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French Polynesia is full of notable places to explore, many with significant historical value to the region and the world. Some of the most popular landmarks in French Polynesia are Pearl Resort Beach, Matira Point, Matira Beach, and Marché de Papeete, among many more.
When visiting Pearl Resort Beach in Vaitape, the closest airport is Vaitape Airport.
The cheapest flights to French Polynesia recently found by momondo users are $9 with Juneyao Airlines, $89 with Air Tahiti, and $173 with American Airlines.
According to our data, 61% of momondo users who traveled to French Polynesia in the last year flew into Vaitape Motu-Mute (located in Vaitape), making it the most popular airport to fly to. There may be other airports in French Polynesia, but the majority of our users take flights to Vaitape Motu-Mute in order to visit Vaitape and it’s surrounding areas.
The best day to take a flight to French Polynesia is on Wednesday, followed by Sunday. Wednesday and Sunday tend to have the lowest flight prices to French Polynesia. If your travel dates are flexible, then try to avoid booking on a Monday, which is known for being the most expensive day of the week to fly to French Polynesia.
|Departing||Destination||Best Time||Best Price|
|Los Angeles||Papeete||8h 10m||$560|
|San Francisco||Papeete||8h 20m||$564|
|San Diego||Papeete||15h 30m||$619|
|San Francisco||Fare||15h 50m||$690|
|New York||Papeete||16h 55m||$728|
|San Jose||Papeete||11h 30m||$744|
|San Francisco||Vaitape||11h 05m||$789|
|Salt Lake City||Papeete||15h 55m||$800|
The flight time for flights to French Polynesia will vary depending on your arrival and departure airports. You will find French Polynesia flights from major international airports in the US like Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK), San Francisco International Airport (SFO), and Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD). These flights are available to the main international gateway into French Polynesia, Tahiti International Airport (PPT). You’ll only find one- and two-stop flights from the US to PPT, and the quickest single-layover flight from LAX takes about 23h, while the quickest double-layover flight takes about 22h. The quickest flight from JFK takes about 31h and 40min with a single layover, and double-layover flights take about 30h. You’ll get both single- and double layover flights from IAD, and they take about 26h and 50min and 26h and 20min, respectively. You’ll only get two-stop and three-stop flights from SFO to PPT, and the quickest takes around 41h and 20min and has three layovers en route.
Unfortunately, there are no nonstop flights from the US to French Polynesia at the moment. However, you’ll find many one-, two-, and three-stop flights from major international airports in the US. If you’re flying from the West Coast, you can get these flights from LAX and SFO. The quickest option from LAX is a two-stop flight, and the most common layover cities are San Francisco, San Diego, Las Vegas, and Houston. The quickest flight from SFO is a three-stop flight with layovers in New York, Paris, and Vancouver. The other option is a two-stop flight, with the most common layovers in Dallas and Los Angeles. You’ll find both one-stop and two-stop flights from JFK, and San Francisco is the most common stop for single-layover flights, while Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Atlanta are common for two-stop flights. Washington Dulles is another airport offering these flights, and the most common layovers for IAD flights include San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Chicago.
Air travel is one of the most suitable ways of getting around the French Polynesia islands. Air Tahiti handles domestic flights within French Polynesia. You can get cheap flights to islands with airports like Bora Bora, Moorea, and Rangiroa. Ferries are also another option that enables you to get from island to island while enjoying scenic views. A popular ferry route is one from Papeete to Moorea, which takes about half anh. Ferries also get you to Raiatea, Tahaa, and Bora Bora. Car rentals are also an option on most of the islands except Tahiti, where there is traffic. Europcar and Avis are some of the car rental providers located at the airport. For short trips within the island you plan on visiting, bicycles are an alternative way of getting around. They are cheaper alternatives compared to rental cars and a great way of keeping fit. The island of Moorea allows you to rent bicycles for up to 24h.
Yes, all US citizens must possess a valid passport upon entry to French Polynesia. The passport must have at least two blank pages for the entry and exit stamps and be valid for a minimum of six months beyond your date of arrival in French Polynesia. A visa is not essential for stays of up to 90 days if you are visiting French Polynesia as a tourist. Tourists are, however, required to show a return ticket. You are required to have a visa for business travel to French Polynesia. Unfortunately, French Polynesia does not provide visas on arrival. As such, you should apply for the visa at the Embassy or Consulate of French Polynesia in the US one to two months before your departure date.
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