Tahiti Warnings or Dangers
The largest island in the world famous Windward group of French Polynesia, Tahiti is known for beautiful beaches and waters with large schools of fish and other marine life. Some problems exist even in this tropical paradise.
Dangers in the region lurk both in the water and at sea. Pay close attention to the waters and the roads. Make sure you don’t run into wildlife that may hurt you.
The Rainy Season
The wet season extends from November to April. The wettest month is typically January. Be careful when traveling then sudden, heavy storms are common. Bring rain gear and a sturdy umbrella that won’t blow away in the gusty wind.
In the Waters
The waters in Tahiti are some of the loveliest anywhere. However, they can pose dangers. Sharks swim very near the shore. Keep a close eye on the water even if you’re only waist deep. Shark attacks are rare but not unknown. Do not bring food in the water as that will attract them. When you head out to deeper waters, be cautious when snorkeling. The offshore corals are very lovely but they have razor sharp parts. You can easily cut a foot or arm across the corals. You can wind up with nasty gash if you’re not careful. If you think you have a nasty cut, get out of the water immediately and seek medical attention or it could become infected.
Some diseases are common here that you may not find anywhere else. Typhoid can be a problem from contaminated food. Head it off before it starts by getting a typhoid vaccine before you leave. Zika has also been found in the area over the last few years. If you are pregnant, you may want to postpone your trip until the baby’s born. Zika is caused by mosquitos so bring DEET with you when you’re here.
Keep Your Things Safe
Petty theft is common on this island. Keep you car and your hotel room locked at all times. If you headed for the mountainous interior, bear in mind that roads are often not paved or filled with potholes as a result of the heavy rains. Pay close attention to the roads.
Editor’s note: The information contained on this page was compiled using real traveler reviews about warnings or dangers in Tahiti.