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  • 1 Society Islands Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    The Society Islands are composed of the Windward Islands (which include Tahiti and Moorea) and the Leeward Islands, which include Bora Bora, Maupiti and Huahine. With their superb beaches, steep mountains and transparent lagoons, as well as the marke..

  • 2 Cook's Bay Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    The most picture-perfect spot on Moorea. The vast and deep Cook's Bay, embellished by the rocky needles that look out over it, provides boats with a truly exceptional mooring spot. The bay leads you in to lush slopes and the lively village of Pao Pao..

  • 3 Royal Marae of Taputapuatea Recommended Recommended

    Archaeological and historical sites

    . Pointe Atiaapiti

    The royal marae of Taputapuatea is the most prestigious in all of Polynesia. The site was previously accessible by pirogue via the Ava Mo'a pass on the occasion of official, political or religious ceremonies. Associated with Oro, the god of war, the ..

  • 4 Tuamotu Archipelago Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    Stretching over more than 1 500km, like a giant piece of lacework, the Tuamotu Archipelago relates above all the story of a people, the Paumotu, and how they adapted to an unforgiving environment. The absolute calm of these beautifully preserved isla..

  • 5 Marquesas Islands Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    In visiting the Marquesas Islands you will of course be following in the footsteps of Paul Gauguin and Jacques Brel, but you will also be discovering a set of volcanic islands that together form a quite remarkable archipelago whose craggy inland area..

  • 6 Archaeological Sites of Hiva Oa Recommended Recommended

    Archaeological and historical sites

    The most splendid of the many archaeological sites of Hiva Oa is without doubt the site of Iipona, with its majestic tiki standing imposingly in the midst of the lush vegetation. Be sure also to visit Punaei and its tiki with the mysterious smile, Te..

  • 7 Tahiti Interesting

    Nature and gardens

    Tahiti, the largest of the Polynesian islands, is of volcanic origin, as the landscape suggests. Take long walks around the island to best appreciate the colour and beauty of the setting. Don't miss the Gauguin Museum and the Museum of Tahiti and Her..

  • 8 Museum of Tahiti and Her Islands Interesting

    Museums and art

    . Pointe des pêcheurs ’Nu’uroa.

    The Museum of Tahiti and Her Islands unlocks the secrets of Polynesian history and culture. Be sure to see the collection of tiki, statues carved out of wood or stone to depict various divinities. The park with its fine view over Moorea rounds off yo..

  • 9 Archaeological Site of Maeva Interesting

    Archaeological and historical sites

    A trip to the archaeological site of Maeva, a former royal village is a journey through the pre-European past of Polynesia. The picturesque village is the starting point for a visit taking in the marae, the most impressive of which dates back to the ..

  • 10 Rangiroa Lagoon Interesting

    Nature and gardens

    The Rangiroa Lagoon shimmers with infinite shades of blue, green and white. The turquoise waters are home to an exceptional array of wildlife, the sand is tinged with pink, parakeets perch in the coconut palms... Needless to say, it is quite a sight!..

  • 11 Archaeological Sites of Nuku Hiva Interesting

    Archaeological and historical sites

    The sites of Paeke, Hikokua or Kamuhiei are all testament to the historical treasures of Nuku Hiva. Countless petroglyphs, vast paepae (ceremonial stone platforms), and impressive tiki (anthropomorphous figures) carved out of stone take visitors back..

  • 12 Cimetière du Calvaire Interesting

    Religious buildings

    Calvary Cemetery is the final resting place of Jacques Brel and Paul Gauguin, artists, who spent the last years of their life on the island of Hiva Oa and left a lasting impression here. Moving.

  • 13 Gambier Islands

    Nature and gardens

    The mountainous Gambier Islands, the most remote in French Polynesia, were chosen in the 19C by the priests Laval and Caret as the base for their evangelising mission. This past lives on in Mangareva, where a rich religious heritage intermingles with..

  • 14 Austral Islands

    Nature and gardens

    A hat woven by expert hands, unforgettable sightings of whales, the sweetness of the fertile valleys... Just some of the attractions of the Austral Islands, the southernmost group of islands in French Polynesia. Come and discover their many treasures..

  • The Paul Gauguin Cultural Centre in Atuona may not possess any originals of the artist's work, but it does present very faithful copies of his paintings. The "House of Sensual Delight", where he lived, has been reconstructed here along with..

  • Jacques Brel chose to spend the last years of his life in Atuona. He regularly flew his aeroplane Jojo, a Beechcraft, between here and Tahiti as a service to the local population. The aeroplane is on display in the Brel Cultural Centre, a hangar wher..

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