Top 5: Islands in French Polynesia

by Katie Skrzek

Mar 6, 2019

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Located in the South Pacific, French Polynesia is a collectivity of France made up of more than 100 islands. These islands are divided into five groups: Austral Islands, Gambier Islands, Marquesas Islands, Society Islands and Tuamotu Islands. With so many islands to choose from, start with these five on your adventure to French Polynesia.


Bora Bora 

For a romantic escape, look no further than Bora Bora. The island boasts lush tropical landscapes and white-sand beaches. Mount Otemanu provides a beautiful backdrop. Stay in an overwater bungalow for a truly luxurious experience.



Located a short distance from Tahiti, Moorea is a popular honeymoon and anniversary destination. With its mountainous peaks, the island is ideal for hiking. Other popular activities include kayaking, paddle boarding and kite surfing.



Rangiroa is the largest atoll in French Polynesia. The island is known for its world-class scuba diving and snorkeling. Visitors can also visit Dominique Auroy Estate for a tasting of French Polynesia’s only wine label.



All international visitors to French Polynesia start their journey in Tahiti, home to Faa’a International Airport. Spend some time in the capital, Papeete. The city boasts restaurants, shops, bars and museums. Tahiti is a perfect spot if you want to experience the beach and city.



Fakarava is designated by UNESCO as a biosphere reserve for its breathtaking lagoon and diversity of rare marine and wildlife. Explore the villages filled with charming shops, restaurants and colorful buildings.


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