|Travel to French Polynesia|
French Polynesia is located halfway between Los Angeles and Sydney in the South Pacific. Papeete is the major city and site of the international airport. There are three major island groups: The Society Islands (Tahiti, Moorea, Huahine, Raiatea, Maupiti and Bora Bora); The Tuamotu Atolls (Rangiroa, Manihi, Mataiva and Fakarava); and the Marquesas Islands.
French Polynesia is accessible by air from most parts of the world. Air Tahiti Nui, Air New Zealand, Air France, Qantas, AOM French Airways, Corsair and even Hawaiian Air serve Faaa International Airport. Inter-island connections are mostly by Air Tahiti with jet service even to the outer islands.
Travel from the West Coast of the United States is primarily from Los Angeles. Corsair flies out of Oakland and Air New Zealand provides United Airlines connections from San Francisco. There is no departure tax in French Polynesia. Luggage weight restriction may apply especially on inter-island flights.
French Polynesia is scattered over 1.5 million square miles of ocean in the eastern South Pacific. French Polynesia is 10 hours behind Greenwich Mean Time, 2 hours behind US Pacific Standard Time (PST), and 20 hours behind Australian EST.