French Polynesia encompasses 118 dreamy islands and atolls that has bewitched visitors since the 18th century. To this day the islands lure die-hard romantics for the ultimate package of languid sensuality and carefree days swimming in the crystal clear waters of reef protected lagoons. The propensity of five star resort hotels has made French Polynesia one of the most highly valued luxury travel destinations in the world located halfway between west coast USA and Australasia
Home to the capital city of Papeete, Tahiti is the economic centre of French Polynesia and often viewed as the hub for onward flights to the outlying islands. With its volcanic black sands Tahiti strikes an interesting contrast to some of the more quiet, secluded islands in the region.
Surrounded by a bright blue lagoon, the volcanically formed island of Moorea is the nearest island to Tahiti and was recently rated as the third-best island in the world by the Conde Nast Traveler’s Readers Choice Awards.
Synonymous with the dream South Pacific holiday, Bora Bora is a 50-minute flight west of Tahiti, a craggy volcanic crater ringed with a reef-fringed emerald lagoon. It is honeymoon heaven, with five-star resorts lining up along its eastern islets to catch the celebrated sunset views of Mount Otemanu.
Taha’a, with the rich aroma of vanilla lingering heavily in the air, offers a glimpse of the traditional, tranquil life of the Tahitians. The flower-shaped island’s simple beauty is charmed by soft mountain shapes and surrounded by tiny motu (islets) with bright sand beaches.