French Polynesia (*) is GMT - 10 (10 hours behind the Greenwich Meridian time)
it is noon in
In Papeete, it is
New York City
pm or midnight
Tokyo on Tuesday
05:00 am on Monday
Auckland on Tuesday
02:00 pm on Monday
(*) Do not forget :
Gambier islands are 1 hour ahead of Tahiti
Marquesas islands are 30 minutes ahead of Tahiti
Power voltage used in French Polynesia is 220 Volts (60 Hz). Be sure to double-check your appliances compatibility before plugging them in. Converters / adaptors are usually available upon request at your hotel front desk.
"PK" & geographical addresses
Even in Papeete (Tahiti), very few businesses or individuals have a well defined geographical address with a street number and name. Polynesians use some major points of interest as a referral and then spot the address.
In larger islands like Tahiti, Moorea, locals use 3 parameters to indicate an address :
PK (that stands for “Point kilometer”) + a number
Seaside or mountainside
West or East coast
ex : PK 18.5 / mountain side – West coast
This address would be located on the west coast at 18.5 kilometers away from downtown Papeete on the mountain side. Sea / mountain sides refer to the location of your address compared with the road (there is only one circle island road in Tahiti !). If you are on the mountain side, that means you will need to cross the road to access to the lagoon or the sea.
The official language of French Polynesia is French but many locals still speak reo ma'ohi, that is to say one of the local languages (reo means language). Besides, many Polynesians speak English.