- The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new lands but seeing with new eyes. Marcel Proust
Visit French Polynesia
French Polynesia, an overseas collectivity of France, comprises more than 100 islands in the South Pacific, stretching for more than 2,000km. Divided into the Austral, Gambier, Marquesas, Society and Tuamotu archipelagos, they're known for their coral-fringed lagoons and over-the-water bungalow hotels. Island features include white- and black-sand beaches, mountains, rugged backcountry and towering waterfalls.
French Polynesian islands offer tourists a breathtaking backdrop to an assortment of activities.
While snorkeling, scuba diving, and other various water activities are the most popular attraction, tourists can also enjoy guided historical tours, hiking and exploring, as well as shopping in some of the various markets scattered across the islands.
Almost 61% of the total population of French Polynesia lives on the island of Tahiti, in and around the capital city of Papeete. Its lively port boasts Parisian-style cafés, a market, and plenty of places to dine.