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French Polynesia

The idyllic islands of Tahiti - a South Pacific paradise

Located in the South Pacific Ocean, the islands of French Polynesia are the epitome of remote island paradise. This incredible island archipelago, consists of some 118 islands and atolls and is made up of the Society, Tuamotu, Gambier, Austral and Marquesas island groups and covers an area the size of Europe!

The scenery here is spectacular with forested volcanic peaks rising from the crystal clear waters, long stretches of white sandy beaches, vast swathes of palm trees, protected marine parks and ancient pacific island culture at the heart of it all.

Bora Bora and Tahiti are the most well known of the islands and are home to some of the most luxurious hotels in the world, but with so many islands to witness and many adventures to be had, why not go and explore the land of legacy and legend!

Stay a bit longer

There are numerous domestic flight options throughout French Polynesia meaning you can easily combine island stays to create a complete French Polynesian experience and we have the rates and knowledge to put a tailor-made package together for you.

As well as the islands there are numerous options in New Zealand, Australia, Asia and North America to consider.

Whatever you may fancy adding on to your French Polynesia trip we will be happy to guide you and assist with your travel needs.

Quick Guide: French Polynesia

  • Location: South Pacific Ocean
  • When to go: All year round (driest Mar – Nov)
  • Average air temp: Tropical 25°C – 32°C
  • Average water temp: 24°C – 28°C
  • Recommended diver level: Good for all levels but better if you are PADI Advanced (or equivalent) with minimum 25 dives 

Tahiti

The country’s largest island is the heartbeat of French Polynesia. Surrounded by a circle of majestic peaks, the Island of Tahiti, towers over the ocean and is adorned with mystical valleys, clear streams, lava tubes, sacred sites and high waterfalls. With the majority of the island’s population residing near the shore, the interior of the island feeling almost untouched and ripe for exploring.

The island’s capital Papeete is the entry point to French Polynesia and boasts world-class resorts, spas, fine dining, vibrant markets, museums, pearl shops, and boutiques.

Tahiti is famous for it’s hospitality and relaxed atmosphere. Where ever you go people are friendly, welcoming and smiling.

How to get there

Getting to Tahiti is easier than you may think considering it is in the middle of the ocean. There are direct flights into Papeete from LA (8 hours), Auckland (5 hours 30 mins) and Tokyo (11 hours) with the most direct routing through LA.

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Bora Bora

Bora Bora is considered by many to be the most stunning place on the planet. Long associated with exclusivity and luxury you will find an amazing tropical paradise here that is hard to beat.

An incredible lagoon surrounds the ancient Mt Otemanu (a dormant volcano) and resembles an artist’s palette of bright blues and greens and fringed by perfect white sandy beaches.   

Tropical fish animate the coral gardens and giant manta rays and sharks glide leisurely past, offering excellent diving and snorkelling opportunities.

Bora Bora is home of the over water bungalow and you will find that most resorts have these lining the lagoon with the spectacular Mt Otemanu being the focal point.

There are many activities to consider while staying here, although just taking in the scenery from the lagoon is a firm favourite!

How to get there

Just a 50 minute flight from Papeete there are several daily flights in and out of Bora Bora.

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Moorea

Just a 30 minute ferry ride from Papeete, Moorea feels like it is a world away and is one of the most beautiful islands in French Polynesia. Marvel at Moorea’s bright blue lagoon, peaceful meadows, pineapple plantations, myriad of flowers and waterfalls tumbling down fern covered cliffs as well as majestic bays and white sandy beaches.

Moorea is not just a peaceful haven for artists and poets drawing inspiration from the beautiful surroundings. Adventure abounds here. Divers and snorkellers love the varied coral reef eco system and the colourful mix of sharks, rays, turtles and tropical fish found in the lagoon.

As well as the water sports available here there are incredible hiking trails, horse riding and 4WD exploring around the ancient volcanic crater.

Accommodations come in all shapes and sizes here with some of the most luxurious resorts to beach houses, lodges and lodging with locals for that truly authentic experience.

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Rangiroa

Known as the endless lagoon or lagoon ocean, Rangiroa is a diver’s paradise. You are presented with a very different landscape to most of the Tahitian islands here. There are no soaring mountain peaks or vast swathes of tropical forests, instead there are hundreds of flat islets (motu) and sandbars surrounding the mighty blue lagoon. There is strangely also a small lagoon within the lagoon as well as pink sandy beaches that have to be seen to be believed.

Being the second largest Atoll in the world there are numerous options of excursions and world class dive sites here. Hiria pass, close to Tiputa village, shelters hammerheads and a resident pod of bottlenose dolphins.This natural aquarium also has some amazing passes where sharks and turtles can be found as well as pristine coral reefs filled with tropical fish. There are also plenty of opportunities to explore the uninhabited islets where birds nest and unspoilt beaches lie.

With far fewer resorts and hotels here it is a truly remote location away from crowds.

How to get there

Just a 1 hour flight from Papeete there are several daily flights in and out of Rangiroa.

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Fakarava

Similar in appearance to Rangiroa, Fakarava is another incredible lagoon surrounded by miles of motu with untouched beaches and a sense of history and culture.

The atolls here host some incredible architectural and archaeological heritage with the ancient village of Tetamanu and remains dotted around the islands.

The huge lagoon is an untouched wildlife sanctuary protected by UNESCO offering the chance to see rare and endemic creatures as well as fluorescent corals, thousands of schooling fish and ‘walls’ of lemon and hammerhead sharks near the nutrient rich passes.

There are also few resorts here, so you can enjoy amazing diving experiences without the crowds and soak up the island culture and heritage.

How to get there

There are daily flights from Papeete that take 1 hour and 10 minutes. 

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