Overall, French Polynesia is relatively safe compared with most Western countries, but occasional robberies do occur, and there has been a rise in muggings in Pape'ete in recent years. Avoid walking alone at night in the capital.
Don't leave anything of value in a rental car or on the beach and ensure that your room or bungalow is securely locked.
There are a lot of dogs roaming around French Polynesia; a few (especially when they're in packs) are aggressive. Pretending to throw a stone often discourages them.
Swimmers should always be aware of currents and riptides. If you're not familiar with water conditions, ask around. It's best not to swim alone in unfamiliar places.
When sunbathing or walking around a coconut grove, beware of falling coconuts – they can cause severe head injuries.
French Polynesia has a bad record when it comes to road safety, which means that you must drive defensively at all times. Potential dangers include drunk drivers and excessive speed.