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The Time in French Polynesia (Tahiti)

Sunday, October 20, 2013 by — creator of Time Genie

Updated: Friday, March 11, 2016

What time is it in French Polynesia (Tahiti)? This is a commonly asked question — but this question requires a question in return — where in French Polynesia (Tahiti) or should we say where in Tahiti?

French Polynesia has 3 time zones!

Although officially called French Polynesia, most people know French Polynesia as Tahiti. Some even romantically refer to Tahiti as Tahiti and Her Islands.

When it comes to Tahiti and her time zones, there are actually 3 time zones even though official sites such as Tahiti Tourisme only mention two time zones. However, Tahiti and Her Islands have in fact three time zones. The third time zone is not mentioned on the Tahiti web site most likely due to the fact that the third time zone is not visited by many tourists due to its distance from the main island of Tahiti.

The island of Tahiti, which is located in the Windward Islands group and is part of the Society Islands, is located in the GMT -10 time zone. The capital of Papeete is located on the island of Tahiti and this is where most tourists visiting Tahiti and Her Islands arrive.

The second time zone is for the Marquesas Islands. The Marquesas Islands are in the GMT -9:30 time zone.

The third time zone that is not mentioned by Tahiti Tourisme is for the Gambier Islands which are located in the GMT -9 time zone.

What's interesting and perhaps hard for some to understand or comprehend is that Tahiti is in the same time zone as Hawaii. One could say that Hawaii is located straight north of Tahiti.

To ensure accuracy of information, Time Genie contacted Tahiti Tourisme by phone. The phone conversation confirmed that French Polynesia does in fact have 3 time zones described by Time Genie.

France annexed various Polynesian island groups during the 19th century. In September 1995, France stirred up widespread protests by resuming nuclear testing on the Mururoa Atoll after a three–year moratorium. Mururoa Atoll is located in the Tuamotu Archipelago. The tests were suspended in January 1996.

French Polynesia is located in the South Pacific Ocean, about one–half of the way from South America to Australia.


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What Time Is It In French Polynesia (Tahiti)?

There are 3 time zones in French Polynesia.

Map of French Polynesia (Tahiti)
A map of French Polynesia Tahiti) — map copyright Time Genie.

The Time Zone Used in French Polynesia

Time Zone Major Towns, Islands, Atolls
Gambier Islands Time Mangareva Island, Temoe Atoll
Marquesas Islands Time Atuona, Fatu Hiva Island, Nuku Hiva, Tahuata, Ua Huka Island, Ua Pou Island
Tahiti Time Faaa, Faanui, Fare, Hao, Hao Atoll, Makemo Atoll, Maupiti Island, Moerai, Moorea Island, Papeete, Rangiroa Atoll, Rurutu Island, Tahaa, Tubuai Island, Uturoa, Vaitape

Time Zone Data

Information about the time zone used in French Polynesia.

Standard Time
Gambier Islands Time GIT GMT -9
Marquesas Islands Time MIT GMT -9:30
Tahiti Time TAHT GMT -10

Daylight Saving Time

Daylight saving time (DST) is not used in French Polynesia.

French Polynesia Time Zone Chart

By using the following time zone chart you can see the time differences between the 3 time zones in French Polynesia and GMT (Greenwich Mean Time).

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Gambier Islands Time Marquesas Islands Time Tahiti Time GMT
00:00 12:00 AM 23:30 11:30 PM 23:00 11:00 PM 09:00 9:00 AM
01:00 1:00 AM 00:30 12:30 AM 00:00 12:00 AM 10:00 10:00 AM
02:00 2:00 AM 01:30 1:30 AM 01:00 1:00 AM 11:00 11:00 AM
03:00 3:00 AM 02:30 2:30 AM 02:00 2:00 AM 12:00 12:00 PM
04:00 4:00 AM 03:30 3:30 AM 03:00 3:00 AM 13:00 1:00 PM
05:00 5:00 AM 04:30 4:30 AM 04:00 4:00 AM 14:00 2:00 PM
06:00 6:00 AM 05:30 5:30 AM 05:00 5:00 AM 15:00 3:00 PM
07:00 7:00 AM 06:30 6:30 AM 06:00 6:00 AM 16:00 4:00 PM
08:00 8:00 AM 07:30 7:30 AM 07:00 7:00 AM 17:00 5:00 PM
09:00 9:00 AM 08:30 8:30 AM 08:00 8:00 AM 18:00 6:00 PM
10:00 10:00 AM 09:30 9:30 AM 09:00 9:00 AM 19:00 7:00 PM
11:00 11:00 AM 10:30 10:30 AM 10:00 10:00 AM 20:00 8:00 PM
12:00 12:00 PM 11:30 11:30 AM 11:00 11:00 AM 21:00 9:00 PM
13:00 1:00 PM 12:30 12:30 PM 12:00 12:00 PM 22:00 10:00 PM
14:00 2:00 PM 13:30 1:30 PM 13:00 1:00 PM 23:00 11:00 PM
15:00 3:00 PM 14:30 2:30 PM 14:00 2:00 PM 00:00 12:00 AM
16:00 4:00 PM 15:30 3:30 PM 15:00 3:00 PM 01:00 1:00 AM
17:00 5:00 PM 16:30 4:30 PM 16:00 4:00 PM 02:00 2:00 AM
18:00 6:00 PM 17:30 5:30 PM 17:00 5:00 PM 03:00 3:00 AM
19:00 7:00 PM 18:30 6:30 PM 18:00 6:00 PM 04:00 4:00 AM
20:00 8:00 PM 19:30 7:30 PM 19:00 7:00 PM 05:00 5:00 AM
21:00 9:00 PM 20:30 8:30 PM 20:00 8:00 PM 06:00 6:00 AM
22:00 10:00 PM 21:30 9:30 PM 21:00 9:00 PM 07:00 7:00 AM
23:00 11:00 PM 22:30 10:30 PM 22:00 10:00 PM 08:00 8:00 AM

