A South Pacific island paradise whose stunning landscape and easy filming process make it hard for filmmakers to resist
Tahiti is an island in the Windward group of French Polynesia, an overseas collectivity of the French Republic. Located in the South Pacific, Tahiti is the largest of the 118 islands and atolls that comprise French Polynesia. It is in the Society Islands, an archipelago which includes the islands of Bora Bora, Raiatea, Taha’a, Huahine and Moorea.
Composed of two volcanic mountain ranges, Tahiti is shaped like a turtle and is made of Tahiti Nui (the larger part) and Tahiti Iti (the peninsula). The two islands are linked by the isthmus of Taravao and skirted by black beaches. Towering over the ocean, Tahiti is crowned by a circle of majestic peaks.
The mountainous interior is adorned by deep valleys, clear streams and high waterfalls, all bathed in green iridescence of light. The coastal lands, edged with a rugged coastline, are home to fields of tropical flowers and most of the island’s population.
Tahiti is known for its black and white sand beaches, lush rainforest, deep valleys, clear streams, high waterfalls, surf spots, underwater photography and golf courses. The island is located south of the equator, in the same time zone as Hawaii, and halfway between California and Australia.
It is where cultures from all the archipelagos are mixed. With lush green peaks reaching more than 7,300 feet, its scenery is dramatic. Cascading waterfalls and rippling pools in the jungle-like interior provide a striking contrast to the beaches and turquoise lagoons of the island’s perimeter.
Tahiti resorts have over-water bungalows on wooden platforms placed directly above the ocean. Some of them also have glass floors to provide a clear view of the ocean beneath. Tahiti is also rich in history and some of the old archaeological sites still stand, telling the tale of the people who lived there centuries ago. Apart from numerous Hollywood films being shot in Tahiti, the region is also famous when it comes to shooting reality shows like The Bachelorette, Keeping Up With The Kardashians and many others.
Film location permits are dealt with locally and are generally a fast and easy process. Both private and public locations are usually very open to filming. Tahiti is an hour flight to Bora Bora and half an hour by boat to Moorea. Internationally, Tahiti is an 8-hour flight from Los Angeles and 5 hours from New Zealand.
Tahiti offers long, sunny shoot days all year around. The hot, humid season runs from November to April. Trade winds temper the heat. The cooler, dry season runs from May to October. November to April is the wet season, the wettest month of which is January and August is the driest. The average temperature ranges between 21 and 31 °C with little seasonal variation. The lowest and highest temperatures range between 16 and 34 °C.
Five archipelagoes, 118 islands and an unbelievable range of locations and landscapes
The most beautiful lagoons in the world
Year-round tropical climate
The TRIP(Tax rebate for international production)
Local professionals and experienced crew
ATA carnet (an international Customs document expediting temporary imports into foreign countries with relief from duties and taxes) accepted for temporary import of equipment
No permits (when production is not obstructing a public place)
No union quotas, producers are free to come and shoot with their own crew or hire local people
Preliminary scouting assistance with all logistics
Safety and comfort – Tahiti is a safe country, with very strong rules of security, hygiene and health.
The TRIP (Tax Rebate For International Production)
France offers a tax incentive that may be applied to film and television productions in French Polynesia. France now offers a 30-per cent tax rebate for foreign features and TV productions – Tax Rebate for International Production (TRIP). The TRIP supports foreign companies whose projects are completely or partly made in France or its overseas countries and territories. To be eligible, projects must include elements related to French culture, heritage, or territory and include a producer from France.