The Islands Of Tahiti represent a destination for which no vaccine is required; however it is preferable that your vaccinations are up to date.
Travelling in good health is the best way of enjoying a superb stay. However, in the event of health issues in French Polynesia, Tahiti medical departments are of great quality, in particular the brand new public hospital of Taaone, which is equipped with powerful equipment and has qualified staff. But it would be better to keep away from any hospital and to stay in shape during your holidays in our islands.
Some advice :
Be careful of prolonged sun exposure, 10 minutes can be enough to get unpleasant sunburns especially if you are not accustomed to such a climate. At least, cover yourself or use protective sunscreen. Wear a hat or a cap to avoid sunstroke.
Get yourself an anti-mosquito to prevent from these small flying insects which can be more harmful than they seem. The Mono’i anti-mosquito sold locally is also very effective and pleasant.
In the sea, avoid walking barefoot on stony areas but stay near to the clear and limpid water and clean sand floors. As a matter of fact, the synanceia verrucosa or stonefish, a venomous fish, lives on coral reefs, around dull coloured plants, around rocks, or in the mud or sand. This camouflaged fish will not move, even if an intruder may approach it. Its 13 dorsal fin spines can inject extremely poisonous venom. Thus do not ever try to catch it! And wear plastic sandals !
As for diving, there are some rules to be respected. Though experienced divers might be aware of them, it is always useful to recall some of these rules. Wait from 12 to 24 hours between diving and taking a flight. If several islands are programmed, please pay attention to this preceding rule.
Moreover, it is highly recommended to avoid touching the marine fauna and flora without being informed of risks such as the fire coral, sea urchins, moray eels, barracudas, sharks, stingray, jellyfish, etc.
Usually the marine animals of our lagoons are inoffensive, however it is always necessary to be careful and ask your guide advice.
Is the tap water drinkable? In French Polynesia only 4 towns have drinking water: Papeete, Arue, Bora Bora and Mahina. Generally, apart from these towns you should always prefer bottled mineral water. Do not leave your water bottles in the sun !