French Polynesia (Tahiti)
If travelling to French Polynesia in July, during the winter season – which is beautifully warm and tropical though not as humid nor as wet as the summer months – you may be lucky enough to experience ‘Heiva i Tahiti’, Tahiti’s largest festival. Showcasing a variety of choruses, dancers and drummers clad in spectacularly colourful headdresses and traditional attire, the month-long party works its way from the streets to the floats dominating the lagoons.
French Polynesia is probably at its best between May and October. From November through to April you can expect slightly higher temperatures and humidity with intermittent showers not unlikely.
These figures show French Polynesia monthly average maximum temperatures and monthly average rainfall.
Capital : Papeete
Language : French
Currency : Comptoirs Francais du Pacifique franc
Voltage : 220v
Visa and other entry and exit conditions (such as currency, customs and quarantine regulations) change regularly. Contact the nearest French Embassy or Consulate for the most up-to-date information.
Make sure your passport has at least six months’ validity from your planned date of return to Australia. You should carry copies of a recent passport photo with you in case you need a replacement passport while overseas.
Some goods are either prohibited from entering French Polynesia or require specific formalities. Refer to the website of the French High Commission in French Polynesia (in French) or contact the High Commission on +689 46 87 00 for the most up-to-date information.
During your stay, you will have ample opportunity to relax in the plushest of comfort or explore the realms of untamed rainforest. Offshore, at the neighbouring island of Tavarua, experience the renowned surfing paradise. Alternatively, make the most of either observing or participating in a traditional meke dance with some of the world’s warmest and fun-loving native individuals.
Fiji’s climate is decidedly tropical. The optimum time to plan a visit is probably during the cooler and drier months between May and October. Humidity and temperatures are at their peak between January and March.
These figures show Fiji monthly average maximum temperatures and monthly average rainfall.
Capital : Suva
Language : English, Fijian
Currency : Fiji Dollar
Voltage : 240v
Visa and other entry and exit conditions (such as currency, customs and quarantine regulations) change regularly. Contact the nearest Embassy or Consulate of Fiji for the most up to date information.
Make sure your passport has at least six months’ validity for your date of return to Australia and carry copies of a recent passport photo with you in case you need a replacement passport while overseas.