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French Polynesia Travel and Tourist Guide
French Polynesia tourism is all that one imagines of an exotic tropical paradise vacation - romantic, exotic, and infinitely beautiful. Travellers can find hotels, resorts, and 'pension' accommodation. These far flung islands and atolls cover a vast area of the western part of the South Pacific. Often confused as being the same as Tahiti, in fact Tahiti is just one island in a vast number of island groups that make up French Polynesia.
French Polynesia Specials
The French Polynesian island groups include ...
The International Airport is on the main island of Tahiti, an easy ride into the capital of Papeete. Papeete is a bustling port town, with open-air french-style cafes and restaurants, hotels, shops and visiting cruise liners.
- Îles Tubuai in the south
- Society Islands in the west central region comprising two parts - Îles Sous le Vent (leeward) including Bora Bora, Huahine, and Raiatea ... and Îles du Vent (windward) including Tahiti and Moorea. This region includes some of the most numerous and popular French Polynesian Resort destinations.
- Archipel des Tuamotu (the Tuamoto archipelago) in the east-central region.
- Îles Marquises (the Marquesas) in the far north-east
- Îles de Bass - remote Marotiri and Rapa in the extreme south.
- Archipel des Gambier (Gambier Archipelago) in the extreme south-east.
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French Polynesia Main Attractions
So what makes French Polynesia special?
French Polynesia travel bookings are easier than ever. Air Pacific (Qantas codeshare) flies in from Australia, New Zealand and LAX. Air New Zealand flies in from Auckland NZ, Los Angeles and Cook Islands. Hawaaian Air have a direct service to and from Honolulu. Air France also offer international air routes from Europe into Papeete. Once you are in Papeete, Air Tahiti offer domestic routes to many island and atoll destinations in the various parts of French Polynesia.
- Easy access by air direct from around the world.
- Excellent domestic flight services to the various atolls by Air Tahiti.
- While in Tahiti, visit the Gauguin Museum for an historical insight into Tahiti's romantic past.
- Well-established tourism infrastructure - French Polynesia is one of the top honeymoon and wedding destinations in the world, but is ideal for diving holidays family holidays, or general vacations.
- French Polynesia is also famous for its overwater bungalow accommodation options. From your room look down direct to the colourful reefs and fish.
- French is the main commercial language, though English and other languages make travelling in French Polynesia interesting and fun.
- Traditional Polynesia dancing reflecting the romantic and exotic history of the islands enthralls and enchants. These are accompanied by feasts traditionally cooked in underground stone ovens and featuring fresh seafoods, meats, vegetables and tropical fruits.
- The diverse and widespread range of activities match the diverse and widespread French Polynesia island and atoll locations. Scuba diving and snorkelling are spectacular especially in the lagoons such as Bora Bora and Rangiroa.
- The protected lagoons within French Polynesia make it an ideal yachting and sailing destination. Large accommodated luxury cruise liners also visit Papeete regularly, providing passengers with breathtaking island and ocean views as they pass through this beautiful part of the world.
- Visit the CBS Survivor locations in the Marquesas!
Bonjour! .. welcome to the exotic islands of the South Seas.