The islands of French Polynesia are an alluring mix of local Polynesian culture and French influences, with incredible scenery and unspoilt cruising grounds. French Polynesia is home to nearly 120 islands and atolls, making it perfect for exploring by water. This “overseas country”, belonging to France, is made up of five main island groups, namely: the Tuamotu islands, the Gambier Islands, the Marquesas Islands, the Austral Islands, and the Society Islands (made up of the Windward Islands and the Leeward Islands). Tahiti, located in the Society Islands, is the biggest island and one of the best known and most populated – it is home to the capital, Papeete, and almost 70% of all inhabitants of French Polynesia.
French Polynesia is a truly idyllic destination. Lush tropical islands, clement weather, white sand beaches, incredible dive spots, fresh and vibrant food and beverages, and an authentic welcome from the local population are just some of the many attractions that this cruising ground has to offer. One of the very best activities on offer lies beneath the waves – the diving and snorkelling is world class and spending some time under the water is a must do. Hop from island to island on your own private yacht and fall under the country’s spell. Book your own French Polynesia charter and explore paradise for yourself.
Highlights of a charter around French Polynesia
- Be privy to an authentic cultural performance on Tahiti – the ora Tahiti dance show is very special. Tahiti offers an array of artistic offerings if you want to immerse yourself in French Polynesia’s culture.
- Visit the Papeete market on Tahiti – this bustling market in French Polynesia’s capital is a sensory experience you won’t forget, and is the perfect place to pick up a souvenir or some local produce to enjoy back on your yacht
- Enjoy the natural playground of Moorea, Tahiti’s sister island, and dive its coral reefs – expect to see a wide variety of sea life including sharks and stingrays. The more adventurous might want come ashore and enjoy sporting activities, with a backdrop of Moorea’s majestic volcanic crater peak.
- Relax on the white sands that encircle Bora Bora’s legendary blue lagoon – its romantic beauty has inspired artists through the ages
- Keen divers won’t want to miss Rangiroa, which offers a legendary selection of breath-taking dive sites. Meaning “endless skies”, Rangiroa is the world’s second largest atoll.
- Enjoy the sight of Pink Sand Beach on Rangiroa – crushed pink shells give the effect of pink sand, and the beach its name
- From July to October French Polynesia welcomes humpback whales to its waters. Go whale watching from your deck, or why not even consider swimming with whales with an expert guide? Getting up close with this huge mammals is an experience you will never forget.
- Those wanting to enjoy their own private slice of French Polynesia should make the journey to the Gambier Islands – one of the lesser visited parts of French Polynesia, they offer natural beauty and one of the country’s most beautiful lagoons. Pay a visit to the impressive Catholic Cathedral Saint Michel.
- Enjoy the contrast of black sand beaches and lush rainforest on the Marquesas Islands.
- Visit the Marquesas small museum dedicated to the famous painter Paul Gaugin. Gaugin fell in love with the area and painted some of his best known art works while staying on the island.
- Hire a guide and learn about the history of French Polynesia with a visit to the pre-European archaeological sites on the Austral Islands
- Don’t leave French Polynesia without an iconic Tahitian black pearl to remember your holiday by.
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