French Polynesia

Travel Guide
Tahiti showing a sandy beach and flowers
Dive into lagoons filled with fascinating marine creatures, practice your swing on lush green golf courses and visit archaeological sites on these diverse islands.

Explore the picturesque natural scenery of French Polynesia, a group of 118 islands in the South Pacific Ocean. The white-sand beaches and luxury resorts of these islands attract honeymooners and couples looking for a romantic retreat. Stay in a thatched-roof overwater bungalow, shop for sarongs and shell necklaces in village markets and trek through compelling archaeological sites.

French Polynesia is an overseas collectivity of France and residents are allowed to vote in French presidential elections. Expect to hear French widely spoken through the islands, in addition to Tahitian.

Many visitors will have heard of the largest island, Tahiti, which is known for its astonishingly clear waters, white-sand beaches and swanky upmarket resorts. Go diving with sting rays, relax in a bath filled with fresh flowers at a Polynesian spa and browse the pearl shops at the main market in the capital of Pape’ete. All levels of golfers are welcome at Golf International Olivier Breaud Tahiti, which is nestled between Tahiti’s mountains and lagoons.

For incredible natural scenery and remote beaches, fly out to Bora Bora. Shop at the local boutiques in the village of Vaitape and join a guided hike up 2,169-foot (661-meter) tall Mount Pahia for panoramic views over the island.

Don’t miss Iipona, an incredible archeological site located in the village of Puamau on Hiva Oa island. Wander past moss-covered tikis (Polynesian stone figures) and look for petroglyphs carved into the sculptures.

All international flights arrive into Faa’a International Airport on Tahiti. If you’re planning on staying on Tahiti and want a taste of local transportation, take the air-conditioned public buses around the island. Designated stops are marked with blue signs. For more flexibility, rent a car or a scooter at the airport.

Visit French Polynesia in July for its annual festival month. Plan your trip during the low season of October to November for potential deals on accommodations and activities.

Come to French Polynesia to enjoy a carefree vacation far away from the worries of everyday life.

Popular cities in French Polynesia

Bora Bora featuring general coastal views, mountains and tropical scenes
Bora Bora
Known for Beaches, Islands and Romantic
Known as a playground for the rich and famous, this beautiful island in French Polynesia offers white sandy beaches, lush tropical valleys and crystal-clear water.

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  • Matira Beach
  • Le Meridien Beach
  • Mt. Otemanu
Moorea which includes tranquil scenes
Explore attractions like Moorea Tropical Garden and Moorea Ferry Terminal as you discover things to see and do in Moorea-Maiao.

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