Don’t take my word for how great it is to work remotely from Tahiti and Mo'orea. Here is what Walt Spevak, Managing Director at Burkland, has to say about his experience doing so:
Idyllic and productive.
Those two words come to mind when reflecting on working while traveling in French Polynesia.
In October and November 2020, my wife, daughter, and I visited Tahiti and Mo'orea for two weeks, spending one week on each island. For me, it was a working vacation. Our Airbnb in Tahiti and resort hotel in Mo'orea both had strong and consistent internet connections, such that I could work whenever I wanted, including frequent video conferences.
The fact that French Polynesia is not much earlier than California makes it easy to work when others in the US are also working. I didn't realize how helpful it would be that French Polynesia has early sunrises and sunsets. It was easy staying on "California time", beginning work at 6-7 am and then stopping around 3pm, leaving the rest of the afternoon and evening to enjoy the beauty of Tahiti and Mo'orea....plus sneak in a morning break to snorkel, kayak or paddleboard.
That's where the word idyllic comes in. I hardly need to tell anyone who lives in or has visited French Polynesia how beautiful the country is. And friendly! Every day we were welcomed with the kindness of strangers, whether it was to give directions, provide a tip on something to see, or add in an extra banana or mango when buying fruit at a roadside stand. And the water and beaches! Warm water, sparkling clear, azure in color, teaming with fish. If you find where you live congested, and even if you don't, driving is easy due to the uncrowded roads. Delicious food choices abound. The price of lodging, food, and incidentals is the same or less than other vacation destinations.
To sum up, working while vacationing in Tahiti and Mo'orea is a dream. More than once we said to each other, "Is this heaven? No, this is French Polynesia."
As hard as it is to believe, the Pacific Ocean is larger than all land on Earth. And French Polynesia is way out in the middle. When you look at the globe from the perspective of French Polynesia, it looks almost entirely blue.
French Polynesia has 118 islands spread over an expanse the size of Western Europe. There are only 280,000 people. Fortunately, these folks get along better than Americans do. Even if someone feels differently towards the President, you can still like them.
More than anything, it's nice to be in a place where gratitude comes easy. When talking with locals, there is a tacit, and often explicit, acknowledgement that we are all fortunate just to be here.
Since you have read to this point, the idea of joining us must resonate with you. If you have ever gotten a good idea when in the shower, you will get breakthrough ideas when your skin touches the warm turquoise waters of French Polynesia. Maybe now is the time for you to take action. Bold is the new prudent.