French Polynesia

South Pacific

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    Where the sea is a color you can’t quite name

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    Where the sea is a color you can’t quite name

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    Where the sea is a color you can’t quite name

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    Where the sea is a color you can’t quite name

How to enjoy French Polynesia

If you really want to get away from it all, you won’t go far wrong with French Polynesia, a scattering of 118 tiny islands and atolls, reaching across 1,000 miles of Pacific Ocean. Only 60 or so are inhabited, including Tahiti and Bora Bora. Enjoy!

  • Sink your toes into a deserted powdery white beach and wonder how any other resort could possibly have claim to the term paradise
  • Slip into the water for a refreshing dip from your overwater villa, or dive into the rich life and vivid color of the barrier reef
  • Explore the origins of tattoos, or take a piece of history home with you with an authentic traditional Polynesian tattoo

Hard not to name drop, so we’ll just get it over with: James Michener, Marlon Brando, Bill Gates, Eva Longorio, Orlando Bloom, Miranda Kerr, Ellen DeGeneres, Portia de Rossi, Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban. There’s plenty more, but it would be boring to have a long list of celebs and, anyway, they deserve their privacy too. Which leads quite nicely to the next point. These tiny islands in the middle of the Pacific are miles from most telephoto lenses and are perfect for relaxing and idyllic seclusion.

The most famous of the islands are Tahiti and Bora Bora. Tahiti is synonymous with French artist Paul Gauguin and a museum on the island celebrates his work there. Covering just 11 square miles, Bora Bora is surrounded by a lagoon, barrier reef and islets giving the impression from the air of a bejeweled bracelet, inset with polished turquoise gemstones. At ground level, the impression of something precious does not fade. Bora Bora’s over-water villas are magical, offering privacy and luxury in equal measure. If lying on your day bed, soaking up the sun and soothed by the soft slap of tiny waves against the wooden legs of your villa doesn’t do it for you, get going with some of the many aquatic activities on offer.

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    When to visit French Polynesia

    Visit in October to see the thrill of the three day Hawaiki Nui Va’a, the traditional outrigger canoe race where 100 teams paddle from the Polynesian island of Huahine to Bora Bora.

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