The best islands to see on a first trip to French Polynesia

Resort in Moorea in French Polynesia

The French Polynesia It is undoubtedly one of the most incredible places in the world, islands full of coral reefs and animals living around it.

If you like nature in its purest form, and especially marine life, you have to consider travel to Polynesia because it is much more impressive than you can dream of.

There are very few corners of the planet that can live up to the French Polynesia and you have a feeling of seeing yourself surrounded by movie landscapes how Jurassic Park.

Beach on the island of Rangiroa in French Polynesia

How these islands are in the middle of the South Pacific Many hours of flight from the continents, many people prefer to make shorter trips and are not aware of what they are missing.

What to see and do in French Polynesia

You can dive or do snorkel between sharks or fish of all colors you can imagine, feed striped blankets, or do calmer activities like going on aboogie or drive aquad among palm forests.

And also for those who are afraid of spiders, snakes and these types of animals, do not worry because there is hardly any, much less dangerous.

Waterfall inside Tahiti in French Polynesia

The most dangerous thing was the geckos, a kind of salamander that eats mosquitoes, which in addition to preventing them from biting us, run away when you approach.

What islands to visit in French Polynesia

French Polynesia is 118 islands and atolls spread across 5 archipelagos, so the options when choosing what to visit are many.

That's why we are going to teach you Our selection of which you can not miss.

When choosing, there is an island that is always visited, Tahiti, since it is the only international airport in French Polynesia, where all the flights arrive.

Here you have a video and we leave you the link to an article with the best tips to visit French Polynesia, which will be useful if you consider planning a trip to this paradise.


Tahiti It is one of the most famous islands, and you could say that it is a must see.

Actually Tahiti are two embraced islands that together become the largest island of French Polynesia, and it is the only one with an urban character, since, as a curiosity, it is only in it you will be able to drive on a road with three lanes.

It is an island very similar to Hawaii since its volcanic origin It is very marked, and since the original volcano that formed the island is not so sunk, there is not as much coral as in other atolls.

Life on the island is around the coast, but much of its charm is in the interior.

He Tahiti interior it's a wonder of nature, with tropical forests and huge waterfalls They do not stop releasing water throughout the year.

If you have time, I recommend you sign up for the excursion through the interior of Tahiti that we could do on our trip, in which an authentic Polynesian will discover the island while telling you many traditions of the Polynesian culture.

Of course yes you travel to Tahiti you can't stop knowing the Papeete market, a must see within the island.

A good contact with the culture of a country is to visit its markets because through them you can know the customs and habits that a population has.

At Papeete market You will find everything from different types of food and crafts, to products made from coconut and flowers, which are one of the star items of the island as they are loaded with symbology.

That's why when you arrive at any hotel they receive you with an offering as a way of fresh flower necklace.

Resort in Moorea in French Polynesia


Moorea it is an island that isonly 17 kilometers from Tahiti, less than half an hour by ferry.

A beautiful island in which many Tahitians reside and to which they return every afternoon after their workday.

It is the island where many of the fruits that are then consumed in Tahiti like pineapple, banana or mangoes.

Moorea It also has an incredible Coral barrier, especially in the north of the island.

In this area of ​​the island there are two large bays with a lot of history, because the captain came to them James cook on the trips he made throughout this Pacific region.

Here we leave you this video where we show you this amazing island, an essential visit if you travel to Polynesia.

Moorea basically it only has a road that runs along the island by the sea, which is where most populations are located.

Although there are actually other roads that go inland, in practice they are used by farmers to go to thegrowing areas

In fact there are several excursions in quad or in boogie to which you can sign up to know the interior of the island, which are very worthwhile.

They are half-day excursions during which you walk the plantations until you reach viewpoints from where you can enjoy incredible landscapes.

Specifically there are two lookouts which are very special, which we could visit when we toured the island in quad.

One from which the two bays are seen, and the other is known as Magic mountain for its amazing 360 degree views that allow you to see from the mountain to the coral reefs in the north of the island.

Sharks at Moorea in French Polynesia

Bora Bora

Bora Bora is next to Tahiti, the most famous of the 118 islands of French Polynesia, and is that the incredible photos of their floating bungalows over turquoise waters is not an easy image to forget.

And there are so many bungalows of this style because the shape of the atoll It makes it much easier than building them in other places.

An outer ring surrounding the central island makes Bora Bora It is a very peculiar island in which one could almost say that the roads are meaningless, everything is easier by the sea.


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That is why it is a very good place to do snorkel from the same hotel, since the entire interior of the atoll has very shallow and calm waters full of coral.

It is one of the islands more tourist and more expensive, since there are few accommodations and they are of absolute luxury.

Here are all the big hotel chains and it is a highly demanded area for honeymoons.


Being full of Coral reefs, in French Polynesia there are some of the best areas in the world to dive, and the crown jewel, if we talk about diving into the sea to see fish, is the Rangiroa atoll, just an hour by plane north of Tahiti.

Do not miss the video that we insert in this article in which you can see in images the experience of visit Rangiroa.

This great atoll that would fit Tahiti inside, only one ring out of the water coral beaches surrounding the caldera of the ancient volcano.

This island became famous because in the Tiputa Pass, one of its two accesses from the sea to the interior of the atoll, there is a dolphin family They live all year and play in the currents that form.

In fact there is a hotel, the Relais des Josephine, from whose terrace you can see the dolphins every afternoon jump and surf the waves that form the current when leaving from the inside of the atoll towards the open sea.

Rangiroa Island in French Polynesia

All diving enthusiasts have to visit this island, even what you have never submerged with a bottle, as it happened to us; This is without a doubt a very good place to start.

In a first dive of the initiation diving it is already possible to see hundreds of fish since at the entrance of Tiputa There are marine reserves crowded with life.

And for the more experienced divers Absolutely unique dives can be made.

Can be seen hammerhead sharks or blackfin sharks, you cantouch the dolphins living there, for what they will approach, or dive among all kinds of Colorful fish.

The best thing to imagine as amazing is to know that Rangiroa It is the favorite island of most Polynesians.

Video: Top 5 Things To Do In Tahiti (January 2020).