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Introduction to French Polynesia
The paradise islands of French Polynesia in the South Pacific are famous for their rich cultural heritage and volcanic mountains. The surrounding coral reefs make them a world-class scuba-diving destination, and clear turquoise lagoons are perfect for water sports, from snorkelling to paddleboarding. Among IHG’s luxurious island resorts are a romantic Bora Bora retreat with overwater villas and a therapeutic seawater spa, and a Moorea hideaway featuring secluded beachside bungalows with private garden plunge pools.

Pacific franc (CFP)

Official languages
French, Tahitian

Tropical and humid year round tempered by trade winds, average 21–35C. Highest rainfall Dec–Feb

Arriving from Tahiti Faa’a Airport
Airport is around 5km west of Papeete on the main island Tahiti. Journey time 15 minutes by taxi (average ₣2,000)

Getting around French Polynesia

  • Inter-island flights
  • Ferries between nearby islands
  • Metered taxis
  • Buses

Top French Polynesia sightseeing

  • Bora Bora’s inactive volcano Mount Otemanu above a blue lagoon
  • Musée de Tahiti et des Îles Polynesian culture exhibits

Top experiences

  • Diving or snorkelling excursions to spot giant stingrays and blacktip reef sharks
  • Shopping for Tahitian black pearls at Motu Piti Aau boutiques
  • Browsing Vaitape’s central marketplace for printed pareus and woven baskets


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