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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.
Experience warm, laid-back island chic
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.
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Le Méridien ~ Tahiti
Le Meridien Tahiti is a modern and luxurious resort offering you the opportunity to awaken each of your senses with exceptional views of the lagoon, the island of Moorea and an the coral garden.
Tahiti Pearl Beach Resort ~ Tahiti
Set in lush gardens at Lafayette Beach on the north east coast, the Tahiti Pearl Resort is the idyllic retreat boasting direct access to a unique volcanic black sanded beach, with stunning views of Matavai Bay.
Manava Suite Resort ~ Tahiti
The Manava Suite Resort is ideally positioned on the western coast of Tahiti Island, in the charming city of Punaauia. This stunning resort is within minutes of the popular diving and snorkeling site known as the Lagoonarium.
Le Taha'a Island Resort & Spa ~ Le Taha
Defined by the Relais & Chateaux philosophy, Le Taha'a is the promise of a total change of scenery and way of life in harmony with its preserved environment.
Le Méridien Bora Bora ~ Bora Bora
Le Méridien Bora Bora is the perfect blend of French chic and Polynesian charisma. Located on the northern tip of Motu Piti A'au, the resort faces the main island of Bora Bora and delivers a gorgeous view of the iconic Mount Otemanu.
Bora Bora Pearl Beach Resort & Spa ~ Bora Bora
Set amidst the gentle beauty of the reef that crowns the island, this member of Leading Hotels and Leading Spas of the World offers an authentic Polynesian experience coupled with luxury accommodation, gastronomy and service.
InterContinental Bora Bora & Thalasso ~ Bora Bora
Perfectly placed, this Bora Bora Resort & Thalasso Spa is set between the ‘two hearts’ of Motu Piti Aau, a coral island on the barrier reef. The award-winning Deep Ocean Spa is the centrepiece of this spectacular French Polynesian paradise
Moorea Pearl Resort & Spa ~ Moorea
Moorea Pearl Resort & Spa is built on the grounds of the first hotel built ever built on the island in 1961 ~ the Bali Hai, and features three stone tiki sculptures (mythical figures) that honor the rich Polynesian culture and traditions
Moorea Beach Lodge - Moorea
Located along one of the most beautiful beaches of Moorea and near a friendly shopping area, the peaceful and chic Moorea Beach Lodge welcomes you in one of its 12 bungalows built around a magnificent banyan tree.
Fare Pea Iti ~ Tahaa
With only 5 units, this charming property with a well-tended garden, a swimming pool with gazebo and a pontoon for easy access by the lagoon is the perfect place for a romantic getaway.
Havaiki Lodge ~ Fahara
Located north of Fakarava, Pension Havaiki welcomes you within a world of incredible colours, from the the emerald green of the lagoon to the glistening white of the beach, making you blind.
Fare Vai Nui – Raiatee
Located on the West Coast of Raiatea, on the lagoon side, 25-minute drive away from the airport, restaurants and main shops, Fare Vai Nui is actually far from the city facilities but offers in return a very pleasant stay.
Vanira Lodge ~ Teahupoo
On Tahiti’s peninsula, in the hills above Teahupoo, an exceptional two hectare site between the mountain and the ocean, with a 180° view over the lagoon, harbors nine bungalows directly inspired by Polynesian building traditions.