En Polynésie, c'est toujours l'été...
In Polynesia, it's always summer ...

Do you dream of going to Polynesia? Me too

  Polynesia: Maupiti + Rangiroa + Moorea - October 2012

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My first trip to Polynesia, in 2012, made me want to go back (sigh) But the plane ticket is not given and given the duration of the flight, it is better to have a little time in front of you. Here are some practical information to remember.

Find a flight

More than 20 hours of flight from Paris! The word long-haul makes all sense ... At the time when I made this trip (October 2012), Papeete was served from France by Air Tahiti Nui (via Los Angeles) and Air France (via Los Angeles and sometimes other stops like Detroit or New York).

On Air Tahiti Nui, the call price of an A / R at the time of publication of this article was € 1,795 ... 😲 Yes, it is definitely another budget than my usual destinations in Asia (which are rather on the order of 500 € to 800 € on average, according to periods and promotions, for a return Paris-Jakarta for example).

Le vol Paris - Los Angeles - Papeete est assuré par Air Tahiti Nui. Polynésie, octobre 2012.
The flight Paris - Los Angeles - Papeete is provided by Air Tahiti Nui, with a beautiful flower of tiare at the end of the wings ...

Another alternative to fly to Polynesia, from Europe: from London with Air New Zealand (I found a return € 1,579). Otherwise, there is the good plan tickets "tour of the world" with stopover in Papeete: for ± 2,500 €, we visit several continents!

UPDATE 2018. Note that since 2018, prices of Paris-Papeete flights tend to drop, Air Tahiti Nui and Air France having lost their quasi-monopoly position, with the new competition the company FrenchBee (Beware, it's low-cost, call prices posted for a return around € 1,100 are usually without options, namely checked baggage or meals). This downward trend is expected to continue with the recent arrival of United Airlines. You can visit the Facebook page Aviation Geeks Tahiti, which regularly monitors the rates of companies serving Polynesia.

When to go?

The peak tourist season in Polynesia is our holiday from July to August, but there is summer all year! Roughly speaking, there are two seasons: a dry season from March to November, considered more pleasant, with temperatures of 22 to 27 ° C; a warmer wet season, from December to February, between 25 and 35 ° C.

In the Austral and Gambier, located very south, it is cooler and wetter: better to visit during the rainy months, between May and November.

Motu Auira, Maupiti. Polynésie, octobre 2012.
The Auira motu, in Maupiti. (Leeward Islands, Society Islands, October 2012.)
En Polynésie, c'est toujours l'été...
In Polynesia, it's always summer ...

Budget on site

To stay at not too expensive, I recommend family pensions. I tested during my stay of 2012: it's simple, but super-nice. Rates are around 80-100 € half board. After, there is the hotel more luxury, rental villas, etc. for which flights + hotel packages are often more interesting.

La Pension Cécile à Rangiroa. Polynésie, octobre 2012.
The Pension Cécile in Rangiroa. (Tuamotu Archipelago, October 2012.)

Attention, in Polynesia, everything is much more expensive than in France, products of the daily life to the tourist activities. Also plan inter-island flights by plane: better optimize your route, with the "pass" of the domestic airline Air Tahiti allowing to combine several islands.

  Polynesia: Maupiti + Rangiroa + Moorea - October 2012