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Q. What is the currency in Tahiti?
A. Upon arrival in French Polynesia, most visitors exchange some money at the Faaa Airport or at their hotel. Generally, it's not necessary to change very much since credit cards and U.S. dollars are accepted. The currency used in French Polynesia is the French Pacific Franc or CFP. There are approximately 100 CFPs to one U.S. dollar (although the actual rate may vary).

Q. What exciting things can you do in Tahiti?
A. They have plenty to choose from. This 400 square mile island offers fabulous beaches and beautiful resorts, along with wonderful activities such as shopping for black pearls, hiking through the deep green valleys covered with rainforests, sailing the waters, hiking the waterfalls that cascade into cool refreshing rivers, or exploring the wispy cloud covered mountains, which reach peaks above 7,350 feet. Tahiti has "pearl farms", where they cultivate their exquisite black pearls known throughout the world.

Q. What is the time difference?
A. Tahiti and her Islands are 10 hours different from GMT. This is 12 hours behind on summer time or 11 hours behind wintertime difference from Paris, 2 hours behind Pacific Standard Time in the US (same time zone as Hawaii) 6 hours different from Santiago Chile, 19 hours from Tokyo and Sydney, 22 hours different from New Zealand.

Q. Will my cell phone work in Tahiti and the sorrounding islands?
A. Cell phone coverage is available in tahiti and the main islands, which are: Tahiti, Moorea, Bora Bora, Taha'a, Raiatea, Huahine, Maupiti, Rangiroa, Fakarava, Manihi, Nuku Hiva, Hiva Oa, Rurutu Tikiphone is the local provider in French Polynesia with their VINI network. As in Europe, a standard GSM 900 MHz network is used. To use your cell phone in Tahiti, you first have to know if your mobile operator is one of their Roaming Partners.

Q. How do I call people outside of Tahiti?
A.
  • To call any country from Tahiti, dial 00+country code+ area code+ number
  • To call the US from Tahiti, dial 00 + 1 + area code + number
  • To call Tahiti from the US, dial 011 + 689 + number (local numbers have 6 digits)
Q. What languages are spoken in Tahiti?
A. French (official language) and Tahitian are the main languages. English is understood and spoken in the hotels as well as most shops and restaurants.
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