Capital City: Papeete
Currency: CFP Franc
Official Language: French is the official language, with Tahitian and local Polynesian also being widely spoken languages.
Welcome to a collection of the world’s most beautiful beaches…
French Polynesia is probably one of the most popular touristic destinations of the Pacific, and with good reason! Made up of 118 islands that cover 2500 square miles, this country has it all…and more! Just imagine…soaring volcanic peaks, cliffs that take your breath away and emerald lagoons that make it look like heaven could be an underwater world…There’s just one catch to this group of islands - they might be a little (or a lot) expensive to visit, thanks to the interest they spark in celebrities and honeymooners who want to get a little privacy.Traveling to French Polynesia on a budget might not be the easiest thing in the world to do, but if you’ve got the resources, these islands might juts end up being your paradise.On offer here are five awe inspiring archipelagos: the Tuamotu Islands, the Marquesas Islands, the Gambier Islands, the Austral Islands and the Society Islands, each waiting to be explored. Once you’ve read about what’s on offer here, it won’t be hard to understand why so many people have fallen head over heels in love with this island nation with its own distinctive culture and history.
Must see places in French Polynesia
The largest of the French Polynesian Islands, Tahiti is also another unmissable day trip destination while you’re in the area. On offer here is a glimpse into the fascinating Polynesian culture, local cuisine and score some bargain buys on jewelry and handicrafts.
While you’re in the vicinity, heading over to the nearby island of Bora Bora is a great idea. Located just 140 miles northwest of Papeete, the island paradise is popular under honeymooners to enjoy luxury island living.
Located in Moorea, Belvedere Lookout is home to an array of traditional temples that leads up to the lookout point. Once at the top, you’ll have a bird’s eye view over the scenic island with its breathtaking natural scenery.
This group of islands is the best place to head to for diving and snorkeling thanks to its fine coral reefs and impressive array of aquatic animals.
Just south of Tahiti, the Austral Islands offers one of the best opportunities for whale watching between then months of June and July. The humpback whales travel to Rurutu and Tubuai all the way from Antarctica to bear their offspring, which makes for one great sightseeing experience.
Located at the southernmost tip of the Marquesas Islands, Fatu Hiva is about as isolated as they come. On offer here is one of the most breathtaking bays of French Polynesia, The Bay of Virgins complete with its cliff edges, ravines ad jungles.
Located north of French Polynesia, this group of volcanic islands are just as scenic as they are remote. With crystal clear waters for snorkeling, rainforests and mountains, one doesn’t really need any more encouragement to have to consider heading there for a day trip.
Just south of Nuku Hiva, the dry desert island of Ua Pou with its oasis valleys will leave you breathless with its abundance of tropical fruit. The island itself is rich in culture and art history and is truly a must see attraction.
If you’re a little bit of a culture vulture, Iipona (which can be reached through Puamau) is one of the very best stops to make to delve into archeological findings. This is where one can find the renowned tiki figures, some of them reaching a whopping 10 feet high.
For the best diving experience, Rangiroa is a destination you can’t afford to miss out on. It’s the South Pacific’s largest atoll, one of the largest in the world too and is home to an impressive collection of marine animals such as barracuda, tuna, turtles, hammerhead sharks, dolphins and massive manta rays to name but a few.
Best time to visit French Polynesia
Tourists visit French Polynesia from June through to September
French Polynesia has its summer time from December through to March, which also happens to be the rainy season. This country luckily has year round good weather, so any time would be a great time to visit, depending on what exactly it is you want to do. June through to September sees French Polynesia’s coolest and driest temperatures
Did you know?
- Fish of all kinds including tuna, bonito, mahimahi and the many varieties of lagoon fish prepared roasted, boiled or raw.
- Fe’i Bananas
- Pineapple juice from Moorea
- Although it might be called “safe”, rather stick with bottled water and avoid drinking the tap water
- Because you’ll be spending a lot of time island hopping by boat, prevent sea-sickness by ensuring you take along anti-nausea medication