Take A Romantic Break In French Polynesia
French Polynesia, often simply referred to as “Tahiti” after the name of its main island, is the epitome of a luxury romantic getaway destination.
For those with high budgets seeking a truly unforgettable break, French Polynesia is one of the world’s number one honeymoon and romantic getaway destinations. It is a place of particularly beautiful resorts, stunning beaches,
reefs and tropical island landscapes.
Although known mostly for its main island, the French overseas territory is actually home to 130 Islands covering an area of ocean almost as large as Europe. The territory consists of six groups of islands and many smaller atolls.
For those planning a longer break of a month or more, Tahiti is a great place to stop over for a week in route to Australia or New Zealand and this is also one of the better value ways to reach the islands.
Aside from its famously perfect beaches, there is plenty to do in the region other than just relax under a palm tree. For those wanting to do something a little different, such as go snorkeling over some of the world’s best coral reefs or even feeding sharks, there are plenty of opportunities.
“For those who enjoy water sports, particularly surfing, the Rangiroa and many of the other Tuamotu islands are ideal.”
Bora Bora is another French Polynesian Island which is famous for its truly luxury resorts and exotic diving and snorkeling opportunities. Unfortunately, however Bora Bora is also one of the most overpriced islands in the region and, unless money is no object, you may want to consider one of French Polynesia’s slightly more off-the-beaten-track destinations. Bora Bora is home to some of the region’s most luxurious hotels, some offering bungalows with glass floors looking into the crystal clear waters. However, if you are looking for something a little less hyped up and far more affordable, French Polynesia offers plenty of other options as well.
The Tuamotu islands are a popular destination with their white, sandy beaches and coral reefs. There are 45 islands in the group, with the largest one being Rangiroa with a population of just over 3,000. Oddly, the island is famous for having some of the world’s most unique wineries. In recent years, it has been further developed and now boosts a sophisticated tourist infrastructure. For those who enjoy water sports, particularly surfing, the Rangiroa and many of the other Tuamotu islands are ideal.
For those wanting a little more civilization and more things to do, the main island of Tahiti itself is an ideal choice and it is usually the easiest Island to get to as well. The island is home to 178,000 people, accounting for almost 70% of French Polynesia’s entire population. Most of the Island’s population lives in the capital, Papeete, which is large enough to have the feel of a proper City.
“There are plenty of attractions here along with beautiful French Colonial architecture, fine restaurants and hotels, and of course, a very picturesque waterside with beaches.”
There are plenty of attractions here along with beautiful French Colonial architecture, fine restaurants and hotels, and of course, a very picturesque waterside with beaches. Tahiti is also known for its beaches of black volcanic sand. You will find no shortage of stunning upmarket resorts and beachside hotels overlooking stunningly clear waters and reefs.
All those coming to French Polynesia by plane will land at Faa’a International Airport, the only International Airport in the territory. The island airport is served by Air France, Air New Zealand, Air Tahiti, LAN and Hawaiian Airlines. For travel between the main islands of French Polynesia, there are various domestic flights and Ferries. VIGOROUS
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