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French Polynesia is one of the most isolated collection of islands on the planet. According to tahititraveler.com, French Polynesia is also one of the most expensive countries in the world, making it a far cry from a budget vacation destination. Regardless, honeymooners, big wave surfers, scuba divers and avid sailors visit Tahiti each year to take in an unparalleled tropical island experience. Air Tahiti Nui and Air France fly from the United States to Papeete non-stop. Hawaiian Airlines flies from Los Angeles to Papeete with a layover in Honolulu.
Fly to French Polynesia during the low season for discounts on airfare, lodging and activities. In Tahiti January, February and March are generally less expensive than other months. While you may contend with rain, sweltering heat and--for surfers--a lack of waves, you will also save a few dollars.
Discount vacation packages often include a ferry ride from busy Papeete to the emerald island of Moorea.
Book a vacation package. Tahiti-tourisme.com offers a seven-night vacation package that includes airfare plus two nights in Tahiti and five nights in Moorea for $1,699 per person, as of 2010. Quantas Vacations offers a similar package for $1,759.
Consider traveling to Honolulu for a few days before going to Tahiti. Flying from Honolulu to Tahiti is priced at $590 each way, as of 2010, bringing your total cost for airfare to $1,180 plus the flight to Hawaii. Flights depart to Papeete on Saturday and return to Honolulu on Friday.
Circle the globe. For twice what you pay to visit Tahiti, you can touch down at 10 different destinations. As of 2010, AroundtheWorldTickets.com priced the trip--which leaves from the west coast of the U.S.--at $2,999. In addition to French Polynesia, you will visit places like Thailand, New Zealand, Australia and Europe. Proportionally, flying around the world brings your cost of flying to Tahiti down to $300.
Layover in Tahiti. Get more bang for your travel buck with a layover in Tahiti on your way to New Zealand or Australia. As of 2010, webjet.com quotes cheap trips from LAX to Aukland, New Zealand from $749 to $1,288 during the low season. Contact the airline directly to request a layover extension in Papeete.