Cheap Flights to Tahiti
The volcanic island of Tahiti explodes upon all the senses as soon as your flight touches down. The largest of the Windward Isles in French Polynesia encapsulates all of the South Pacific’s charms in one tiny island.
When to Book Flights to Tahiti
Tahiti is blessed with gorgeous weather throughout the year – even in its coolest months the temperature rarely drops below 70°F.
For most people the winter months of May to October are generally considered the peak season for visiting, with the air free of humidity and the skies free of clouds and rains. During this time hotel rates will rise as will the cost of your flight. May and October are the only months in Tahiti’s winter where slightly cheaper air fares can be expected to be found by those who book early.
In June, the largest cultural festival in Tahiti takes place: Heiva i Tahiti is held in the capital of Papeete’s To’ata Square. There will be music, dance, arts and colorful parades.
Don’t worry too much if you miss it as most weekends in peak season see some event taking place, whether it be surfing, a sailing regatta, outrigger canoe races or traditional sports competitions featuring contestants climbing coconut trees or hefting heavy boulders.
In November the humidity rises as the rainy season arises. This lasts until April and is characterized by torrential downpours that briefly break the sunny skies. Cyclones can hit in the months of January, February, and March but are unlikely.
How to Find the Best Flight Deals to Tahiti
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US Departures to Tahiti
Optimal flight times from US airports to Tahiti are:
Main Airports in Tahiti
Faa’a International Airport is incredibly well-connected for the small island chain that it serves. It is the only international airport in French Polynesia. Situated just a 10-minute drive along the coast from the capital of Papeete, most resorts and large hotels lay on coach transfers for guests, but taxis are also readily available.
Le Truck, the city’s famous hop-on and hop-off transport system, serves the airport. The trucks place most resorts within easy reach from the airport. Car hire is also available from the arrivals hall for those who would prefer to explore under their own steam.
Which Airlines Fly to Tahiti?
Carriers offering direct services to Tahiti from the US include:
- Air Tahiti Nui
- Hawaiian Airlines
- Air France
- French Bee
How to Get Around in Tahiti
The best way to get around Tahiti is by the affordable Le Truck bus. Simply flag one down from the side of the road. The red and white buses travel five miles along the island's west coast, the green and white buses travel six miles along the east and the long-distance orange and white buses travel all the way around the island.
Taxis are much more expensive but offer a useful back-up option. However, if you're planning on doing a lot of traveling throughout the island, a rental car would probably be your best bet.
For travel to other French Polynesian islands, you'll have to book passage on a boat or airplane. There’s a few ferry companies travelling from the dock on Boulevard Pomare in Papeete to the nearby islands of Bora Bora and Moorea.Short-haul flight providers include Air Tahiti, Air Moorea and Air New Zealand who offer regular services to destinations like Moorea and Auckland.
What Are the Must-Sees in Tahiti?
Stunning beaches, crystal-clear waters and one of the friendliest welcomes in the Pacific ensure it’s hard not to love Tahiti.
The town of Papeete is the capital ofFrench Polynesia and the gateway to the lush, tropical vegetation of the land and the colorful coral reefs under the surrounding waters.
The towering presence of Mount Orohena adds a touch of drama to the island’s landscapes. Head inland for deep green valleys which are perfect for are perfect for nature walks, passing gushing rivers, exotic flowers and cascading waterfalls as you stroll.
Hit the coast for the many white sandy beaches that invite you to relax as you sip a cooling coconut water or a cocktail. Scuba diving and snorkeling among the coral reefs are easily accessible in the waters just beyond the beaches.
Tips for Traveling in Tahiti
The island of Tahaa is also known as Vanilla Island because its ground produces more vanilla than any other in Tahiti. Take a jeep through the hills and let the back roads lead you to the hidden farms where vanilla beans and pods are cultivated.