After arriving in Tahiti on the most exotic and colorful B787, I traveled on Air Tahiti domestically to explore the beauty of the French Polynesian islands.

My flight was from Papeete to Bora Bora with a stop at Huahine and back. This turned out to be one of the most beautiful flights I've taken.

My Flight VT478 departed at 7:15am. There are frequent flights to Bora Bora and other popular islands. Boarding starts approximately 15 minutes before departure time.
My flight is operated by Air Tahiti ATR72-600 F-OVRT
There is no assignment on seating. It is free seating on Air Tahiti flights.
The seats look like honeymoon pair seats, they are slim but comfortable for an hour's flight as you're distracted by the amazing views throughout the flight.

I was invited to fly in the cockpit jumpseat on Air Tahiti ATR72-600.

Our first leg from Papeete to Huahine took about 30 minutes flying at 12,000 ft.

We had a clear view of the island of Moorea on the way to Huahine.
A free juice is served on the 30 minute flight.
Approching Huahine

Watch the landing into Huahine on my video below:



Huahine is an island located among the Society Islands. Our flight brings in locals, tourists and daily supplies. After 50 passengers got off, another 50 joined our flight to Bora Bora.
A selfie with first officer Tetu, "gifted son from Moorea".

After a 20 minute stop, 50 new tourists came onboard, we were ready to depart to Bora Bora.

Flying time to Bora Bora was just 15 minutes, at 4,000 ft.

Captain Quith Cowan has served the island for over 20 years as a pilot, dedicating his career to the islands instead of flying abroad.
Huahine view from departure
We flew past Raiatea and Tapaa, with a rainbow over the horizon!

The weather had become clear and I can see the turquoise-blue ocean and crystal-clear lagoon.

The scenery was out of this world and it was one of the most beautiful flights I’ve taken.

We flew around the island of Bora Bora and line up for runway 11 approach.

Watch the landing on my video below:


Bora Bora Airport

There are no roads and no cars at Bora Bora airport. The only transportation is by boat to the main center or hotel.

After 20 minutes, I hopped on the island hopper again, this time departing Bora Bora back to Papeete.

My flight back to Papette was equally as scenic, we flew low over some Tahitian overwater bungalows.

Having a Hinano Beer to top off the island hopping experience!
A farewell photo to the excellent crew of Air Tahiti. In particular thanks to Captain Quith Cowan and F/O Tetu


Aviation plays an important role in transporting travelers and cargo supplies to these islands. The scenery on the flight was simply out of this world and it was one of the most beautiful flights I’ve taken.

Air Tahiti has some island passes for those who like to visit more islands. Details are on their website.