Clearly visible from Tahiti, Moorea is located only
nine miles away across the Sea of the Moon. For
all the hustle and bustle of nearby Tahiti (125,000+
population compared to Moorea's 9,000), Moorea is
the best-kept secret of the trio of famous French
Polynesian islands. Bora Bora and Tahiti get the
press, but Moorea is the real prize. Beyond the
picture postcard lagoons and white sand beaches,
the volcanic island -- twice as old as Tahiti --
is also famous for its six mountains, including
Mt. Rotui, which offers spectacular views of Opunohu
Bay and the island.
Emergency Telephone Number (17.)
Cook's Bay Police Station (56-13-44 or 55 25 05.)
Cook's Bay Pharmacy (55-20-75 or.)
Moorea Hospital/Pharmacy in Afareaitu (56-23-23 or 56-24-24.)
Varari Pharmacy (56-38-37.)
French Polynesia is 10 hours behind GMT, 2 hours behind
US Pacific Standard time and 20 hours behind Australian Eastern Standard time.
When it is noon Sunday in Tahiti, it is 2 PM. Sunday in Los Angeles, 8 AM,
Monday in Sydney, 11 PM. (winter time) - 12 P.M. (summer time) in Frankfurt.
INTERNATIONAL AIR SERVICE
Faaa, the airport of Tahiti, is regularly served by frequent
jet connections, linking Tahiti with the west coasts of the United States
and Canada, Hawaii, France and Europe, New Zealand, Australia, Japan, South
East Asia. International airlines providing these connections include Air
France Group, Hawaiian Airlines, Air New Zealand, Qantas Airways Limited,
Lan Chile, Air Caledonie International, A.O.M French Airlines and charter
flights aboard Corsair. Tahiti airlines, the first Tahiti-based international
carrier, will begin flying in April 1998 with an Airbus A 340-300 aircraft.
All passengers importing plants, flowers, fruits or
vegetables, must be in possession of an international certificate. To import
plants and flowers, special permission is necessary from the Service of Rural
Economy, P.O. Box 100, Papeete, Tahiti, Tel. 42. 97, 80 (Fare Ute - Papeete)/
82, 49. 99 (Faaa airport). Importation of live animals is prohibited. Contact
the above-mentioned service. Open daily from 7:00 am to 11:00 am and from
1:00 par to 4:00 pro. Non prohibited items should be re-exported in a maximum
deadline of 6 months. Certain types of animal life and flora are protected
by customs regulations: - by the Washington agreement ( requires a CITES certificate
issued by the Nature Protection Service) - by territorial regulations (certain
FOREIGN EXCHANGE OFFICE
A privately operated foreign exchange office is located
on the Papeete waterfront next to harbor and in back of the port immigration
office and the Socredo Bank. It is open Monday through Saturday from 7~00
a.m to 7:00 p.m. It is open Sundays and public holidays from 7:00 a.m. to
1:00 p.m. All currency with a legal exchange rate may be exchanged. The exchange
rates used are the same as those used by the banks in Papeete.
Certificates of inoculations against cholera, yellow
fever and the plague are required for visitors arriving from an infected area
as defined by the World Health Organization.
I. MAIN PRINCIPLES
Foreigners wishing to visit French Polynesia must have a valid passport, which,
depending on the nationality of the visitor, contains a valid visa. Such visitors
must also have an airline ticket back to their resident country or to at least
two more continuing destinations. And they must have a sufficient amount of
resources to cover their planned stay in the territory.
II. VISA FORMALITIES
1. Visitors Eligible for Three-Month Stays.
Citizens of certain countries are exempt from all visa requirements for stays
of them months or less. They are citizens of European Union Countries: Germany,
Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Luxemburg, The
Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom, They are citizens
of the following other countries: Andorra, Cyprus, Iceland, Lichtenstein,
Malta, Monaco, Norway, San Marino, Switzerland and the Vatican.
2. Visitors Eligible for One-Month Stays.
Citizens of the following countries are exempt from all consular visa requirements
for stays of one month or less: Argentina, Bermuda, Brunei, Cimada, Croatia,
Czech Republic, Hungary, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, Ne Zealand, Poland, Singapore,
Slovakia, Slovenia, South Korea, the United States of America and Uruguay. 3. When Visas are Obligatory
Citizens from all other countries are obliged to have a consular-issued
visa for French Polynesia issued by a French consulate office in the country
where the citizen lives. And the visa must include the following wording:
valable pour la Polynesie Francaise" (valid for French Polynesia).
4. Other Situations
A foreigner with a residence card for the United States is not exempt from
having a visa for visiting French Polynesia. This person should contact
French consular officials based in the United States of America. The entry
formalities for French Polynesia are subject to modification without notice.
