Everybody has a destination in mind when they are organising their honeymoon, but the destinations found in the French Polynesia islands always rank near the top.
Sometimes nature draws together dreamy scenery and beautiful clear water, and that is precisely what you will find among these islands. That isn’t even mentioning the accommodation; this can only be defined as romantic.
The French Polynesia islands will always remain the dream vacation for couples, but over recent years it is becoming a typical holiday destination for families; so you’re never too old to visit.
The 118 islands of French Polynesia can be found in the middle of the South Pacific; just over ten hours away from Toronto.
The beautiful islands are spread over two million square miles and divided into several groups. The largest of the islands is Tahiti, and here you will also find the capital city of Papeete. These are two of the most popular destinations that visitors come to; they are among the Society Islands. Moorea and Bora Bora also fall into this group.
Further adrift you will find the Tuamotu Islands; destinations here include Fakarava and Tikehau, and the Marquesas Islands. The two less commonly visited are the Austral and Gambier Islands.
When to Go?
The French Polynesia islands are the perfect destination with sunshine all year round. There are only two seasons; summer and winter. Although, the worst you can expect in the winter is showers. The best time to travel is during the clear and dry winter months between May and October. However, should you visit between November and April there is still constant sunshine, but there may be random showers.
Due to the 15 islands hosting tourism infrastructure it can be confusing to decide where to start; mainly down to the 100’s of possible combinations you could do. It is mostly down to your travelling experience and the interests that you have.
People visiting these islands for the first time tend to start their seven or ten day trip at Tahiti and travel on a circuit of three islands. From Tahiti you can move onto Moorea which is a green and beautiful island; just a short ferry away from Papeete and the highly-regarding Bora Bora. The latter is the perfect destination, with the dazzling Mt. Otemanu and lagoons likely to be the highlights of your entire trip.
Bora Bora is the perfect location for second-time visitors and hopeless romantics. The scenery, weather and lifestyle never get old and is the definition of a dream vacation. Should you be a returning visitor to the islands, you can move on from here to Taha. This is located just a short flight away from the Bora Bora, and they boast rare pearl and vanilla farms. Snorkelling enthusiasts can move onto Tikehau, Manihi or a different secluded Tuamotu area to experience a once in a lifetime underwater experience. The dreamy beaches here will ensure that you can relax afterwards.
However, should you be interested in more diving you should head to the unique coral reefs located at Rangiroa; which is renowned as one of the best places in the world to dive. Those that are craving an adventure can enjoy exploring ancient tribal lore at the breathtaking Marquesas.
Are the islands expensive?
The majority of food and drink on the islands is expensive; since they have to be shipped in over a long distance. The cheaper options include fresh seafood and tropical fruit. Taha and Bora Bora are the most expensive islands, while Tahiti and Moorea can be up to a third cheaper. To save money, you can shop around and find a beach bungalow that includes breakfast.
Citizens of the USA and Canada can stay for 90 days or less with a valid passport. For safe travel tips and updates for Canadian citizens, be sure to check out this government site for up to date safety related informations.
English is spoken fluently, but the two official languages are Tahitian and French. You will find that hotel staff will be able to speak English, as will shop workers and tour operators.
The official currency on the islands is the French Pacific Franc (XPF). You will be able to exchange all major currencies into XPF inside hotels as there are few cash machines.