With so many options, you can do as much or as little as you like.
The Islands of Tahiti possess one of the most spectacularly beautiful and diverse environments on earth. A mixture of high volcanic islands and low-lying atolls, these specks of land – 118 islands in all – are strewn across four million square km of the South Pacific. Clustered into five archipelagos, the Austral Islands, the Society Islands, the Tuamotus, the Marquesas and the Gambier groups, the islands of Tahiti have in common a delightful blend of Polynesian and French cultures, and a constantly tropical climate.
French Polynesia’s world of oceanic islands offers holiday – makers an almost limitless range of vacation activities, both passive and active. The sea, naturally, is omnipresent, and many visitors are content to simply lie on the beach and be lulled by the silky lagoon, breaking reef waves and the susurration of the sea. Whether on the high islands such as Tahiti, Moorea, Bora Bora or Huahine, where the beaches’ backdrop is soaring green mountains, or atolls like Tetiaroa, Rangiroa or Manihi, where the beaches lie on palm-studded coral islets surrounding lagoons of blinding blue, there are few more tranquil landscapes on earth for oceanic contemplation. And the beach-lounger is also refreshed by steady trade winds that blow across all the islands from the south-east, tempering the sun and making average temperatures a comfortable 24C to 26C. For many, the chance to lie on a tropical beach beside a palm-fringed shore, with the delights of French cuisine only a croissant’s toss away, is sufficient.