Tahiti, Bora Bora, Moorea & Le Taha'a
The epitome of the South Pacific, exotic French Polynesia has captured the imagination of travellers since the 18th Century. Explore its magical islands and relax on secluded beaches, take a dip in a cerulean lagoon and trek through lush rainforest on one of its islands.
- It takes a while to get there, but it's well worth it once you find yourself standing in the shallow waters on a white sandy beach with beautiful rugged mountains as a backdrop
- This is a great honeymoon destination if you fancy really getting away from it all
- Go diving and snorkelling - you may spot sea turtles off the coast
- Shop for vanilla and black pearls or head to the markets and mingle with the locals whilst looking for souvenirs
- It's worth considering a multi-centre holiday and staying on more than one island to see the best of French Polyneisa
French Polynesia holiday highlights
Tahiti has long lured visitors with its volcanic mountains, verdant rainforest, and a beautiful fringe of aquamarine lagoon waters. Renowned for its stunning mountain scenery and hiking trails and adventure activities, Moorea is just a short hop from Tahiti. Bora Bora is arguably the most beautiful of the South Pacific islands and this 'Jewel of the South Seas' is the quintessential paradise island with romantic mountain panoramas and an exquisite lagoon. Tetiaroa is famously known as Marlon Brando's private island, Taha’a, the ‘Vanilla Island’, is wonderfully secluded and Tikehau is an isolated coral atoll barely rising above the Pacific swells.
Stay and cruise
While a land-based holiday in the South Pacific is the trip of dreams, a stay and cruise holiday is a fantastic way of seeing many of the French Polynesia islands in just one visit. Our cruise partners Paul Gauguin are specialists when it comes to cruising the shallow waters and lagoons that surround these spectacular islands, and their flag ship MS Paul Gauguin is based in the South Pacific year-round. As well as including an overnight stay of the world-famous paradise isle of Bora Bora, they even own a small private islet, Motu Mahana where you can spend a whole day with just your fellow guests for company, soaking up the unique South Pacific ambience. You can break up your journey to French Polynesia with a few days in Los Angeles, and even add a night or two at a beachside hotel in Tahiti, from which the cruise departs.