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Monday, January 26, 2009

How to get to | Tahiti

I've travelled to a lot of different places (about 100 countries currently depending on which list is used), and intend travelling to a lot more. Sometimes I get asked how to get to country X, where X is perceived to be (and may be really) hard to get to. While I do not mind answering these types of questions privately, if there is reader interest I'll blog about it too. If anyone has a request please feel free to contact me by making a comment or through the email link at top right.



I'll start off with Tahiti (French Polynesia).



Tahiti (French Polynesia)




While some cruises do include Tahiti, most travellers arrive by air. A few main airlines fly to Tahiti:

  • Air Tahiti Nui from Los Angeles, Paris, Sydney and Auckland - they have codeshares and partnerships with both Qantas, Air New Zealand and American Airlines
  • Air New Zealand (Star Alliance) from Auckland (the Los Angeles and Rarotonga flights have been dropped)
  • Hawaiian from Honolulu
  • Air France (Sky Team) from Paris and Los Angeles
  • LAN (oneworld) from Santiago via Easter Island
Fares generally are high, especially in premium cabins. Tahiti is difficult to get to on round-the-world tickets due to the lack of onward flights in all 3 alliances and backtracking rules.



TIP book early on a business class award for the best value and a comfortable (long) flight to and from the islands.

TIP Moorea and Bora Bora are far more attractive than the main island of Tahiti but will require a ferry (Moorea) or flight (all the islands on Air Tahiti). These extra flights are unable to be booked on any award or round-the-world ticket. Watch out for schedules as often an overnight stop in Papeete is required to make the connection.

2 comments:

gleff said...

Air Tahiti Nui also flies from Tokyo. They're suspending Sydney service. Air Tahiti Nui's Paris flight is actually via Los Angeles.

Air Tahiti (VT - the domestic carrier) offers Raratonga service. Air Cal├ędonie flies from Noumea.

VASKO in TILEN BLOG TEST said...

I am thinking to leave the western world for good and move to Tuamotu Islands. Could I ask you if you know if that's possible at all? Can i just arrive there, find something to do, pay cheap room and stay for good?
Thanks,
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