Take our word for it – once you drift onto island time you’ll never want to go back.
Of the 118 islands that make up French Polynesia, Bora Bora is the most famous. Petite and perfectly fringed by soft, sandy islets and azure lagoons protected by coral reefs, her fame is most certainly justified. There are many ways to spend your days here. You could explore the jagged peaks of Mount Otemanu, take a spa treatment, snorkel in the lagoon or simply while away the hours on the private deck of your over-water residence.
Another of our favourites is Tetiaroa, a heartbreakingly beautiful collection of private islands to the northeast of Tahiti. For hundreds of years it was the preferred retreat of the Tahitian royal family and it’s very easy to see why. Picture white sand beaches, palm trees, sparkling lagoons and birdlife in every shade under the sun and you’re almost there.
Another reason to choose Tetiaroa is its wildlife. It’s home to over 150 species of fish and if you don a snorkel and dip beneath the waves you can expect to see parrotfish, bonefish and even the occasional blacktip shark. However, you don’t need to take the plunge to witness the marine life first hand. You can often spot small pods of dolphin playing by the reef. Whales often pay Tetiaroa a visit during their annual migration, and large sea turtles lay their eggs on the sand during nesting season.
When to go
We recommend going to French Polynesia between June and October. The temperatures are milder and there are fewer rain showers with less humidity, and better visibility for divers.