French Polynesia, as its name suggests, offers a fantastic mix of French chic and South Pacific charm. Whether visitors want to enjoy the fantastic sailing conditions in this haven for 'yachties', scuba-dive or gorge on the unique mix of French and Polynesian cuisine, French Polynesia offers it all.
While Tahiti is the most famous island in the group, French Polynesia holidays have so much more to offer visitors. A tailor-made holiday can include the soaring hills of the Asrals and Gambias, the volcanic Society and Maquesas Islands and the coral islands of the Tuamotas. Then there is Rangiroa, the second biggest atoll in the world, which has a lagoon like a vast inland sea, the configuration of which causes powerful currents that make it a mecca for divers.
Nautical activities, namely shark and ray feeding excursions, are also the main attraction of Bora Bora, a former World War II base located just over 257 kilometres to the northwest of the French Polynesian capital, Papeete. Neighbouring Taha'a is famous for its water sports but also for its vanilla production and pearl farming.
It is not hard to see why Captain Cook, W. Somerset Maughan, Robert Louis Stevenson and Paul Gauguin were all fans of the Polynesian Islands.
Official language is French, but Tahitian also spoken.
Time Difference (GMT) - 11 hours
Climate & average temperatures
Air New Zealand, Air Tahiti Nui
Flight time from UK
Not with a UK passport if staying less than 3 months
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Impressive luxury resort in Bora Bora reaching new levels of spelndour and effortless elegance
Nightly entertainment, shark & ray feeding, horse riding, hiking & sunset cocktail cruises, Kids club 5-12yrs, 100 villas
Surrounded by sand-fringed islets on an outer coral reef that enclose a turquoise lagoon
100 over water bungalow suites, Stargazing cruises, shark & bat ray feeding, Kids club 5-12yrs, teen club 13-17yrs, 15 bungalow suites & villas with private pool
Situated between the two hearts of Motu Piti Aau, a coral island on the Barrier Reef, this is the newest five star hotel in Bora Bora.
Shark & ray feeding, helicopter tours & submarine tours, Scuba-diving, canoeing, kayaking & snorkelling, 83 villas, Spa
Located on the small, stunning islet of Motu Tautau this in one of the most exclusive resorts in French Polynesia.
45 suites, Volleyball, badminton, table tennis & shark feeding, Kayaking, snorkelling, canoeing, windsurfing, jet skiing & scuba-diving, 11 villas
This beautiful 5 star luxury resort on the island of Tetiaroa in the French Polynesia is rich in history and culture.
All-inclusive, , 35 villas, EcoStation & resort boutique, Stargazing, educational talks, cultural & heritage tours, Paddle boarding, snorkelling, diving, kayaking & sailing, Kids den
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