Cooled by gentle Pacific breezes, French Polynesia is sunny and pleasant. November through May is warmer and humid, while April through October is cooler and drier. Most of the rain falls during the warmer season intermixed with sunny days and refreshing trade winds.The drier months are better for diving. Dress is casual and lightweight.
The average temperature of the ocean is 26C during the cold season and 29C during the hot season. You can dive without a wet suit but a thin shin is helpful to protect both your skin and marine life from damage. Except during the rainy season, visibility usually exceeds 30 meters.
|French and Tahitian are spoken throughout the islands. English is spoken in resort areas but is little used in the outer islands.|
|Use a good sunscreen and do not overexpose your skin to the tropical sun. Tennis shoes or plastic sandals are recommended when walking on the reefs and in the lagoons. Although extremely rare, poisoning may occur when barefoot swimmers step on the toxic spines of the stonefish. Mosquitoes are a nuisance especially in the rainy season, use citronella oil and mosquito coils. Malaria protection is not necessary anywhere in French Polynesia. "No-see-ums" (nonos) may also be a problem on some islands. There are no snakes, poisonous spiders or fearsome animals in these islands.|
|The currency in Tahiti is the French Pacific Franc (CFP), though credit cards and US dollars are common. Though exchange rates vary, are approximately 130 CFP to the U.S. dollar. Offices and shops are usually open from 8am-noon and 1:30 -5:30. Monday-Friday (also Saturday mornings). Banking is from 8am-3:30pm, with branch offices remaining open until 5pm. Major hotels will exchange money although the rates may be higher.|
|Access to Web-based email is available at cybercafes on Tahiti, Rangiroa, Moorea and Bora Bora. Direct access is available through the phone company by dialing 0368888 (user name & password set to "anonymous"). There is no charge for access but you must pay for the long distance charges. Calls can be placed from your hotel room with the correct connector.|