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Holidays to French Polynesia: An Overview

The phrase 'desert island bliss' seems to have been coined specifically with French Polynesia in mind. Difficult to get to? Yes. Worth it? Absolutely.

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!

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.

Consequently Bora Bora, along with Tahiti, tends to hog the limelight when it comes to travelling to French Polynesia but outside of the Society Islands 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. The remainder of French Polynesia comprises the Marquesas, the Australs and the Gambier Archipelago.

In case you hadn't cottoned on yet, there is a lot of French Polynesia to choose from! Lucky for you our team of experts know the very best places and experiences and can recommend the most suitable options for your exact requirements. For instance, we would generally recommend you combine French Polynesia with another destination - New Zealand, Australia and the USA are all great options.

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A Note on Price

We’d always recommend combining a luxury holiday to Polynesia with another country, but assuming you had 10 days and only wanted to visit Polynesia, you could expect a fantastic combination of two islands to cost approximately £3,100 per person including flights.