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Huahine, French Polynesia. Author Tiarescott. Licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution
Huahine, French Polynesia. Author Tiarescott

French Polynesia tourist attractions: what to see in French Polynesia

French Polynesia is one of the places most mythologized by human imagination, these are in fact the mythical islands of the South Seas dreamed up by every sailor since their discovery in the eighteenth century, a world revived in the nineteenth century, in the paintings of Paul Gauguin, who lived there the last years of his life.

This world is no longer part of French Polynesia, today in fact everything is done for tourists, both the performances of traditional dance that the legendary Tahitian hospitality, which led the sailors of the Bounty to mutiny, and everything is paid a heavy price.

French Polynesia is one of the most expensive places in the world, but that does not detract from the spectacular landscapes that nature has given to these islands, which are fortunately still there to the tourist.

Bora Bora, French Polynesia. Author Tensaibuta. Licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution

Bora Bora, French Polynesia. Author Tensaibuta

Visitors to French Polynesia must take into account the spectacle of the nature of the islands, do not expect nightlife or social life, except in Papeete, if you look for these things change destination.

The Society Islands are undoubtedly the most visited and those with more services for tourists, already their names evoke dream places: Tahiti, Bora Bora, Moorea, Huahine, Raiatea, Tahaa and Maupiti are the main islands of the archipelago.

Are volcanic islands whose main and the most beautiful characteristic are the mountains, lush green, often with pinnacles rising from the sea and that have special shapes, all the islands are also surrounded by beautiful coral reefs that form beautiful bays with hot water and all shades of blue. The islands, in contrast to what believed, do not have many beaches, the beaches are generally on the motus in the lagoon that surrounds them.

Pink sand beach, Rangiroa, French Polynesia. Author Daniel Julie. Licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution

Pink sand beach, Rangiroa, French Polynesia. Author Daniel Julie

The archipelago of Tuamotu Islands is made up of hundreds of coral islands, is the largest chain of atolls in the world, these islands are flat and with an interior lagoon with beaches. The most developed touristically are Rangiroa, Manihi, Fakarava and Tikehau.

The archipelago of the Marquesas Islands is a remote archipelago 3 hours and a half flight from Tahiti, is composed of islands of wild beauty for their bizarre mountains, these islands have no reef and no lagoon, and the beaches are scarce, in one of these islands, the island of Hiva Oa is the tomb of Paul Gauguin. Each island has its own particularity, how can we forget the pointed mountains of Ua Pou and the famous Bay of Virgins of Fatu Hiva.

An unforgettable experience is a visit to the Marquesas Islands with a cruise aboard the cargo ship Aranui. Completing the islands of French Polynesia other two remote archipelagos: the Austral Islands archipelago, with islands similar to those of the Society, but with colder weather, and the archipelago of the Gambier Islands, the most remote of all, located 4 hour flight from Tahiti.

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