French Polynesia holidays
Discover what to see with this French Polynesia travel guide.
French Polynesia is famous for its spectacular beauty, and rightly so. While it boasts 118 islands stretched over an area of 1,200 miles, only 67 of these are inhabited; and have retained their unspoilt natural splendour over the years. Add to this the genuine hospitality from locals and exclusive, luxurious accommodation, and you have a destination that really is the ultimate getaway.
While the gateway island of Tahiti is the best known of French Polynesia’s archipelago, we recommend combining it with stays in Moorea and Bora Bora. Just a short catamaran ride away from Tahiti, Moorea offers a lush tropical jungle interior with jagged mountain peaks and a shallow crystal-clear turquoise lagoon teeming with tropical fish and coral – ideal for snorkelling. A scenic flight away, with a beautiful lagoon, perfect white sand beaches, overwater bungalows and dramatic Mount Otemanu piercing the sky, Bora Bora is one of the world’s most romantic destinations and archetypal of the classic South Pacific paradise.
Head to Huahine, nicknamed the ‘Garden Island’ after its dramatic terrain, untamed landscapes, marine life and quaint villages.
The lesser-visited Raiatea and Taha'a Islands are encircled by one lagoon, but are starkly different. Raiatea has the second biggest city, and, as the birthplace of the Polynesian gods, is known as the ‘Sacred Island’. Taha’a welcomes visitors with the sultry scent of vanilla (as it produces majority of the vanilla in the country), and a lagoon packed full with marine life.
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