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.