Safe Travel

  • 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.