Before reaching our small isle, you will have to transit through Tahiti.
All international flights to French Polynesia land at main island Tahiti’s Faa’a Airport (www.tahiti-aeroport.pf).
National carrier Air Tahiti Nui (www.airtahitinui.com) covers the key routes or see our Tahiti guide for details of other airline options.
Air France is the second company operating flights from LAX and Paris to Papeete. (www.airfrance.pf).
United and French Bee have also flights from Paris and San Francisco.
From Tahiti, it’s a 40-minute domestic flight to Raiatea Island, just south of Tahaa, which hosts the airport for both islands.
Domestic carrier Air Tahiti (www.airtahiti.pf) offers regular daily flights as well as stopovers en route to other islands; you can also fly direct from Bora Bora (10 minutes).
INTER-ISLANDS FLIGHTS from Tahiti to Raiatea/Tahaa.
Air Tahiti offers six to ten daily flights between 6:00 am and 7:30 pm.
Several flights a day on Air Tahiti serve as links from Raiatea to the other islands and vice versa: Bora Bora (10min), Papeete (40min) and Huahine (15min).
To make your reservation, visit Air Tahiti’s web site at: http://www.airtahiti.aero
BOAT RIDE from Raiatea Airport to Vahine Island
The hotel can organise a shuttle boat to pick you up at Raiatea Airport, if you advise them of your flight details; the captain will meet you in the arrivals hall and escort you to the waiting boat two minutes’ walk away. Just look for the Vahine Island welcome panel.
The trip to Vahine, 10 kilometres away, takes 35 minutes according to weather conditions.
For your safety and comfort, the hotel doesn’t operate night transfers across the lagoon, so be sure to choose flights within daylight hours.
Your arrival in Raiatea’s airport is possible between 8:00am and 5:00pm.
Departures from Vahine Island are from 7:00am to 4:30pm
(leaving 2 hours before your inter-island flight)
For flights outside these hours, you may need to spend a night on Raiatea (Vahine can advise on local hotels or contact them before you book your ticket to discuss your travel plans).
Helicopter and sea plane transfers are also available.