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French Polynesia

The islands of Tahiti, officially known as French Polynesia, are a gorgeous selection of volcanic islands and atolls strewn across 4 million square kilometers (1.5 million square miles) of the grand South Pacific Ocean.

Tahiti Quick Facts
Climate:
Cooled by the gentle breezes of the Pacific, the climate of these islands is sunny and pleasant. There is a mild, dry season June through October, with a hotter humid season November through May. Temperatures range from 21° – 30° Celsius (70°F – 86°F).
Entry Requirements:
Valid passport required – Canadian citizens with at least 3 months validity and US Citizens with at least 6 months validity beyond the period of intended stay. Citizens of other countries should check with their Travel Agent or the French Consulate.
Currency:
The local currency is the French Pacific Franc (CPF). There are banks in Papeete, branch offices on the resort islands and a bank at the Tahiti Faaa International Airport. Major credit cards are accepted in most hotels, restaurants and boutiques.
Dress:
Light casual clothing such as shorts, t-shirts, cotton sundresses and “Pareus” (local wrap-around) are ideal for the hotel and the beach. Comfortable rubber-soled shoes for walking on the coral reefs are recommended.
Electricity:
Hotels generally have 110v or 240v systems. Power outlets for all shavers are conveniently provided in most hotels. For other appliances such as hairdryers, a converter/adapter kit will usually be required.
Health:
Tap water in resorts and restaurants is safe to drink, although we suggest using bottled water. It is recommended to obtain comprehensive medical insurance prior to your departure.
Taxes & Tipping:
There is no sales tax on purchased items and no departure tax. Tipping is not customary or expected.

118 Reasons To Go

Five Groups Of Islands - Paradise found! French Polynesia is 118 geographically-dispersed islands in the South Pacific; the area stretches over 1,245 miles. Tahiti, Bora Bora, Mo'orea and Raiatea are the most famous ones. Snorkeling, diving, Tahitian dance workshops, and straight-up lying around on the beach are all popular activities.

Explore the South Pacific

Island Getaways for Every Traveler

The islands that make up the South Pacific are dreamlike destinations, thanks to their pristine beaches and medley of mountains, reefs, deserts, and forests, with abundant wildlife.

Tahiti, the largest island throughout the country, towering over the ocean like a proud and royal Queen is appropriately crowned by a circle of majestic peaks.

The mountainous interior is adorned with deep valleys, clear streams, and high waterfalls, all bathed in green iridescence of Mother Nature's light. The coastal lands, edged with a rugged coastline, are home to fields of tropical flowers and most of the island's population.

Papeete, meaning the " water basket, " was once a gathering place where Tahitians came to fill their calabashes with fresh waters. Now the invigorating capital city and gateway of the country, boasts world-class resorts, spas, fine dining and unique restaurants, nightclubs, vibrant markets, pearl shops, and boutiques.

Bora Bora is one of those bucket list destinations you’ve got to put on your travel list:

  • Soak up endless sunshine, feast on the freshest cuisine, and indulge in luxury amenities and exclusive extras that make this adventure truly feel like paradise.
  • Go exploring by kayak or paddle board or sign up for a scuba diving course onsite.
  • Shop for traditional Polynesian arts and crafts at nearby Matira Beach.
  • Soak up the views of Mount Otemanu, Watch the Lagoonarium’s resident stingrays being fed.
  • Arrange a rainforest tour, parasail flight over the ocean, or an ATV safari.
  • Feel the magic of the island come to life during an evening cruise around the lagoon.
  • Feast on gourmet French cuisine at the open-air restaurant in your resort.
EXPERT TIP: Order the Canoe Breakfast, a meal of American favorites delivered by outrigger canoe.

We are able to assist you with the organization of civil wedding ceremonies in the islands. Wedding Planners are at your disposal to help you create just the perfect experience to tie the knot in any of the islands! We can help you create the most extraordinary memories on the islands: Tahiti vacations, romantic escapes, honeymoon or anniversary in Bora Bora, milestone events parties, family holidays, luxury island cruises, spa getaways, diving and snorkeling adventures, wedding celebrations, and more.

Surrounded by a barrier reef and home to Cook’s and Opunohu Bays, Moorea is known as the “Magical Island.” Did you know: The overwater bungalow was invented in Moorea – In 1967 a failed vanilla plantation was turned into a resort "Bali Hai Boys "with the first overwater bungalows. Mo'orea is a South Pacific island, part of French Polynesia's Society Islands archipelago. It's known for its jagged volcanic mountains and sandy beaches. In the north, Mount Rotui overlooks picturesque Ōpūnohu Bay and the settlements around Cook's Bay. Inland, hiking trails wind through rainforest on the slopes of Mount Tohivea. The Belvedere Lookout has panoramic views of the island’s peaks and Tahiti beyond. A few minutes from the island of Tahiti by plane, and only thirty minutes by high-speed catamaran, Moorea soars magically out of the ocean in an explosion of green velvet - what you would imagine a South Seas island to be.

Raiatea - The Sacred Island

Raiatea, meaning "faraway heaven" and "sky with soft light", was first named Havai'i after the homeland of the ancient Polynesians and is the most sacred island in the South Pacific. This, the second largest Tahitian isle, was the center of religion and culture over 1000 years ago and still lends enchantment to ancient legends told to this day. The green-carpeted mountains include the celebrated Mt. Temehani, a sort of Polynesian Mt. Olympus.

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