"Paradise" French Polynesia by EagleEye

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Well, what could I say about this part of the world exept that I really loved it (even more since I originally did not plan to stop here). Beautiful lagoons full of multicolor fishes, nice inland landscapes, and extraordinaries scubadives with the manta rays and the sharks ... On top of that : extremely welcoming, smiling and relaxed polynesian people!!! What else could you ask for? (OK, maybe for a cheaper cost of life).

There are so many islands, you need a lot of time to make it all... On Tahiti, leave quickly from papeete, go to the presqu'isle and to Venus beach.

If you go to Moorea, give yourself a day to bike around the island (60kms) and do not miss the Belvedere point of view. Recommended scubadive club : scubapiti at Tipaniers beach.

In the Toamotu atolls, Rangiroa is a scuba-divers paradise (Manta Ray club recommended), and you will definitely be able to buy black pearls for a very good price (directly from a farm - or ask to local people, but you'd better know about quality standards first).

For a big Maohi culture immersion go to the Marquises. By the way, get a polynesian tatoo.

Do not go to Bora Bora!

The best thing to do : spend some months sailing from islands to islands...

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Paradise
  • Cons:A bit expensive
  • In a nutshell:Do it sailing!
  • Last visit to French Polynesia: Mar 2004
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • ukirsari's Profile Photo
    Jun 4, 2004 at 6:17 AM

    A truely blue paradise, Arnaud. Anyway thanks for meeting and ... forget to ask about Al Aquimista, I like it so much :)

  • kiwi's Profile Photo
    Mar 31, 2004 at 12:05 AM

    Fantastic photos, of a truly beautiful place. I like your humour about the shark! :-)


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