My mother and I departed from Los Angeles on Air Tahiti Nui(ATN) on an over night flight. We exchanged about $150 USD for XPF at the LA airport for a $6 charge. We wanted to pay cabs and food upon arrival in XPF. You can exchange money on the ship for a great rate!
ATN Flight-The seats were comfortable a dinner was served around 1am and breakfast around 3:30-4am. Both were good. The flight was a little bumpy. ATN gave out blankets, pillows, head phones, night mask, socks and ear plugs to each passenger. There were 8 different movies to watch.
We arrived in Tahiti at 5:30am. We booked a day room at the Sofitel for $120 USD. It had 2 single beds a free bottle of water and some instant coffee/tea. Bring an adapter for your plugs as most if not all of the hotels have European outlets. The cab to get to the Sofitel was 1700xpf.
June, July, August are the South Pacific's winter months so bring a light jacket and one pair of comfy pants/sweat pants for the cold days on deck.
We arrived to board the ship at 3pm and were ushered right on. They took our bags up. It took about 15 min. altogether. We had a balcony stateroom with 2 single beds. The room was a good size with PLENTY of storage. The bathroom had a tub and more storage. There is NO outlet in the bathroom. The room had 1 US outlet near the room vanity and one near the TV. There are also European outlets in the same spots. There is not good lighting near the vanity.
Room service was quick and good. Our chamber maid Erlinda was AMAZING. The balconies have ample space. There was always fresh fruit and soda/water/beer/ice in the fridge.
The reception desk has free motion sickness pills. The boat does rock while cruising. We had one rough night that many passengers were sick. I brought ginger and non drowsy pills but the ships pills worked best. They will give you whatever you need.
Food was fabulous, drinks were filled constantly and the atmosphere is wonderful. The ship gives you a schedule the night before. Some ports have free shuttles and some ports you need to pay for shuttles and taxis when you get off. We never had a problem getting a cab. You can rent cars/scooters but get there early as they run out.
We did 3 excursions separate from the boat. The best was on Aitutaki island. We did TeKings' 5 island snorkel. It was amazing. TeKing is a riot and the snorkeling/islands were top notch. We met so many great people on this excursion.
Each island takes different currency. It is best to have USD and XPF. I can't say enough about what a great experience this was. I met so many wonderful people. I am hoping to go back again some day.