French Polynesia is divided into 5 groups of islands: The Society Islands archipelago composed of the Windward Islands and the Leeward Islands, the Tuamotu Archipelago, the Gambier Islands, the Marquesas Islands and the Austral Islands. Among its 118 islands and atolls, 67 are inhabited. The most famous island, Tahiti, is located within the Society Islands archipelago. Tahiti is the most populous island and the seat of the capital of the collectivity; Pape'ete. Although not an integral part of its territory, Clipperton Island was administered from French Polynesia until 2007.
Discover the archaeological wonders of Hiva Oa. Visit Paumau and its large tikis. Experience local culture at the small village of Hanaiapa or culinary delights with the typical local dishes of Marie-Antoinette.
Board a motorized boat for an amazing excursion across the Blue Lagoon of Bora Bora. The lagoon is three times larger (80 square kilometers) than its land mass. It offers you a look at an incomparable range of lights and colors.
You will make a complete Circle Island Tour enjoying the superb view of Bora Bora's mountains. You will then reach a diving spot near the reef, where the guide will attract black tipped reef sharks. This experience may change your way of looking at those impressive animals. The show can be seen from the boat or in the water.
The canoe will stop near a coral garden so you can snorkel and discover the rich marine life of this habitat. You will then disembark on a private "motu" (islet) where the Lagoonarium is located. In the natural environment of the lagoon, the Lagoonarium offers you the opportunity to swim in three separate enclosed pools and enjoy close encounters with marine life (sharks, rays, jackfish, turtles, parrot-fish). The guides will show you how to approach these animals.
We will discover the fabulous wonders of the rest of Tahiti. Watch a wonderful waterfall and discover numerous tropical flowers as our guide tells you about the history of Tahiti and its inhabitants.
We will visit Venus Point, situated in the north on the edge of Matavai Bay, where European navigators landed. James Cook gave the name Venus in memory of his scientific trip to observe the planet.
Then, we will see Arahoho Blowhole, a lavatube designed by liquid lava flowing under cold and hard lava, creating a channel. When waves crash against the rocks and enter this channel, the result is a powerful sea water geyser that showers on lookers.
Next, we will walk across a bamboo plantation and follow pretty trails at the waterfalls located at Faarumai. Afterwards we make a visit to the Gauguin Museum, which shows an amazing retrospective on the life and works of Paul Gauguin, the famous French artist who spent the last twelve years of his life on Tahiti and the Marquesas Islands.
Finally, we will stop at Vaipahi Garden, a place where you will see a little waterfall, some endemic Tahitian flowers, trees and other plants.