With just over a hundred islands and atolls in French Polynesia, it’s hard to choose which of the picturesque islands to visit. Rich in dramatic scenery and friendly hospitality, expect beautiful beaches, mountain waterfalls and lush rainforests combined with a warm South Pacific welcome.
Pick between Moorea with its dramatic landscape, Bora Bora with its secluded beaches and turquoise waters, or Tahiti, the largest of the French islands. Whichever you decide, a holiday to French Polynesia is a couple’s paradise and the perfect romantic retreat.
One visit to this stunning archipelago and it’s easy to see why these islands have captured the hearts of traveller for centuries. French Polynesia comprises 118 islands stretched out over an area the size of Europe. The country is renowned for possessing islands ringed by shallow lagoons, with forest clad slopes and gorgeous sandy coves.
The islands still retain close links with France - the official language is French with over 60% of the population French speakers. French Polynesia is a diverse country and provides the perfect opportunity to island hop and explore this beautiful region of the world. There are five groups of islands to discover; the Austral, Gambier, Marquesas, Society and Tuamotu islands. The capital city is Papeete, found on the legendary island of Tahiti.
A French Polynesia holiday will give you the opportunity to stay on the beautiful island of Moorea, renowned worldwide for its idyllic bays and luxury resorts. While here, take a jeep safari through the Opunohu Valley to wander among the ruins of ancient temples, or visit the fabled Magic Mountain for breathtaking views over the island and the South Pacific.
Activities in French Polynesia
This is your chance to sail on a catamaran on year-round warm waters, go horse-riding along deserted beaches, or to try your hand at big game fishing off the coast or kayak on shallow blue lagoons. Many of the waters of French Polynesia are protected UNESCO Biosphere reserves - rich in marine life such a manta rays, dolphins and lemon sharks.
French Polynesia holidays, such as the iconic isle of Bora Bora with its overwater villas situated on calm lagoons, offer a glimpse of paradise and allow you to experience the unique, laid-back lifestyle of the South Pacific.
Perfectly situated between Los Angeles and Australia, the islands will make the perfect stopover en route to your adventure Down Under.