Saturday, February 17, 2007

Air Tahiti - Part 3

Air Tahiti Plane

Available for purchase only in French Polynesia are two additional airpasses that can offer you substanital savings. They are the Les Pass "Bleu"s.

The Pass Bleu Decouverte is for travel from Tahiti to Huahine, Raiatea and Moorea. Last summer it cost 19200.

The regular Pass Bleu goes from Tahiti to Huahine, Raiatea, Bora Bora and Moorea. (Note that Maupiti is not included.) Last summer it cost 25200.

The rules are the same as the airpasses discussed previously EXCEPT that you have to travel on bleu (blue) flights to and from Tahiti and on bleu or blanc (white) flights between the other islands. Between Moorea and Tahiti (which has to be your last island) you will be traveling on Air Tahiti or (more likely) Air Moorea and need not worry about availability. Your checked luggage limit is 10 kgs (22 lbs).

If you are traveling on a Pass Bleu or if you have a Youth (Jeune), Senior (Marama) or Family (Famille) card (which I will discuss later) you need to be aware of Red (Rouge), White (Blanc) and Blue (Bleu) flights. If you do not fit in those categories skip over this as all flights are equal for you.

The red flights are the most popular (and hence most expensive), then come the whites and after that the blues. There are a limited number of discounted seats on these flights as others are paying full (or full local) fares for them.

According to last summers schedule, if you wanted to catch a blue flight to Bora Bora from Tahiti your choices would be (for the 50 minute flight):

Monday (Lundi):
5:00 am
5:30 am
3:20 pm
6:00 pm

Tuesday (Mardi):
2:10 pm

Wednesday (Mercredi):
5:15 pm
5:40 pm

Thursday (Jeudi):
1:15 pm
5:55 pm

Friday (Vendredi):
6:40 am
5:00 pm

Saturday (Samedi):
5:25 am
1:00 pm
3:05 pm
5:15 pm

Sunday (Dimanche):
7:20 am
2:40 pm
4:55 pm
6:45 pm

I don't know how far in advance the blue seats on these flights get booked up. You are competing with locals who can make reservations for them in advance. You cannot do that if you are out of the country.

Looking at last summers schedule from Tahiti to Huahine I see that there is no blue flight on Fridays for that route.

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