Getting There

The Yacht Week

By The Yacht Week

Posted on 21st February 2022

Travelling to Tahiti

Tahiti is 5000 miles from the nearest continent. To get to the islands you will need to fly to Faa’a International Airport. A flight to Tahiti will take you 8 hrs from Los Angeles and 9 hours from Sydney. The check-in marina is a further 1 hour 'hopper flight' from the main airport.

COVID Requirements

French Polynesia have updated their COVID entry requirements. Only vaccinated travellers will be permitted entry without isolation. In addition, if your last vaccine dose was more than 9 months prior to your arrival you must present evidence that you have had a booster shot. More information can be found here

In addition, all travellers must present the airline with a negative SARS-CoV-2 test (RT-PCR or PCR or antigenic) less than 24 hours prior to departure. More information can be found here


Update: As of Monday, March 28th, 2022, Register on the ETIS platform will no be longer required. Guests who already have paid for an ETIS can secure a refund by emailing


Raiatea Airport (RFP) is the closest airport to the starting marina. You will need to fly via Faa’a International Airport (PPT) to get there.

  • Step 1 - fly to Faa'a International Airport (PPT) on the Island of Pape'ete.
  • Step 2 - fly to Raiatea Airport (RFP) on the Island of Raiatea.

We recommend booking flights to Raiatea from LAX with Air Tahiti Nui, the national carrier. With daily flights from LAX and Paris, the inflight service and entertainment will kick your trip off with an authentic Polynesian feel.

Air Tahiti Nui currently has a promotion with flights from LAX to Tahiti from $792. Check out this link below for more information.

Unfortunately, due to this current offer Air Tahiti Nui are no longer able to offer bespoke discounts to TYW guests. Direct flights are also available from SFO with other airlines.

For the short flight from Papa'ete to Raiatea we recommend using Air Tahiti -

There is also a ferry from Papeete to Raiatea. Please see below for the timetable. Note: there are only sailings every few days.

Tahiti - Raiatea (Wednesday, Friday, Sunday)

Raiatea - Tahiti (Thursday, Saturday, Monday)


Most nationalities do not require a visa to visit, however we recommend using VisaHQ to find out if you require any visas to enter the country -

Getting to your marina

We will be using two marinas, both are less than 2km from the airport in a short taxi journey. Please check your booking for your starting marina.

Marina d'Uturoa -

Apooiti Marina -

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