Experts in Australia, New Zealand & South Pacific

French Polynesia Holidays

Holidays to French Polynesia guarantee stunning tropical scenery and dreamy beaches, combined with a warm South Pacific welcome.

French Polynesia’s 118 islands stretch over an area the size of Europe. So it can be difficult to know which of the country's idyllic islands to choose.

Most of the islands boast shallow lagoons, with forest-clad slopes and gorgeous sandy coves. The waters surrounding them are also protected UNESCO Biosphere Reserves, rich in marine life. Go snorkelling and you’ll likely see an array of creatures from manta rays to dolphins and lemon sharks.

There are five groups of islands to discover; the Austral, Gambier, Marquesas, Society and Tuamotu archipelagos. While the capital city and international gateway is Papeete, found on the largest island, Tahiti.

In the Society Islands, pick between Moorea with its dramatic volcanic landscape. Bora Bora with its secluded beaches and overwater bungalows floating above turquoise waters. Or Tahiti, where the cultures from all the archipelagos collide.

One visit to this island nation and it’s easy to see why it has captured the hearts of travellers for centuries. Captain James Cook and the French artist, Paul Gauguin, included.

Whichever island you decide, a holiday to French Polynesia is a couple’s paradise. Be it for your dream honeymoon or the perfect romantic retreat. Situated between Los Angeles and Australia, the islands also make the ideal stopover for your journey Down Under. 

The calm lagoon waters of French Polynesia offer fantastic snorkelling – for that adrenaline rush head out on a shark or ray feeding trip
Katie, Destination Manager

What to do in French Polynesia

Take a look at all the escorted tours and excursions on offer for your next trip to French Polynesia.

Choose your adventures

Places to stay in French Polynesia

From self-catered apartments to all-inclusive luxury hotels, find the ideal accommodation for your French Polynesia holiday.

Choose your accommodation

Recommended experiences

What kind of holiday experiences are you looking for?

Select your travel interests to find the experiences you’ll love. Then add your favourites to your Travel Plan to start building your tailor-made trip.

From the blog

Traveller's guide

  • Travellers Guide: 

    Useful information

    Currency: Pacific Franc (CFP)

    Language(s): French and Tahitian, though most hotels and services also speak English

    Time difference: GMT -10

    Flying time: approx. 30 hours + 2 stops

    International airport: Papeete (code: PPT)

    Recommended airlines: Air New Zealand, Cathay Pacific and Singapore Airlines

    Visa: British citizens do not require a visa to travel to French Polynesia if your stay is less than 90 days. However, you will need a valid passport for at least six months from your date of arrival.

    Best time to visit French Polynesia

    The islands of French Polynesia enjoy balmy temperatures year-round. However, the same as most other South Pacific islands, they have a dry season and a wet season.

    High season: winter (May to Oct)

    • Dry season means sunny days and pleasant temperatures in the high 20s.
    • The holiday months of July and August are when the islands are at their busiest so book your accommodation well in advance if planning to travel in peak season.

    Shoulder season: autumn and spring (Apr to May and Oct to Nov)

    • Temperatures become more comfortable and there’s less humidity from April as the wet season comes to an end, while October and November are pleasant though can see the odd tropical shower.
    • The shoulder months provide an ideal combination of sunshine and warmth, outside of peak travel times.

    Low season: summer (Nov to Apr)

    • Wet season in French Polynesia means high humidity and temperatures with heavy rainfall, especially in the months of December and January.
    • Temperatures reach the 30s and remain in the high 20s at night so an air-conditioned room is a must.
  • Travellers Guide: 

    Getting there

    As the most eastern islands in the South Pacific, French Polynesia is a great stopover option if flying to Australia or New Zealand via LA. Or the perfect place to soak up some sun before heading home. If visiting one (or more) of the islands for your honeymoon, you can also combine with a short stopover in a buzzing South East Asian city to break up the flights.

    See all our stopover destinations here.

    Approximate flying times:

    • London Heathrow to Papeete = 30 hours + 2 stops
    • Sydney to Papeete = 9 hours 30 minutes + 1 stop
    • Los Angeles to Papeete = 8 hours 30 minutes
    • Auckland to Papeete = 5 hours

    Getting around

    French Polynesia’s domestic carrier is Air Tahiti with an impressive network covering 47 of the islands. For instance, flying to Moorea takes just 15 minutes and a flight to Bora Bora around 50 minutes. Or of course, you can also get between islands by boat, the arguably more scenic way to travel. When on the islands, the best way to get around is by hiring your own car or scooter. While public transport is only available on the largest island, Tahiti.

How we create your trip

  1. Tell us your travel plans
    Fill in your travel plan with all your holiday ideas and preferences by clicking add on all the places you want to go. Our experts will then get to work creating your perfect itinerary and finding you the best deals.
  2. Book with confidence
    One of our team will get in touch with you to take you through your itinerary and once you're 100% happy with your travel plans, simply pay your deposit and start getting excited about your trip.
  3. Advice on call
    If you have any questions in the lead up, during or even after your holiday, we're always just a call away. We hope you have an amazing holiday!

Call free on 0800 988 4676