Situated midway in the Pacific Ocean between South America and Australia, French Polynesia is comprised of 118 islands in the Austral, Gambier, Marquesas, Tuamotu, and Society archipelagos spread out in an area roughly the size of Europe.

Not to be missed

Sailing the Society Archipelago around the Islands of Tahiti, Raiatea, Bora-Bora, Tahaa and Huahine is an easy cruising in a natural paradise. Dive into an underwater wonderland, swimming and snorkeling in lagoons teeming with tropical fish. Tahaa aka as the “vanilla capital” is enclosed in the same lagoon as its sister island, Raiatea. Bora-Bora, probably the most beautiful lagoon in the world, tranquil waters containing marine life of devilfish, sea turtles, magnificent rays and coral garden.

Northeast of Tahiti are the Tuamotu islands, a remote and completely unspoiled group of 78 islands and atolls. These tropical islands are sparsely inhabited, remote and lack a solid tourism industry, hence are not a common destination for travelers. The archipelago is an absolute must for any keen diver. The most well-known of the islands are: Rangiroa, Manihi, Tikehau and the recently popularized Fakarava.

About a three-hour flight from the Society Islands and the Tuamotu, the Marquesas, or Henua Enata meaning “Land of Men”, are seemingly lost at the end of the earth. Even now, some of the islands are virtually untouched since the era of European exploration. Natural wonders abound as 1000-foot waterfalls cascade down sheer volcanic cliffs, and towering mountains disappear into the clouds.