French Polynesia: Vacation in Blissful Atolls
A French Polynesia vacation brings you to the remotest islands in the world, in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. Those who travel here come with many expectations: of beachfront retreats, coral reefs circling brilliant blue lagoons, lively drum and dance performances on black-sand beaches, overwater bungalows, and sunset piña coladas. At Enchanting Travels, we specialize in fulfilling those high expectations. Let us take you to the South Seas on an island-hopping trip of a lifetime.
This is French territory, consisting of 118 volcanic islands and atolls, grouped under five main archipelagos. Tahiti, in the Society Islands group, is the largest island, and so well known that many refer to all of French Polynesia as Tahiti or the ‘Islands of Tahiti’. Park at a luxurious resort on the coast and explore Tahiti’s lush hilly interiors with gushing waterfalls, and the capital Papeete with its colorful, historic market and Black Pearl and Gauguin museums.
Nearby is the heart-shaped island of Moorea, whose towering mountains and coral reefs are legendary. Cruise through its sparkling lagoon for an encounter with stingrays and black-tip sharks, or take a boat tour into the surrounding waters to watch playful spinner dolphins, or humpback whales in summer. Shop for ‘poerava’, or exquisite Tahitian black pearls, here and on the neighboring islands of Raiatea and Tahaa.
With fringing coral reefs and islets, the Garden Island of Huahine is utterly gorgeous. Slightly off the main tourist route, it’s perfectly suited to leisurely days lounging in hammocks and savoring French-Polynesian fusion food. Don’t miss out on a visit to ‘marae’ temples or sacred archeological sites for insights into Polynesian heritage.
Northeast of the Society Islands is the Tuamotu archipelago, ideal for snorkeling and diving. Its innumerable coral rings and secluded azure lagoons are teeming with a kaleidoscope of colorful marine life. Rangiroa is its largest atoll, a place of stupendous beauty and unmissable sites like Pink Sands, Blue Lagoon, and Ohotu Reef.
The Marquesas Islands, some 900 miles northeast of Tahiti, are flush with rainforests and native artifacts. The largest island, Hiva Oa, is a land of myths and legends, and the largest tiki statues in French Polynesia.
Head back to the Society Islands, to end your trip on that most romantic of French Polynesia’s atolls, Bora Bora, dominated by the spire of Mt. Otemanu. Luxurious overwater bungalows rise over the island’s cerulean waters, accentuated by sunny decks, dining gazebos, and glass-fronted rooms. Picnic on the private island of Motu Tapu; it promises to be one of the most idyllic and relaxing moments you’ll spend in this tropical paradise.
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Aptly nicknamed “the Pearl of the Pacific”, the island of Bora Bora lies just northwest of Tahiti, less than an hour by air from Papeete.
Tahiti’s sister island, Moorea was formed when the northern rim of a monolithic volcano crumbled into the turquoise South Pacific ocean.
Time seems to have stopped still in the charming remote island of Tahaa, accessible only by boat from sister island Raiatea.
Raiatea, the second largest of the Society Islands after Tahiti, is located just 45-minutes by air from Papeete.
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