Air Tahiti Island Hopper Review: Cheaper Than Maldives

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The Air Tahiti Flight Review is part of the Tahiti Triumph Trip Report. It covers the following cities:

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It cost $500/pax to take the Maldives Seaplane from the airport to the Conrad Rangali Island. That’s a steep price for a thirty minute flight but it was quite the experience. In Tahiti, inter-island flights are operated by Air Tahiti which is separate from Air Tahiti Nui, the international carrier. Points are not redeemable on Air Tahiti but the price of the island hopper was reasonable. For $400 I flew from Papeete to Bora Bora to Moorea and back to Papeete. If you’re looking to cut costs it may be better to book from Papeete to Bora Bora to Moorea. From there, you can take the ferry back to PPT. If you elect this option, you’ll miss out on one of the shortest flights in the world. The airplane goes up and seven minutes later it goes back down. The best part for all of the flights is the view of the sea and the islands as you make your approach.

Note: There is a weight restriction for bags depending on which ticket you book. I only had carry-on luggage and used this trick to bypass the 10kg limit.

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The plane, the plane
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Taking off
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Approach
Moorea airport
Moorea airport

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Taking off again
Taking off again
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Pineapple express
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Approach

 

 

5 COMMENTS

  1. Just got back from Tahiti a couple weeks ago. Air Tahiti was decent and they were kind enough not to upcharge me when I changed flights between PPT and BOB (both directions).

    The rest of the trip, ummm ok not spectacular. I should write a trip review it’ll cover, Waikiki (trump hotel), PPT (Intercontinental), BOB (Hilton and Four Seasons). It would be interesting to see if our reviews match up.

  2. Ha, I saw where you said you would rather have gone to Hawaii. I said the exact same thing to DH during our trip. I could have skipped Waikiki and spent a week on Maui in Wailea, been just have satisfied and it would have cost waaaay less. I’ll buck the usual trend of oohs and ahhs, and say yep mediocrity covers it.

    • kaanaapali for me. Did you read the le moana comments? now i’m being criticized for saying i was going to rip the hotel but didn’t do severely enough. lol i give up

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