Transport and travel French Polynesia

Transport and travel French Polynesia

Inter-island transport


The plane is the fastest means of transport and therefore the most used in French Polynesia. The archipelago is very well served by air: Air Tahiti planes only connect some forty islands in French Polynesia.

Those who do not model the islands.
For 23 kg of free baggage, this gives:

  • De € 335 pass.
  • Bora-Bora Pass (Moorea, Huahine, Raiatea, Bora-Bora, Maupiti): 405-440 €.
  • Lagoon Pass (Moorea, Rangiroa, Tikehau, Fakarava) 465 €.
  • Bora-Bora - Tuamotu Pass (Moorea, Huahine, Raiatea, Maupiti, Bora Bora, Rangiroa, Tikehau, Fakarava): € 528-572.

This list is not exhaustive.

The îBora, are served by ten daily flights from Tahiti (Air Tahiti and Air Moorea combined), but from the capital, are much less frequent (sometimes only 2 flights per week). It's important to remember this and plan ahead when purchasing a pass.

In the Marquesas Islands, the network is supplemented by helicopter flights: this is certainly not cheap, but it will give the lucky ones among you the opportunity of a brilliant overview under the guise of utility (transfers in 4x4 being expensive anyway).
For example, count 10 minutes of flight between Papeete and Moorea.

Ferries, schooners and catamarans

No need to take the plane to reach Moorea from Papeete: several companies make the crossing. The catamarans are a little more expensive, but only take 30 minutes, while the ferry between Tahiti Moorea takes 1 hour.


All those who have the time and not too much money get disgusted-Vent from Papeete (Tahiti).

The frégoélettes, we travel on the bridge and the trip may seem long.

It takes around 20 hours to give a Bora-Bora order, including stopovers.
Keep in mind that the schooner is not the TGV… Schedules vary, stopovers change according to demand and breakdowns occur. The comfort is often quite basic, but the meetings with other travelers are sometimes great. A real slice of Polynesia!

To go from one side or small stars.

Let us add further that, in addition to Tahiti and Moorea, certain îBora and Maupiti. The opportunity for a nice day trip (or more).


It is possible for a small group to hire a sailing ship or a Sailing, with or without a skipper, and to sail from island to island. It is often overpriced: 3 to 000 €, so you might as well get together!

Dream Yacht Charter, Sunsail and The Moorings offer cruises in monohulls or catamarans, in total privatization or "by the cabin".
More “roots”, skippers like Matari'i Sailing also offer their services on monohulls.

In the catéGauguin offers Croisièle-Vent. The Aranui 5 also leaves from Papeete to drop anchor in the Marquesas.
Count at least € 3 per week on a liner (a little less for a dormitory option).

We can also consider a cruise on a yacht luxury.

Transport on the islands

Buses and trucks

The buses

Only the high islands raise the question of local transport: on the atolls, you go from one motu to another by boat and the rest of the journey is done on foot or by bike. In Tahiti, the bus service serves the island efficiently, with around twenty lines serving both coasts, to the Taiarapu peninsula.
Most operate from 4 a.m. or 5 a.m., but stop early: between 16 p.m. and 18 p.m., sometimes even earlier. On Saturdays, the frequencies are a little reduced and, on Sundays, no bus (or truck) operates.

The trucks

Often colorful mode of transport, fitted out to carry around forty passengers on wooden benches. Trucks are renowned for their user-friendliness.

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We can e18h, when trucks and buses disappear. A vehicle is all the more useful on the other large Society Islands; rentals are available there. Outside of Tahiti, the roads are not all paved, but they are well maintained.

For car rental, count at least 90 € per day.
To be able to rent a car, you must be at least 21 years old and the license for more than a year. The 3-fold driving license is sufficient.

Taxi boat

These so-called lagoon transports connect the îBora to reach the airport, or to the Tuamotus to reach certain accommodations.

Bike and horse

On the most touristic islands, you will easily find a bicycle for rent. But from 3, the car does not cost much more ... Some pensions have bicycles on loan, it is very nice and environmentally friendly.

On the Marquesas and Austral Islands, you can travel on horseback.

In Tahiti, modern buses and taxis are available for those who have not rented a car, 4X4 or scooter from one of the many agencies.


A good alternative solution for those who have the time. As in Mup are easily stopped and the wait is generally not very long. No danger a priori, and sometimes great encounters.

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