Overview

Immersed in a world of majestic mountain peaks, turquoise waters and white sand beaches, visitors to French Polynesia create memories through authentic experiences that can’t be found anywhere else in the world. Surrounded by crystal clear waters, each of the 118 islands and atolls offer natural beauty, an authentic island experience and unique French Polynesian style. From ultra luxurious resorts with over water bungalows to family-friendly beach hotels, each island offers a diverse experience combined with scenic beauty, tranquillity and privacy.

Discover the rich stories of the people, the culture and the heritage of French Polynesia, while experiencing the world-renowned landscapes and seascapes that have lured travellers to this part of the world for centuries.

Highlights

Learn about the history of the islands, meet the locals, or simply unwind on a beautiful beach.

Experience island life

There’s no better way to experience the culture of French Polynesia than passing through the small villages on an island tour. Follow 71 miles of dramatic coastal scenery on Tahiti, stopping at waterfalls, peaceful beaches and brightly coloured churches - a favourite among visitors for over 100 years. Alternatively, indulge in a helicopter tour for dramatic views from above.

Shop for Black Pearls

The world-renowned, iridescent luster of the perfect pearl is created in French Polynesia’s warm lagoon waters. Commonly known as Black Pearls, each pearl varies in size and shape and the colours range from dark black to shimmering tones of green, blue, bronze and even pink. Take a tour of French Polynesia’s first pearl farm on Manihi or visit one of the many pearl shops.

The home of the overwater bungalow

Since copied all over the tropics, the original (and best?) overwater bungalows and villas can be found in French Polynesia. Nothing beats the exclusivity of these hideaways that literally offer the warm lagoon waters and a myriad of marine life right on the doorstep.

When to visit

French Polynesia looks beautiful all year round, although the conditions are usually the best from June to August and in December and January when the weather is warm and there’s little rainfall. March and April are hot and wet, while February is one of the hottest months.