Entry Requirements For Tahiti

August 19, 2014

All travelers must present a valid passport to board a flight to French PolynesiaYour first and last name on your passport must match your international air tickets. You will also be asked to present your passport to clear “Customs” in French Polynesia and upon return from French Polynesia.

Your passport must be valid for 180 days beyond your return date. U.S. and Canadian citizens only need a valid passport and do not need a VISA to enter French Polynesia. Citizens of all other countries may need a VISA in addition to a valid passport and should consult the nearest French Consulate or French Embassy as early as possible. It can take several weeks to obtain a VISA. It is solely the passenger’s responsibility to ensure that all needed documents are complete and up to date for valid entry into the country.

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The Hilton Bora Bora Nui Resort & Spa - Great Values/Fabulous Resort!

February 4, 2013

Aloha and Ia Orana!

Are you considering celebrating a romantic getaway in the South Pacific?  I suggest escaping to the island paradise Bora Bora, located in French Polynesia! The Hilton Bora Bora Nui Resort & Spa is offering amazing deals - inclusive of breakfast & dinner daily!  This is a huge savings as you want to make sure most of your meals are pre purchased!

Travel Gal Promotion: Guests who stay 6 nights or longer at the Hilton Bora Bora Nui & Spa will receive 2 nights for free.

Restrictions: A 6-night minimum stay is required. Valid for new bookings only. Combinable with Honeymoon Offer only.
Booking window: Dec 26, 2012 to May 10, 2013
Travel window: Jan 15, 2013 to Jun 9, 2013 (must depart by Jun 9, 2013)

Note: If you are traveling after June, contact me for the lastest and greatest promotions as we are already working with Clients planning their trips in October 2013!

Here is some information on dining at Bloody Marys as well as shark feeding 4 x 4 jeep safari tour, jet ski and helicopter tours - call me at 800 644-6659 for more details - http://bit.ly/11lPjdK
Your friend in the islands,
Teresa

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Travel Tips - Guideline for Money & Phones in Tahiti

December 22, 2012

Whether you are visiting a luxury hideaway like Le Taha’a Resort & Spa or cruising aboard the luxury cruise ship m/s Paul Gauguin, you do need to bring some $$$ - here is a money guide to assist you.

Money & Currency

Travelers checks, US dollars and credit cards are accepted in tourist areas. The hotels will also exchange money for their guests;
The currency used in French Polynesia is the French Pacific Franc  (CFP or XPF);
There is approximately 100 CFP or XPF to one U.S. dollar, depending on the rate of exchange fluctuations;
Major credit cards are widely accepted;
ATM’s are available in Papeete, Faa’a airport as well as several locations throughout the islands;

Phone Service in Tahiti

Phone cards can be purchased at the local post office. NOTE: Phone calls from Tahiti to the US are very expensive, so we advise calling your party and then having them call you back. Fax services are also available at the hotels;

Cell phone service

Cell phone service may be available in Tahiti.  However, check with your provider before departure to check for availability and international rates - NOTE: When you call your carrier, do be sure they are not listing your plan under “France” instead of French Polynesia - it can get expensive - last year AT & T did not have a plan for the islands of Tahiti.

For more information and to assist with your trip to the South Pacific call me, the Travel Gal at

800 644-6659 or email Teresa@LuxuryHideaways.net

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Order a coffee & chocolate croussant aboard the Aremiti Ferry

November 3, 2012

When I visited the islands of Tahiti my favorite mode of travel was the Aremiti Ferry between the main island of Tahiti and Moorea.

It was a real treat to board the ferry, stop at the coffee bar for a fresh chocolate croussant and strong cup of coffee before climbing the steps to the top deck to bask in the sun for our 30 minute ride to Moorea.

This was not a “Tourist boat”, this is their main form of transportation! We were joined by school children and Mothers shopping at the Market as well as a few Tourists.

Travel to the island of Bora Bora as well as the outer islands is a short airplane ride aboard the domestic airline, Air Tahiti.  It is located at Tahiti Faa’a Airport and is also a laid back and enjoyable experience.  No TSA lines of course!

As the major inter-island airline, Air Tahiti serves 40 islands, including Moorea, with newer, twin-engine, jet-prop aircraft. Flights to the neighboring islands depart from Tahiti Faa’a Airport with frequent daily service between the most visited islands. This is the same airport where the international flights arrive in Papeete (PPT).

When I assist Clients with a trip to Tahiti, I suggest they visit 2 or 3 islands, depending on the length of their vacation.  We organize the Ferry boat and any other inter island transportation needed prior to departing the U.S.

Contact me, the Travel Gal at 800 644-6659 or email Teresa@LuxuryHideaways.net

to assist with your French Polynesian adventure!

