French Polynesia Vacations

Stretching over an area of ocean as big as Europe, this French overseas country's citizens may vote in presidential elections like Parisians or Nicoise residents, but the island nation embodies tropical perfection at its most fanciful. There are five island groups in total, each of which with individual traits to recommend them. Tahiti, part of the ... Read more
Society Islands archipelago, is full of Polynesian traditional culture and, with its blue sea, waterfalls and mountains, is a quintessential honeymoon destination. Bora Bora is possibly even more romantic, with crystal clear lagoons, colorful fish and a myriad of luxury resorts. Other archipelagos triumph in the adventure category, with the waters of the Tuamoto Islands covering black pearls and sharks, and featuring the coral reefs of Rangiroa, a snorkeler’s dream, or the Marquesa Islands where mountains harbor wild goats and horses. A true tropical paradise where you can pluck mangoes from the trees and inhale the scent of the abundant hibiscus flowers, French Polynesia is one of the world’s most exotic destinations.

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Papeete, French Polynesia

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Beautiful, amazing islands. Remind of Hawaii (are Polynesia too), but more expensive. If you go there, enhance your experience staying in over the water bungalow.

Brisbane, Queensland, Australia

In my opinion, the most beautiful destination in the world. Must visit Bora Bora, Moorea and Uturoa.
World class resorts.
Tip: look for meals included packages as dining out can be expensive.

London, UK

French Polynesia comprises of 120 islands covering 1.7 million square miles. I have visited over 30 hotels there and it’s fair to say that it’s a bit of a minefield to get right.

Traditional Tahitian archipelagos

The Mountainous Marquesas in the North are remote, mysterious and there is not a five-star hotel in sight but it’s perhaps the most real and traditional of Tahitian archipelagos. The Tuoamotus are next down and consist of flat coral atolls, tailing off in the SE with the Gambier archipelago. The Society Islands (split Leeward and Windward) are next and are a colonised, busy mix of mountains surrounded by atoll. The Australes islands furthest South, again more remote, real and genuinely Tahitian.

There is no real way to avoid Tahiti as you will most probably have to spend your first or last night here. There’s not much to recommend and the hotels are a bit ordinary. The best of the bunch in my mind though is the Radisson which is newer and better than the tired Intercontinental that most people stay in.


Neighbouring island to Tahiti, Moorea is easily visible across the water. It’s mountainous, lush and slightly less hectic than Tahiti. There are four five-star properties but most of the places to stay are very package tourist focused. The best of the lot is the Sofitel.

The ultimate desert island

Bora Bora is often called the ultimate desert island. Nothing prepares you for the ridiculous blue of the lagoon as you step out of the airport. The mountain on the inside of lagoon is surrounded by motus and reef, it looks like a Hollywood backdrop. There are two types of hotel – those inside the lagoon (stiller water, slightly crowded but probably better quality swimming water) and those facing the ocean on top of the main island. It’s impossible to call the best hotel as some are best for position, some spa, food, rooms etc. Neighbouring Taha’a is perhaps a better bet as it’s not half as busy and still very much in the Bora Bora vein. For me though it would be a toss up between the Bora Bora Lagoon Resort & Spa on Bora Bora and Hotel Le Taha’a.

White sand, turquoise water and palm trees…

The Tuamotus represent almost half the square mileage of Polynesia but represents just 7% of population and it’s far less developed. Nearly all the black pearls Polynesia is famous for come from the Tuamotus (make sure you buy them here not on the expensive Society Islands). Three quarters of Polynesia’s 120 islands are here but only three have good hotels; Tikehau, Rangiroa and Manihi although you can cruise on the Haumana cruise boat. Tikehau is an 80km circumference coral atoll with white sand, turquoise water and palm trees. It also has a tiny population and the best hotel option is Pearl Beach Tikehau.

Los Angeles, California, USA
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We really enjoyed the location and the weather which is gorgeous and we plan to try to see more of the islands again.

The problem we had was that all of the people we encountered didn't seem to be happy that we were there. It felt like just leave your money and leave us alone.

New York City, New York State, USA



There are few islands but so beautiful. The must : bora bora, moorea !

Tel Aviv, Israel

Its the most amazing place on earth !!

Palo Alto, California, USA