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Getting Around

Island hopping

By plane

Air Tahiti is a domestic air carrier offering flights to all of French Polynesia. It serves 46 islands and atolls with its modern fleet of ATR 42 and ATR 72 turboprops flying a regular timetable, which you can view at their website, www.airtahiti.com

The Society islands Tuamotu East Tuamotu – Gambier Islands The Austral islands
Bora Bora
Huahine
Maupiti
Moorea
Raiatea
Tahaa
Tahiti
Ahe
Arutua
Fakarava
Manihi
Mataiva
Rangiroa
Takapoto
Takaroa
Tikehau
Hao
Makemo
Mangareva

The Marquesas islands
Hiva Oa
Nuku Hiva
Ua Huka
Ua Pou
Raivavae
Rimatara
Rurutu
Tubuai
Cook islands
Aitutaki
Rarotonga

By boat

Although the plane remains the fastest and most commonly used means of transportation in French Polynesia, island hopping by boat is also an option. There is ferry service between islands that are not too distant from one another (such as Tahiti and Moorea or Bora Bora and Maupiti) while cargo schooners, more picturesque and sailing to the Leeward Islands, the Tuamotus, the Gambier Islands, the Marquesas and the Austral Islands, offer cabins and occasionally a space on deck. Service varies based on destination: ferries run several times a day between Tahiti and Moorea while cargo schooners sail three times a week for the Society Islands, every two weeks for the Marquesas and the Austral Islands and once a month for Mangareva (Gambier Islands).
Among islands in a same archipelago, there are speedboats or small launches that can shuttle you back and forth.

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