Foreigners planning to visit French Polynesia are, therefore, urged to contact
their nearest French Consulate or an airline serving Tahiti.
In addition to personal effects, 200 cigarettes
or 100 cigarillos or 50 cigars or 250 grams of smoking tobacco, 50 grams of
perfurne, 0, 25 litre of lotion, 5OO grams of coffee, 100 grams of tea and
2 litres of spirits are allowed duty free. Visitors under 17 years of age
are not allowed to import tobacco and spirits.
Before importing any telecommunication items, please contact
the High Commissioner's services, Tel. (689) 46 86 86 ext. 630. Prohibited
items include narcotics, copyright infringements, weapons and ammunition,
drugs, imitation brand names and cultured pearls originating in Tahiti.
Marriage between two foreign persons or between French
national and a foreign person, must follow and respect the form and conditions
provided for in the legislation for public order : legal age limit, freedom
from previous Marital engagement, marriage arranged by parents within legal
limits, mourning period for women. In order to verify if the projected marriage
is not contrary to public order, the municipal authority has the right to
demand a customary certificate from the foreign authorities (ministry or consulate)
if the couple does not exercise the right of their own national law. Article
74 of Civil Code provides that "the marriage will be conducted in the commune
where one of the future spouses has an address or has established residency
for a month of continued habitation from the date of publication provided
by the law". The publication of marriage bans will be done during ten days
at the entrance of the Town House. In case one of the future spouses has neither
address nor residence in France, the publication must be done in the place
of his/her residence and must be verified by a certificate of publication.
Verifying documents to be presented for the marriage:
French Polynesia enjoys a high standard of health, with
excellent medical and dental services, pharmacies, private clinics and a large
government hospital in Tahiti. The outer islands have hospitals or dispensaries,
and a few private practitioners. All the islands maintain hygienic controls
to combat potential epidemics of tropical diseases, such as the dengue fever.
There are no snakes, poisonous spiders or fearsome animals in these islands,
and hotels and dispensaries on each tourist island and atoll keep first aid
supplies on hand to treat coral cuts, sunburn and the extremely rare case
of poisoning, when the barefoot swimmer steps on the toxic spines of the stonefish.
Take precaution and do not overexpose your body to the tropical sun, and wear
tennis shoes or plastic sandals when walking on the reefs and in the lagoons
Tap water in the hotels and restaurants is safe to drink.
Local mineral waters and all sorts of French mineral waters are available.
Most of the hotels use 110 or 220 volts, a.c. 60 cycles.
Power outlets for all shavers is a convenience provided in most hotels. A
converter/ adaptor for other appliances is usually available upon request.
Comfortable and cool, natural fabrics such as cotton
sundresses or T-shirts are perfect for daytime wear. The standard attire for
men even at dinner parties is simply slacks and shirt. Women usually wear
comfortable dresses in the evenings and normal resort wear around the hotels.
Pareus or pareos are brightly colored and versatile hand blocked or painted
fabrics 2 yards long by 1 yard wide, and are worn at home, at the beach or
around the hotel pools. Some are elegantly tied for evening wear. Pareus are
not recommended for downtown Papeete, as the city is rather cosmopolitan in
dress code. Bathing suits and short shorts are also out of place in Papeete.
The PAPEETE POST OFFICE main office is located on Blvd.
Pomare in downtown Papeete. Services include stamps for letters and parcels,
expr: delivery service, international telephone calls, telegrams, telex, telefax
aw, philatelic centre. Open from Monday-Thursday 7 am -3 pm Friday, 7 am -
2: Post offices in the islands are open Monday to Friday 7.00am - 3.30pra.
Post office in the island of Tahiti are open:
Direct dialing for local and international telephone
calls is now very easy in French Polynesia, whether calling from your hotel
or from the public phone booths. When dialing direct to Raitea and Tahaa,
or to any other of the Tahitian islands, dial the proper International Access
Code + 689 (Country Code) + Local Number. The International Access Code if
calling from the U.S. is 011. When transmitting telex messages from the U.S.,
the code 702 or 711 for all of Tahiti and Her Islands must precede the telex
EXCHANGE AND BANKING
The local currency, the French Pacific Franc (CFP), is
on a parity with the French Franc (1 CFP = 0.055 French Francs). The exchange
rate for other currencies fluctuates daily. Notes are issued in denominations
of: 10,000, 5,000, 1,000 and 500 francs (CFP); and coins are: 100, 50, 20,
10, 5, 2 and I francs (CFP). There are international banks in Tahiti, with
branch offices in the resort islands of French Polynesia, including a bank
at the Tahiti-Faaa International Airport. Hotels will also exchange various
currencies for CFP. Major credit cards are accepted in most hotels, restaurants,
boutiques and other tourist establishments.