FLIGHTS TO FRENCH POLYNESIA
International Flights: Getting in French Polynesia is a long journey from Europe almost 19 000 km, which generally requires, among flights and airports, about 22-23 hours by plane. French Polynesia is located approximately 8-hour flight from Los Angeles, California.
The international connections with Tahiti are provided by the following airlines: Air France, Air Tahiti Nui, Air New Zealand, Lan Chile, Hawaiian Airlines, and Aircalin.
From Europe there are routes from Paris (Paris-Charles de Gaulle International Airport CDG) by Air France and Air Tahiti Nui, and London (London-Heathrow International Airport, LHR) by Air New Zealand. All these flights stop in Los Angeles. Another alternative is to use flights from Madrid (Madrid-Barajas International Airport, MAD) by Iberia to Santiago and then by Lan Chile to Easter Island and Tahiti.
From Europe: Air Tahiti Nui makes five flights a week from Paris (via Los Angeles) for Tahiti. Air France has 3 weekly flights from Paris (via Los Angeles) for Tahiti. Air New Zealand has 3 flights a week from London (via Los Angeles) for Tahiti. Iberia makes several direct flights a week from Madrid to Santiago and then Lan Chile made two flights a week from Santiago to Tahiti (via Easter Island, a 10 hour flight).
From USA: Air Tahiti Nui operates flights several times a week from New York (JFK) and Los Angeles (LAX) to Tahiti. Air France and Air New Zealand have multiple weekly flights from Los Angeles to Tahiti.
From Asia/Pacific: Air Tahiti Nui made three flights a week from Auckland (6 hour flight) to Tahiti, 3 flights a week (in code share with Qantas) from Sydney to Tahiti (9 hour flight), 3 flights a week from Tokyo to Tahiti (11.30 hours flight) and one flight per week from Osaka to Tahiti (12.30 hours flight). Air New Zealand is operating five flights a week from Auckland (6 hour flight) and Sydney (9 hour flight) to Tahiti. Aircalin flies once a week from Noumea (New Caledonia) to Tahiti (6 hour flight). Hawaiian Airlines operates a weekly flight from Honolulu to Tahiti (5 hour flight).
Air Tahiti has codeshare flights with Air Rarotonga to/from Rarotonga in the Cook Islands.
Domestic Flights: The airline Air Tahiti manages the connections between the islands of French Polynesia, the main airport is that of Tahiti-Faa’a, there are 47 islands connected by air, all the archipelagoes have air links: Society Islands (Tahiti, Moorea, Huahine, Raiatea, Bora Bora, Maupiti), Marquesas Islands (Nuku Hiva, Hiva Oa, Ua Pou, Ua Huka) Tuamotus (Mataiva, Tikehau, Rangiroa, Aratua, Ahe, Manihi, Apataki, Kaukura , Niau, Aratika, Kauhei, Fakarava, Katiu, Faaite, Anaa, Makemo, Takapoto, Takaroa, Napuka, Puka Puka, Takume, Raroia, Hikueru, Fangatau, Fakahina, Hao, Tatakoto, Vahitahi, Nukutavake, Pukarua, Reao, Tureia) , Austral Islands (Rimatara, Rurutu, Tubuai, Raivavae) Gambier Islands (Mangareva).
Air Moorea takes care of shuttle flights between Tahiti and the neighboring island of Moorea.
Airport: French Polynesia has one international airport, the Aéroport International de Tahiti-Faa’a (PPT), which is located on the island of Tahiti 5 km west of downtown Papeete. From this airport leave all international flights and all domestic flights to the other islands of the archipelago. The Domestic Terminal of Air Tahiti is located inside the airport, the Air Moorea is only 300 meters away.
Internal Maritime Transport: Some Society Islands are connected by a ferry service: Hawaiki Nui (2 trips per week) and Vaeanu (3 trips per week) that connect Tahiti with Huahine, Taha’a, Raiatea and Bora Bora. There are many ferries and fast ships carrying service between Tahiti and Moorea.
The more distant archipelagos have services cargo ships that also carry passengers.