Tahiti/ French Polynesia Driving Advice and Car Hire Info
Driving in Tahiti
French Polynesian islands drive on the right. Most main roads are paved but smaller roads may not be and consequently may not be in good condition. Papeete tends to be congested with all sorts of vehicles and motorbikes jockeying for position but traffic is light once you get out of town. You should drive cautiously, especially at night when you may encounter animals, unlit motorbikes and pedestrians in poorly lit roads. Most of the road circumnavigating Tahiti has streetlights, but smaller roads and streets don’t. In general, apart from traffic in towns you shouldn’t find driving in French Polynesia too challenging.
Avis also have branches on Raiatea, Bora Bora, and Rangiroa.
Tahiti Self Drive Rules
You can drive using your home countries licence in French Polynesia.The big companies usually allow cars to be transported between Islands though you may have to pay for maritime insurance. Hertz quote between 2300 and 3100 XPF depending on the type of car.