French Polynesia Travel Information

  • Time Difference: UTC-10 (5 hours behind Washington, DC, during Standard Time)
  • Capital City: Papeete (located on Tahiti)
  • Airports: 45
  • Travel Climate: tropical, but moderate
  • Area Comparative: slightly less than one-third the size of Connecticut
  • Travel Currency: Comptoirs Francais du Pacifique franc (XPF)
  • Languages: French (official), Tahitian (official)
  • Ethnic Groups: Polynesian 78%, Chinese 12%, local French 6%, metropolitan French 4%
  • National Holiday: Fete de la Federation, 14 July (1789); note - the local holiday is Internal Autonomy Day, 29 June (1880)
  • Inflation Rate: 1.1%
  • Geographic Coordinates: 15 00 S, 140 00 W
  • Location: Oceania, five archipelagoes (Archipel Des Tuamotu, Iles Gambier, Iles Marquises, Iles Tubuai, Society Islands) in the South Pacific Ocean about...
  • Terrain: mixture of rugged high islands and low islands with reefs

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