Discovering The Magic of the French Polynesian Islands

The French Polynesian islands are a South Pacific overseas territory of France, comprising multiple islands known for their stunning coral reefs, turquoise lagoons, and vibrant marine life. Its diverse culture reflects a blend of Polynesian traditions with French influence.

While Tahiti, Moorea, and Bora Bora often come to mind when mentioning French Polynesia, there is a wealth of lesser-known islands to explore. Whether you choose to island hop to appreciate their distinct characteristics or embark on a comprehensive visit, there is a plethora of experiences awaiting discovery.
Here are 10 reasons why you should visit this Tropical Paradise known as the French Polynesian Islands:

1. Sunsets (and sunrises!)
This is where you will see a spectacular tapestry of color where the deepest of oranges, pinks, and purples kiss the green peaks of Mount Otemanu and shimmer across a sea of blue. It does not matter if you are watching a sunset or a sunrise, each are equally awe inspiring.

2. Starry nights
Can you picture this: It’s nighttime in the South Pacific and you’ve found a quiet spot on the deck of your ship or your private balcony in your over water bungalow. Above, there is a blanket of stars, more than you could ever count or even imagine. With French Polynesia’s remarkably low light pollution and proximity to the equator it makes these stary nights something like you have never seen before.
3. Blue lagoons 
With their crystal-clear waters in hues of turquoise and aquamarine—protected by natural reefs and rimmed with sandy beaches—French Polynesia’s iconic lagoons are legendary. While Bora Bora may be the region’s Grand Dame, Rangiroa’s is its largest, home to Blue Lagoon (a lagoon within a lagoon!). Heart-shaped Moorea boasts two symmetrical lagoons, and Fakarava is home to a UNESCO Marine Biosphere.

4. Beaches
Here in French Polynesia, you will find palm-fringed beaches of pure white sands. It does not matter if you are cruising on the beautiful Paul Gauguin where you will be rewarded with two private beach experiences OR if you are staying on land in the famed over water bungalows then you will also experience the beautiful beaches where the white sand meets the turquoise waters for a day of bliss. 

5. Technicolor coral reefs 
French Polynesia’s reefs are revered worldwide for their snorkeling and scuba diving, making for a tempting invitation to jump in and create underwater memories together. With temperatures averaging 82°F/28°C year-round, you’ll enjoy exploring a vibrant world brimming with coral gardens and marine life, from Napoleon wrasse, butterfly fish, angelfish, octopus, and eels to sharks, rays, turtles, and more.
6. Scents and scenery
From the scent of Tahitian vanilla with its soft and subtle hues that lingers in the air in Taha’a, to the sway of towering coconut palms that line the beaches throughout all of French Polynesia, a journey through these idyllic islands will definitely ignite the senses.

7. Cultural charm and friendly hospitality
French Polynesia is renowned for the warm and welcoming spirit of its beautiful people, here you will find the locals embrace visitors with open arms, proud to share their traditions, dance, music, and genuine sense of community.

8. Seafood and French flair
Tahiti is a foodie’s paradise, with the bounty of the sea playing a starring role among a cast of French influencers. The national dish is poisson cru, a ceviche- or poke-like delicacy of fresh tuna prepared to perfection, and the roulettes (food trucks) are legendary, serving everything from shish kabobs and Asian fare to the catch-of-the-day, steaks, pommes frites, and more.
9. Artisan crafts, pearls, and tattoos
From the intricate carvings made of rosewood, walnut, bone, and shell found throughout the Marquesas to the famed black pearls that symbolize everlasting love and loyalty. The French Polynesia’s artisans create exquisite pieces using traditions and techniques passed on through generations. Did you know – The art of tatau (tattoo) began here in these beautiful islands.

10. Bora Bora! With towering peaks, a legendary lagoon, and iconic beaches, it’s easy to understand why Bora Bora is consistently voted the world’s #1 honeymoon destination. It is said to be the island “created by the gods” which speaks volumes.
Cruise lines such as Viking, Royal Caribbean, and NCL provide distinctive opportunities to explore multiple islands while maintaining the beauty and traditions on board, with visits to captivating beaches for exploration. Elevate your experience by integrating the cruise with a stay in an overwater bungalow, allowing for a complete immersion in the enchanting ambiance of the islands.​​Dreaming of a French Polynesian Vacation or beyond? I would love to help you design the perfect land or sea experience for your family!  Click here to schedule a “Let’s Get Acquainted Session” with me so we can start planning your family’s next great adventure. 

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