Tahiti is served by Faa’a International Airport (airport code PPT), the only international airport in French Polynesia. All international flights en route to Bora Bora will initially land in Tahiti, from where the national airline carrier, Air Tahiti, operates connecting flights to Bora Bora and the other Tahitian islands. Faa’a International Airport is located about 5 km west of Tahiti’s capital, Papeete.
Located just south of the equator, mid-way between Californian and Australia, Tahiti can be reached in an 8-hour non-stop flight from Los Angeles, or in 12 hours from New York. Flights to Tahiti are also available from Honolulu (˜6 hours), Auckland (˜5 hours) Tokyo (˜11 hours), Santiago (˜7 hours), and Noumea (˜5.5 hours). Air Tahiti Nui, Air France, Air New Zealand, Corsair, Hawaiian Airlines, Air Carlin, Qantas and LAN all offer regular flights to Tahiti. Tahiti is also included as a stop on many round-the-world tickets.
If you’re coming from the US, Hawaiian Air and Air Tahiti Nui fly direct to Tahiti from Los Angeles or via Honolulu; while Air France has flights from Paris via Los Angeles, so if you are coming from the UK or other European countries, you’ll have to fly to Paris.
From Australia, you’ll have to fly to Auckland to catch a connecting flight to Tahiti. Air Tahiti Nui, and Air New Zealand offer 5 flights per week from Auckland to Tahiti. See details below:
Flights from the US to Tahiti
Los Angeles, USA(LAX) to Papeete, Tahiti(PPT), 8h 30m duration. Air Tahiti Nui & Air France
Option 1, Afternoon – Approx. 3:30PM –> Approx. 9PM (W,T, S, S)
Option 2, Evening – between 11PM to midnight –> between 4:30AM+1 to 5:30AM+1 (M,T,W,T,F,S,S)
There are over 15 flights departing from Los Angeles to Tahiti each week, most flights depart between 11PM and midnight Monday to Sunday. On Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday Air Tahiti Nui operates an additional afternoon flight departing Los Angeles around 3PM. Evening flights arrive in Tahiti around 5AM a day after (+1) the departure date, which will allow you to take a connecting flight to Bora Bora that same day. Alternatively, you could explore Tahiti for a day and fly to Bora Bora the following day.
In contrast, the flight departing in the afternoon arrives in Tahiti late in the evening, which means you need to spend a night in Papeete and fly to Bora Bora the following day.
The flight information provided is indicative only, for up to date timetables visit the Air Tahiti Nui website: www.airtahitinui.com
Honolulu, USA (HNL) to Papeete,Tahiti(PPT), 5h 50m duration. Hawaiian Air
Option 1 – AFTERNOON, Departs on Saturday approx. 3:40PM and arrives at approx. 9:30PM
If you opt for this flight, you will have to book one night accommodation in Tahiti.
Flights from Australia and New Zealand to Tahiti
Auckland, New Zealand (AKL) to Papeete, Tahiti (PPT), 5h 5m duration. Air Tahiti Nui & Air New Zealand
Option 1, MORNING – Approx. 9AM -> Approx. 4PM-1 (M) Air New Zealand
Option 2, AFTERNOON – Approx. 2:40PM -> Approx. 9:45PM-1 (Sun, T, T) Air Tahiti Nui
Option 3, EVENING – Approx. 6:40PM -> Approx. 1:40AM (F) Air New Zealand
There are 5 flights from Auckland to Tahiti each week, morning, afternoon and evening. Flights departing in the morning and afternoon arrive in Papeete between 4PM and 9PM one day before (-1) the departure date, which means you might need to spend one night in Papeete and fly to Bora Bora the next day. While, the evening flight leaving Auckland around 6PM arrives in Tahiti early morning just before 2AM on the same day, which gives you the option to stay one night in Papeete or take the first flight to Bora Bora that same morning.
Air New Zealand offers multiple connecting flights to Tahiti from several Australian cities including Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Brisbane, Cairns and Perth.
Qantas and Emirates also operate flights from Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane to Auckland multiple times a week, flight duration is approximately 3 hours. If you wish to take a morning flight from any Australian port to Auckland you arrive in Auckland in the afternoon, this will give you the option to take the evening flight from Auckland to Tahiti, which arrives early morning. Alternatively, you could fly to Auckland a day earlier and take a morning or afternoon flight to Tahiti the following day.
One important travel tip is to book your flights early if you plan to visit during the high season. At this time flights tend to be more expensive and also quickly book-up to capacity.
Another tip is to make Bora Bora your final stop if you plan to visit Tahiti, Moorea and other beautiful neighbouring islands in French Polynesia on the same trip, save the best for last!