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The Marquesas Islands welcomed Gauguin, who painted the essence of Polynesian women in his famous canvasses, and captivated Stevenson during his travels to the South Seas. These emblematic green islands with breathtaking landscapes are only a tiny part of huge French Polynesia with its 5 archipelagos and 118 islands, atolls and lagoons - pearls of the Pacific Ocean!
The Polynesians will give you a warm welcome. Share a meal of raw fish and attend a Heiva in July. These festivities are an opportunity to witness the vibrancy of Polynesian culture and life, including refined tattoos, songs and dances (once forbidden by the missionaries), weaving and handicrafts. Polynesia is proud of its identity, and is far from just a place for island folklore or rest and relaxation on beaches of black, pink or white sand.
Head for its lagoons with their marvelous tints of green and blue. Dive in and enjoy the show! Polynesia is a paradise for divers, boasting rays and multi-coloured fish, as well as for surfers, especially in Tahiti, and hikers with its relief evoking the islands' volcanic origins. Not to mention the superb sailing to be had around its islands and atolls, or visiting its archaeological sites where traces from its Pre-European past are everywhere, the legacy of an ancestral culture currently experiencing a big revival. Maeva!

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French Polynesia : Must-see towns and regions

  • Huahine

    Huahine is a little corner of paradise, boasting a superb volcanic landscape separated into two islands of coral reefs, beaches and motu. Tucked away in this well-preserved natural setting are charmin...

  • Maupiti

    Island idyll on the horizon! Little Maupiti (11km2), where you will lodge in family-run guesthouses, is fringed with fine beaches, a lagoon and five motu and their hidden treasures: Tiare Hina, the en...

  • Tikehau

    Studied by Jacques-Yves Cousteau because of its exceptionally rich marine life, Tikehau is also home to colonies of birds such as red-footed boobies, which nest on the deserted motu. An island with pi...

  • Papeete

    It is worth taking time out to enjoy Papeete, the capital of French Polynesia: wander around the market and the crafts village; a quick bite to eat in the evening in front of the caravans on Place Vai...

  • Moorea

    Next to Tahiti, the island of Moorea, famous for its pineapples, is an old volcano and has retained a steep relief offering great walks. In store for visitors to this magical island: idyllic beaches, ...

  • Bora Bora

    Bora Bora: the name alone sends you into a reverie, and with good reason! The little island tallies up the superlatives with its lagoon, white-sand beaches, and spectacular motu. It is a pleasure to b...

  • Tahaa

    The air is laden with the scent of vanilla… charming Tahaa produces 80% of Polynesian vanilla! Another of the island's specialities is stone fishing, which takes place at the end of October. No airpor...

  • Raiatea

    Renowned for the royal marae complex of Taputapuatea and overlooked by Mt Temehani, a legendary site where the souls of the deceased linger, Raiatea is aptly named the sacred island. No beach here, bu...

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