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Tahiti – overnight connection

Tahiti French Polynesia airbnb bedroom

Our flight lands into Papeete before midnight. It is after midnight before we get through immigration and collect our bags. Hello Tahiti, we are here. I didn’t think this day would ever come.

We booked an Airbnb as close to the airport as possible so we didn’t have far to travel. Our host had included airport transfers and was standing with a smile and a sign with Triston’s name waiting for us just after baggage collection. It was super easy and for a night, it served us well.

Tahiti French Polynesia airbnb roof terrace

Not only is our Airbnb super close to the airport, we also get free breakfast. From 6 am through until 10 am there are foods out for the taking. Our flight is at 11 am so we decide to go to the airport at 9am. We don’t want to miss the flight and we don’t know how long check in will take. Our Airbnb host suggests 10 am. We explain that our luggage might need to be repacked so we stick with 9 am.

Simple but effective breakfast setting. Bread and spreads including Nutella, tea, coffee, sugar and a kettle.

We woke up about 8 am and got ready. Had breakfast, which was french bread and condiments. We had plain bread, no butter or spreads. Coffee, tea, and water were also available but we just eat bread. It is really nice bread.

Pape’ete Airport, Tahiti

At the airport, it took all of 2 minutes to check in and now we had 2 hours to wait for boarding. Well, our host is right. Trust the experts. We still feel it is better to arrive early and be bored than to arrive late and be stressed.

We sit about and do a whole lot of nothing. Our form of entertainment is trying to find a seat under the best fan. Flights to Bora Bora and Huahine come and go with great frequency. Eventually it is our turn.

Air Tahiti – plane selfie.

We board our Air Tahiti flight and are on our way to Tikehua. The excitement is tangible.

Tahiti overnight was arriving just before midnight 26th March 2018 and leaving on the 27th in the morning up to Tikehau
Updated 22 September 2019


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