The Islands of Tahiti. The word evokes visions of an island paradise. 118 islands covering more than 2 million square miles of the South Pacific Ocean spread out over five great archipelagos, boast high, rugged mountain peaks, coral reefs, turquoise-blue lagoons, white sand, palm-fringed beaches, and luxuriously intimate resorts ~ each island paradise has something for everyone.
While there are plenty of slim stretches of white, pink and black-sand beaches in French Polynesia, they are just pretty springboards into the real draw: the lagoons. Most high islands are surrounded by fringing reef that creates a protected swimming pool of the most intense hue of aqua imaginable. Coral atolls have this same calibre of lagoon minus the big clunky island in the middle.
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Sculpted by sky-piercing, moss-green peaks and lined with vivid turquoise lagoons, sultry French Polynesia is a place to take it slow.
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While there are plenty of slim stretches of white, pink and black-sand beaches in French Polynesia, they are just pretty springboards into the real draw: the lagoons. Most high islands are surrounded by fringing reef that creates a protected swimming pool of the most intense hue of aqua imaginable. Coral atolls have this same calibre of lagoon minus the big clunky island in the middle. Fish, dolphins, rays, sharks, turtles and more inhabit these clear-water coral gardens that are as excellent for snorkelling as they are for diving and swimming. Surfers ride glassy wave faces at reef passes while kitesurfers and windsurfers fly across the water terrain with the trade winds.
French Polynesia includes 121 islands scattered across more than 1,930,500 square miles (five million square kilometers) in the southern Pacific Ocean between Australia and South America. It is divided into 5 groups of islands. The capital city, Papeete, is on the island of Tahiti, the largest of these islands and the first to experience European conquest. It is the international gateway island. Most visitors holiday in the Society islands of Tahiti, neighbouring Moorea or venture to the famed Bora Bora, Tahaa and Huahine.
The climate of the Frenchpolynesia can be described as warm, tropical climate. Temperatures are warm all year round and can get hot in the summer but seldom reaches above 35°C.
For a Pacific Islands extravaganza, why not twin centre your holiday with the nearby Cook Islands? They are less than 3 hours apart!
Click here to go to our Cook Islands destination page and see our Air Tahiti and Air Raratonga airline pages
Tahiti: just the word conjures up centuries’ worth of images: hibiscus flowers; svelte, bronzed dancers in grass skirts; a humid breeze over turquoise sea. The islands of French Polynesia became legends the minute the first European explorers reached their home shores with tales of a heaven on earth where the soil was fertile and life was simple. While the lingering hype is outdated, French Polynesia is still about as dreamy as reality gets. The trees are still heavy with fruit, the mountains rise as majestically as ever and the lagoons are just as blue.
The idyllic, isolated islands of Polynesia were among the last places on earth to be settled by humans and, a thousand or so years later, were also some of the last places to be colonised by Europeans. No-one really knows why early peoples migrated here or even where they came from. Whatever the reason, ancient Polynesians packed up their outriggers with coconuts, uru (breadfruit), taro, sugarcane, dogs, pigs and chickens and headed out into the blue. These were feats of maritime prowess, not to be matched by Europeans for over a thousand years.