Nothing prepares you for the ridiculous blue of the Bora Bora lagoon as you step out of the airport. The mountain on the inside of the lagoon looks like some sort of Hollywood backdrop. Top tip: sit on the left hand side of the plane from Moorea/Tahiti and Huahine for the best views.
Nick, Original Traveller
It doesn't get much more remote than French Polynesia, but if there's any truth to the maxim that the harder the journey the better the arrival, this place is nigh on unbeatable.
Why we think you’ll love it
- It's hard to imagine anywhere else in the world with so many opportunities for 'desert island bliss'. Believe it or not, one of the best ways to get the best out of the fabled island of Bora Bora is actually not to stay on the fabled island of Bora Bora. Sound odd? Give us a call and we'll explain all
- Outside of the Society Islands (home to Bora Bora), is the relatively unexplored Tuamotus, covering half of the square mileage of Polynesia. Here you'll find Tikehau, a coral atoll with an 80km circumference, obligatory white sand, turquoise water and palm trees. Even better, Tikehau has a tiny population and just a couple of hotels.
- It combines perfectly with other Pacific Islands, New Zealand, Australia or even California
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Luxury Holidays to French Polynesia: The Detail
French Polynesia is a scattered archipelago of volcanic islands and atolls strewn across the South Pacific. For centuries, these beautiful islands have represented the epitome of the tropical island paradise to the European consciousness, and have lured and inspired visitors from Gauguin to 21st-century holiday-makers.
Due to the distances involved in visiting the region, Original Travel is one of the few UK tour operators to have actually been to French Polynesia. We offer a selection of immaculate hotels that all offer something a little different, but which are uniformly outstanding. We've visited more than 40 hotels there and from experience we know quite how crucial it is that you choose the right place to go in Polynesia. Get it wrong and it could be a disaster. Please speak to us before you choose!
Pape'ete, capital of Tahiti, is not necessarily the best advertisement for an island chain that stretches across some million square miles of ocean, but beyond the city Tahiti itself has a lot of charm.
The real stars of the show, however, are the other picture perfect islands and motus (islets) twinkling in the turquoise waters. These island chains are divided into the Society Islands, the Tuamotus, the Marquesas, the Australs and the Gambier Archipelago, and they are home to some of the planet's very finest hotels. Original Travel team members have visited the pick of the bunch and look forward to talking you through the best of the bunch.
For many, the highlight of French Polynesia is the island of Bora Bora, regarded as the most beautiful in the Pacific. This is no Maldivian sandbank - more a Jurassic Park-style volcanic island of towering jungle-enveloped peaks encircled by a vast lagoon.
Did you know
- The letter 'B' doesn't exist in the Tahitian language, so 'Bora Bora' actually means 'Pora Pora'
- Tahitian residents get fresh loaf delivered twice a day to the boxes outside their houses that look like mail boxes, however they must go to the post office to get their mail
- French Polynesia compromises over 118 islands and atolls