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Traveling to Tahiti? Here is a 2nd guide on the language

October 31, 2012

Give yourself a reward for learning some of the language - here is a massage at the Hilton Bora Bora Nui Resort & Spa on the island of Bora Bora, French Polynesia!

Lesson 2 is about to begin - but here is a refresher course on the Tahitian alphabet:

The Tahitian alphabet contains only thirteen letters.

Tahitian Vowels: a as incar, e as in may, i as in machine, o as in cold, and u as in salute.

Tahitian Consonants: f,h,m,n,p,r,t,v pronounced as in English with the exceptions of theh pronounced sh when preceded by i or followed by o and the r sometimes having a trill sound.

doctor - taote
police - muto’i

man - tane

woman - vahine
child - tamarii

yes - e, oi

house - fare

no - aita

small - iti
big, large - nui

islet in the lagoon - motu
ancient temple - marae
traditional quilts - tifaifai
traditional dance - tamurei
fenua - land
flower - tiare
ocean - moana
sun - mahana
moon - avae
star - fetia
earth oven - himaa
feast - tamaaraa

morning - poipoi
evening - ahiahi

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Cruising options in the South Pacific

September 10, 2012

Ia Orana!

Lets plan a romantic adventure to the Islands of Tahiti - are you pondering the shores of Bora Bora, Moorea, Tikihau, exploring Hauahine, Tahaa & Riataea.…how about cruising the Marquesas Islands?  Sailing is a great way to see the islands of French Polynesia. Here are some options for you - but you need to act fast these ships are small - which is exactly the way you want to experience these tropical islands of the South Pacific...

Tahiti Yacht Charter
- this is a private catamaran with just you, the skipper/cook.  They can do 3-7 night sailings out in Raiatea, Taha’a, Huahine & Bora Bora.

Paul Gauguin Cruises - This is the only boutique 5 star luxury cruise line sailing through the Society Islands, usually they have 7 night itineraries and some 10-11 nights.   They cruise with a maximum of 311 passengers - really more of a very upscale yachting experience.

Dream Yacht Charter (formerly Archipels) -These are 4 cabin catamarans with up to 3 other couples and the skipper/cook with a variety of itineraries in the Society Islands and Tuamotu Islands.

Aranui III - This is a 13 night sailing aboard a working freighter which will take passengers up to the Marquesas Islands.  There are a few cabins on board for guests.

NOTE: I priced the Aranui 3 in a stateroom cabin with private bathroom, including airfare from LAX, transfers on a 13 night cruise beginning the first week of April 2013, the price for 2 is $10,383.00 just to give us a ballpark.

Contact the TravelGal at 800 644-6659 or email Teresa@LuxuryHideaways.net for more ideas and options.

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Tahiti - Interesting facts about these Islands in the Sun

April 27, 2012

1. There are 13 letters in the Tahitian alphabet;

2. Tahitian and French are the language of the islands however, English is widely spoken on most of the islands;

3. Most Polynesians believe the mythical island of Hawaiki, today known as Raiatea, rose from the bottom of the ocean and was the beginning of all life on Earth.

4. There are 118 islands and atolls spread out over five archipelagos.

5. The Islands of Tahiti is the only country in the world to have a winery, Vin du Tahiti, on a coral atoll.

6. On the island of Fakarava there is a church called Jean de la Croix made completely of coral.

7. The tattoo originated in French Polynesia;

8. The overwater bungalow (or fare) was invented in Tahiti 45 years ago;

9. What is commonly known as “Tahiti” or “The Islands of Tahiti” is officially categorized as an Overseas Country of France, with its own government overseeing all international decisions on behalf of French Polynesia;

10.The rare tiare apetahi flower can only be found in one place in the entire world, on a mountain peak on the sacred island of Raiatea;

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Where are the Tuamotu Atolls?

November 22, 2011

The Tuamotu Atolls located in French Polynesia and are the remnants of ancient collapsed volcanoes and these coral atolls boast some of the most renowned snorkeling and scuba diving on earth. Expert divers refer to the magnificent coral filled lagoon as “God’s Aquarium”. This sheltered lagoon is home to dolphins, rays, and myriad colorful tropical fish. Nearby Fakarava is classified by UNESCO as a biosphere reserve as it is home to black sand beaches, a black pearl farm, and a variety of rare birds and plants.

Rangiroa
Rangiroa (rain-gee-roh-ah) is the largest atoll of the Tuamotu Archipelago, which comprises 78 coral atolls scattered over several hundred miles of the eastern Pacific Ocean.

Life on these remote atolls is simple, quiet and peaceful. In the small villages, the visitor can discover the true flavor of the Tuamotus, often participating in the daily activities of the Taumotu people. The interior lagoons are a haven for black pearl farms, fish breeding farms, snorkeling and scuba diving.