List of Cities and Towns in French Polynesia

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City Name Region Standard Time
Ahe Atoll Îles Tuamotu–Gambier GMT -10
Ahurei Austral Islands GMT -10
Anaa Atoll Îles Tuamotu–Gambier GMT -10
Apataki Atoll Îles Tuamotu–Gambier GMT -10
Arutua Atoll Îles Tuamotu–Gambier GMT -10
Atoll Hereheretue Îles Tuamotu–Gambier GMT -10
Atuona Marquesas Islands GMT -9:30
Eiao Marquesas Islands GMT -9:30
Faaa Windward Islands GMT -10
Faaite Atoll Îles Tuamotu–Gambier GMT -10
Faanui Leeward Islands GMT -10
Fakahina Atoll Îles Tuamotu–Gambier GMT -10
Fakarava Atoll Îles Tuamotu–Gambier GMT -10
Fangatau Atoll Îles Tuamotu–Gambier GMT -10
Fare Leeward Islands GMT -10
Fatu Hiva Island Marquesas Islands GMT -9:30
Fatu Huku Marquesas Islands GMT -9:30
Hao Îles Tuamotu–Gambier GMT -10
Hao Atoll Îles Tuamotu–Gambier GMT -10
Hatutu Island Marquesas Islands GMT -9:30
Hikueru Atoll Îles Tuamotu–Gambier GMT -10
Hooumi Marquesas Islands GMT -9:30
Ikitake Îles Tuamotu–Gambier GMT -10
Îles Maria Austral Islands GMT -10
Kaukura Atoll Îles Tuamotu–Gambier GMT -10
Makemo Atoll Îles Tuamotu–Gambier GMT -10
Mangareva Island Îles Tuamotu–Gambier GMT -9
Manihi Atoll Îles Tuamotu–Gambier GMT -10
Maroe Leeward Islands GMT -10
Marotiri Austral Islands GMT -10
Marutea Sud Îles Tuamotu–Gambier GMT -10
Mataiva Atoll Îles Tuamotu–Gambier GMT -10
Maupiti Island Leeward Islands GMT -10
Moerai Austral Islands GMT -10
Mohotani Marquesas Islands GMT -9:30
Moorea Island Windward Islands GMT -10
Mururoa Atoll Îles Tuamotu–Gambier GMT -10
Napuka Island Îles Tuamotu–Gambier GMT -10
Niau Îles Tuamotu–Gambier GMT -10
Nuku Hiva Marquesas Islands GMT -9:30
Nukutavake Island Îles Tuamotu–Gambier GMT -10
Papeete Windward Islands GMT -10
Puka–Puka Atoll Îles Tuamotu–Gambier GMT -10
Pukarua Atoll Îles Tuamotu–Gambier GMT -10
Raivavae Austral Islands GMT -10
Rangiroa Atoll Îles Tuamotu–Gambier GMT -10
Raroia Îles Tuamotu–Gambier GMT -10
Reao Atoll Îles Tuamotu–Gambier GMT -10
Rimatara Austral Islands GMT -10
Rurutu Island Austral Islands GMT -10
Tahaa Leeward Islands GMT -10
Tahuata Marquesas Islands GMT -9:30
Taiohae Marquesas Islands GMT -9:30
Takapoto Atoll Îles Tuamotu–Gambier GMT -10
Takaroa Atoll Îles Tuamotu–Gambier GMT -10
Takume Atoll Îles Tuamotu–Gambier GMT -10
Tatakoto Atoll Îles Tuamotu–Gambier GMT -10
Tematangi Atoll Îles Tuamotu–Gambier GMT -10
Temoe Atoll Îles Tuamotu–Gambier GMT -9
Tetiaroa Island Windward Islands GMT -10
Tikehau Atoll Îles Tuamotu–Gambier GMT -10
Tubuai Island Austral Islands GMT -10
Tureia Atoll Îles Tuamotu–Gambier GMT -10
Ua Huka Island Marquesas Islands GMT -9:30
Ua Pou Island Marquesas Islands GMT -9:30
Uturoa Leeward Islands GMT -10
Vahitahi Atoll Îles Tuamotu–Gambier GMT -10
Vaitape Leeward Islands GMT -10
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