French Polynesia’s tropical islands and turquoise waters are what holiday dreams are made of.
From the towering silhouette of Bora Bora’s famous Mount Otemanu to the coral reefs of Tahiti, the islands and atolls of French Polynesia are the perfect place to soak up some sun and embrace the island life. But it isn’t all just relaxing under a coconut tree or snorkeling straight off the beach (although there is plenty of that to be had). French Polynesia has a rich culture of vibrant music, colourful clothing and traditional feasts and celebrations, similar in nature to a Hawaiian luau. Leave your worries behind and relax in this beautiful part of the South Pacific.
Highlights of French Polynesia
Visit a local fish farm in Tikehau
Visit a local family-owned fish-farm, where different species of fish are kept in a maze of underwater fencing. Tikehau’s lagoon contains a higher concentration of fish than any other lagoon in French Polynesia and many of the fish are shipped to Papeete and sold at the local markets.
Snorkel in the Blue Lagoon
Visit the Blue Lagoon in Rangiroa, a natural pool formed by islands and reefs within the central lagoon. At less than five metres deep, the Blue Lagoon is an ideal location for swimming, snorkeling, and spotting the wide variety of sea life that live there.
Taste local island fruits on Taha’a
This lush island is extremely fertile and is covered with banana, watermelon, vanilla orchid and coconut groves and exploring Taha’a by 4x4 vehicle is the best way to see it all. It’s also the perfect opportunity to try some of the local fruits that are grown in the region and take in some of the incredible views of Ha'amene Bay.
Optional excursions and experiences
Here are just a few of the experiences you'll have the option to share in French Polynesia.
- Enjoy a locally inspired picnic lunch at an ancient marae (temple) at Taputapuatea, a recent UNESCO World Heritage Site
- Admire breathtaking views of the magnificent turquoise waters of Ha'amene Bay, plus visit a pearl farm and a traditional vanilla plantation.
- Visit the small atoll of Tikehau, also called the Pink Sand Island, made up of tiny white and pink sand islets.
- Snorkel among the shallow sandbanks if Ahe, a favourite holiday destination of native Tahitians, before enjoying a beach BBQ in a secluded “motu”, or reef islet.
Meet the fleet
This state-of-the-art Motorsailer accommodates 49 guests in 25 cabins, each fitted with modern conveniences, including air conditioning, TV, mini-fridge, central music and safe box. With two restaurants on board, you can choose to dine indoors or al fresco. The swimming platform out back makes it easy to drop anchor and swim straight off the boat
- Use of kayaks, snorkels, stand-up paddleboards and fishing equipment.
- Turndown service twice a day.
- Fully equipped laundry service.
- Swimming platform (weather permitting).
- Towels for swimming.
- Fully stocked bar with professional bartender (charges apply).
- Use of kayaks and snorkelling equipment.
- Mini library.
- Board games.
- Central music.
- CD and DVD player.
- Audiovisual equipment in lounge
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