It is 20 min from the airport. We stayed at the Beachcomber Tahiti. It was awesome. We planned to rent a car there at the hotel and just play the day by ear. Well, that didn't quite work out since my air conditioned car was rented out. So we opted for a tour of the city. We checked right in on the ship. Fastest check in we have ever had!! I would highly suggest the Patrick's Tour with the water falls. The photos our friends took were unbelievable. Hope you have a great time. We plan to return 4-19-06 for the final TP sailing!!