French Polynesia consists of 118 islands. These include Tahiti, Moorea, Raitea, Tahaa and Bora Bora. Treasured for some of the most beautiful beaches in the world, French Polynesia has a lot to offer to various types of tourists. Since there are so many islands, it is not impossible to visit every single one. We recommend you to do a bit of research and focus on only those that interest you.
This magnificent island is perfect for honeymooners. It offers a special romantic experience. Visits to smaller islands and hidden romantic lagoons are ideal for passionate swimmers. Arrange a shopping tour and visit the local market. It is filled with delicious, exotic food. You will be able to find all kinds street food. It is usually very fresh and mostly consists of tasty fish.
Huahine boasts some of the most luxurious bungalows in the world. They are made to rise above the water level, giving you the opportunity to have your own swimming space and a broad view of the horizon. It’s like being in paradise. All of the rooms are fully equipped to suit all your needs. Every hotel has a spa center you can use whenever you feel the need for a massage or a face treatment. In the evenings, every hotel offers a variety of local dishes. They serve dishes such as maa tinito, which is a mixture of pork, kidneys, beans, Chinese cabbage and macaroni. Tasting local food and enjoying in local music are the best ways to get to know these other cultures.
Tahaa island is perfect for hikers since this island has big forests that are ideal for adventurers. Some groups go on few days hike to explore rich flora and fauna or to search for hidden waterfalls. There is also a big pearl farm that attracts lots of tourists. As far as the food is concerned, you can try some of the local specialties, such as raw fish a la tahitienne. It is actually raw fish marinated in lemon juice and coconut milk. It is very light and when you order it along with some french fries and mix the cold fish with hot potatoes, you will experience a heavenly taste.
This island is famous for its special kind of flower. It can only be found only on Raiteia. There are also a few secluded white sand beaches that just scream sunbathing. Also, if you rent a boat or go on some of the tahiti cruises, you will surely not miss out on a memorable holiday experience. When on the boat, you could dive every on a daily basis while marveling at the rich coral reefs that are full of schools of small fish and an extensively diverse flora and fauna.
In the evenings, try to find a local restaurant where you could try a family cooked feast. I ate the most delicious meal made out of fresh fish, breadfruit and bananas wrapped up in banana leaves and steamed. It has a special smoked aftertaste unlike anything you’ve ever tried before.
If you are an adventure seeker, a safari adventure on the Papete island is just what the doctor ordered. Traveling through the incredibly dense rainforest, you will discover various archeological sites and see how wonderful and rich forests in Polynesia can be. Scuba diving is also a pleasurable activity on Papeete. Divers can find some of most interesting fish around this island, such as lionfish, parrotfish and many others.
French Polynesia has so much to offer. The Polynesian people are some of the most beautiful and nicest people you will ever meet. There are a lot of sunny beaches and destinations in the world, but there is only one French Polynesia. If you haven’t been yet, start making plans right now.