Rangiroa, referred to as “The Island of the Long Sky” is the largest atoll in the Southern Hemisphere, the second largest atoll in the world, and heralded as one of the world’s greatest dive destinations. It is an impressive sight viewed from the air with its string of 240 coral islets (motu) encircling a 400 square mile turquoise and jade-green lagoon.

Fakarava
Fakarava (fah-kah-rah-va) is an atoll in the west of the Tuamotu group in French Polynesia. It is the second largest of the Tuamotu atolls. Fakarava’s main village is called Rotoava.

Fakarava, “The Island of Dreams,” is the second largest atoll after Rangiroa. It is an untouched world with an ecosystem that is home to rare birds, plants, crustaceans and exceptional dive sites.

It was once the ancient capital of the region and the site of the first Catholic mission in the atolls built of coral in the 1870’s. The environment is so pure that the atoll is being considered for classification as a UNESCO nature reserve for the preservation of rare species.

Scuba diving and snorkle explorations are magical since many dive sites are virtually undiscovered.

If you would like more information or to plan a magical holiday to an amazing tropical island paradise, call us at 800 644-6659 or email Teresa@LuxuryHideaways.net today!

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Travel Tips for a Fabulous Vacation in the islands of Tahiti

October 19, 2011

Are you planning to run away to a deserted island with your true love?  Perhaps a romantic escape to a remote tropical island in the South Pacific? Is Bora Bora or Moorea calling you? Here are a few travel tips to consider while packing your suitcase:

Plan your spending money

Although major credit cards are widely accepted and ATMs are available in Papeete, Faa’a airport as well as several locations throughout the islands, its a good idea to have cash on hand.

* The currency used in French Polynesia is the French Pacific Franc (CFP or XPF)

* There are approximately 100 CFP or XPF to one U.S. dollar, although actual rates vary

* Travelers checks, US dollars and credit cards are accepted in tourist areas

* The hotels will also exchange money

Phone calls:
* Phone cards can be purchased at the local post office.

* Phone calls from Tahiti to the US are very expensive, so we advise calling your party and then having them call you back.

* Fax services are also available at the hotels.

* Some cell phone service may be available in Tahiti.   Call your provider before departure to check for availability.

Clothing

The islands of Tahiti and French Polynesia are very casual. Pack lightweight, loose-fitting cotton washables. Synthetic fabrics can be too hot and sticky.

* Casual slacks or walking shorts and sport shirts are fine for men at dinner.

* Women wear shorts, skirts or casual slacks during the day and cool dresses at night.

* Bring reef walkers or old sneakers so you don’t cut your feet on the coral.

* Most importantly, be sure to bring a swimsuit, a hat, sunscreen and a backpack for carrying any necessities.

* You may want to pack a light sweater or jacket. You probably won’t use it except maybe on the plane.

Other Important Items to Pack

* Make sure to pack any medications you are taking in your carry on bag. While there are medical facilities, some medicines may not be readily available.

* Pack lots of film since film is more expensive in Tahiti. Each person is allowed to bring 10 rolls through customs.

* You may also want to purchase a disposable underwater camera as the sea life is beautiful. A disposable panorama camera would be fun, too. And make sure to pack an extra battery for your camera or video camera!

* Extra memory cards for digital camera.

* Don’t forget toiletries, sunscreen and insect repellant as these are also expensive to purchase in Tahiti.

* You will want to bring an adapter for any appliances you bring with you. The current is 110 or 220 volts, depending on your location.

For more great tips and assistance with your luxury island getaway,

give us a call at 800 644-6659

or email Teresa@LuxuryHideaways.net

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M/S Paul Gauguin offers Luxury and Adventure with their SCUBA Dive Program

September 11, 2011

The Paul Gauguin was built with adventure in mind. There is an amazing Watersports Marina off the back of the ship where all of the watersports equipment is launched. From this marina you will easily be able to access the ocean and come face to face with a colorful parade of marine life, from magnificent parrot fish and clownfish to stately sea turtles. You will be able to hop aboard a windsurfer, launch a kayak, or embark on a Zodiac for optional diving adventures. Your first dive into crystal-clear waters will spoil you for anything else under the sun-or the seven seas. Also the ship’s small footprint enables it to navigate hidden lagoons that larger ships would never dare to enter.

While cruising the French Polynesia take advantage of the crystal clear water teaming with sealife and learn how to SCUBA Dive! The Paul Gauguin is the only luxury ship in the South Seas to offer PADI certification onboard for novice divers as well as classes at all levels, from snorkeling to advanced scuba diving techniques, supervised by their own staff of PADI dive masters. For the convenience of their guests, all necessary equipment, including an air compressor to refill scuba tanks, is onboard.

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