically €10 at the caravans of Papeete, capital of French Polynesia. Taking this example into account, it won't be difficult to see that a complete meal in a sophisticated restaurant is in Tahiti or one of the resorts from neighboring islands will always have astronomical prices.
It's far from fast – as you'd expect in the middle of the Pacific Ocean – but it costs around €10 an hour at Internet cafes in Papeete, the largest towns in Tahiti and the most urbanized islands in the archipelago. On more remote islands, such as Maupiti, it is fortunate if there is electricity throughout the day. The Internet is considered a real luxury.
VISA AND OTHER PROCEDURES
Portuguese citizens (like Brazilians) do not need a visa for stays of up to 90 days but a passport valid for 6 months is required.
The authorities of French Polynesia require vaccination certificate for Yellow Fever vaccine for all passengers over one year of age who come from a country at risk of contagion of the disease, or who have spent more than 12 hours in that country or in a country. airport of that country. Avoid mosquito bites to prevent dengue fever.
TRIP TO FRENCH POLYNESIA
A Star Alliance flies from Lisbon to Papeete via Frankfurt and Auckland, with the TAP and ANA (All Nippon Airways) or Lufthansa per from 2100 euros.
The various passes of the Air Tahiti they are the ideal solution to explore the various islands of the archipelago at the most affordable prices.
A rental car is the best way to explore Tahiti and some of the Society Islands closest to Tahiti. Moorea, Huahine and Raiatea have great roads. Prices for car hire are quite high, around €70, €80 per day for an economy class vehicle.
Several companies sail from Tahiti to Moorea several times a day for around €20 (round trip, half one way). The journey takes between half an hour and an hour. Other vessels sail from Tahiti and among other islands at least twice a week. Some travel at high speed.