French Polynesia is a French overseas territory which is located in the tropical South Pacific Ocean and covers a huge area of approximately 2.5 million square kilometres. It is comprised of a total of 83 sand and coral atolls, and 35 islands many of which are of volcanic origins with some being recognised as typical south-sea island paradises. French Polynesia is a popular tourist destination with the majority of visitors attracted by the superb warm weather with its seemingly endless sunshine, the stunningly beautiful islands and their abundant marine life, and the cosmopolitan culture which is seen as a little bit of France in the South Pacific. The island of Tahiti is the gateway to French Polynesia, with the large city of Papeete providing the first glimpse into this island nation. Papeete is the capital of the country and is the main transport hub for visitors travelling to other destinations which are generally quickly accessible by plane although regular ferry services offer an alternative method of transportation. Home to abundantly friendly people, the islands invite visitors to relax and enjoy the local culture, soak up the atmosphere and revitalise your body in a place where sometimes it seems that time stands still.
A dynamic destination, French Polynesia offers a diverse range of locations and provides visitors with the opportunity to experience some of the world’s unique island retreats such as the mysterious looking Mo’orea with its appealing skyline; the extinct volcanic island of Bora Bora with its magnificent turquoise lagoon and Huahine which delights through its sheer natural beauty. Boasting some of the world’s most stunning locations, best hotels, superb coral and a huge variety of marine life, French Polynesia offers endless outdoor activities which enable visitors to enjoy many experiences from world class diving on stupendous coral reefs to swimming with Manta Rays, feeding sharks, whale watching or exploring by 4X4.
French Polynesia is comprised of 118 scattered islands which form 5 archipelagos that are known as the Society Islands, Austral Islands, Gambier Islands, Marquesas Islands and the Tuamotu Atolls. Of these, the Society Island Archipelago is certainly the most famous as it includes the popular tourist destinations of Tahiti, Mo’orea, Bora Bora and Huahine. Like the enchanting Marquesas Islands, which lie to the north, most are covered in lush vegetation and are of volcanic origin formed from basalt ridges and jagged peaks. The total land area of French Polynesia equates to approximately 4,200 square kilometres.