Tap Water Safety in French Polynesia

Can you drink the tap water in French Polynesia?

In general, no.

The US Center for Disease Control's travel advisory recommends avoiding tap water and drinking bottled or disinfected water in French Polynesia (source).

Like all countries though, water accessibility, sanitation, and treatment vary widely from location to location, so we encourage looking for specific city information.

The most commonly searched cities in French Polynesia are:

For a full list of cities in French Polynesia, scroll to the bottom of this post or click here.

World Health Organization French Polynesia Water Summary

The World Health Organization estimates that 99 percent of French Polynesia have access to drinkable tap water.

World Health Organization's 2017 French Polynesia Water Data

The World Health Organization data on water quality and availability throughout French Polynesia includes the national average, averages for urban population centers, and averages for rural areas.

Safely ManagedA location that safe, drinkable water that is free of biological or chemical contaminants available on premise.
At Least BasicSafe drinkable water is available within 30 minutes from the location
LimitedIt would take more than 30 minutes from the location to access safe, drinkable water.
YearPopulation in 1000sSafely managedAt Least BasicLimited

What Do People In French Polynesia Think About The Tap Water?

Travelers and residents of French Polynesia have rated the water quality and pollution as follows, according to subjective survey data.

A score of 100% is considered very high, and a score of 0% is very low. Please be cautious that "moderate to very high" water pollution is bad and the higher the rate of water quality the better.

Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility38%Moderate
Water Pollution44%Moderate
Drinking Water Quality and Accessibility62%Moderate
Water Quality56%Moderate

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View our tap water report on all cities in French Polynesia