Jewel of the South Seas - Paradise Island Holidays

By: Wolfgang Jaegel

A trip to French Polynesia is just like a dream come true. French Polynesia is an overseas territory attached to France. Located in the center of the South Pacific Ocean, French Polynesia is halfway between Australia and California in the US. Better known by the name of its main island, Tahiti, French Polynesia is a constellation of about 118 islands and islets, categorized into five archipelagos, such as Society Islands, Austral Islands, Gambier Islands, Marquesas Islands, and Tuamotu Islands.

With Pepeete as its capital, French Polynesia's each island group has its own significance, and is much famed for its dramatic scenery and unique landscape comprising towering mountain peaks, stunning translucent lagoons, valleys with plenty of beautiful as well as aromatic flowers, lush green tranquil meadows, long stretches of sun drenched, white sandy beaches, shimmering shores, and rain forests with tropical fruit trees. In fact, French Polynesia, otherwise known as Tahitian Islands, boasts of everything to cater to preferences of all types of tourists, no matter they are honeymooners, newly wed couples, adventurers, or leisurely travelers.

Probably the most popular and populated among the Tahitian island groups is the Society Islands, which is made up of islands such as Tahiti, Moorea, Bora Bora, Huahine, and Raiatea. The largest as well as the main island in French Polynesia, Tahiti boasts of a very attractive environment, and is home to destinations such as Pepeete - French Polynesia's commercial hub, the James Norman Hall Home - a museum dedicated to James Norman Hall, the Paul Gauguin Museum, where you can see arts and artifacts related to the life of the famous French artist, Paul Gauguin can be seen, and Pearl Museum, which is regarded as one of its kind in the world. Located just ten minutes by air from Tahiti is Moorea, whose focal point is the Tiki Village - a traditional theater where one could spectacle cultural performances and enjoy an unforgettable lagoon-side dinner.

Tiki Village is also a great spot for those who want to get married in a traditional Polynesian way. It offers three wedding packages to choose from such as the Princess Wedding, the Royal Wedding, and the Royal Deluxe Wedding.

With its magnificent lagoon and unspoiled natural surroundings, Bora Bora is regarded as one of the most romantic destinations on the earth. In other words, it is a great place for lovers, honeymooners, and couples who want to rekindle their romantic feelings and celebrate important milestones of life in a special way. Located about 250 kilometers north-west of Tahiti, Bora Bora's attractions, among many others, are the Mount Otemanu, ancient Maraes or stone temples, and an incredible lagoon.

Lying about 175 kilometers north-west of Tahiti is Huahine - an enchanting island which consists of two scenic islands such as Huahine Nui and Huahine-Iti. When comes to Raiatea, it is accessible only via boat. It allows you to engage in a number of activities such as to explore the beauty of the hued lagoon, to go for a picnic on a beautiful isolated motu, or to go for a hiking trip to experience the incredibility of the place.

Equally worth mentioning is the attractions in island groups such as Taumotu Islands, with islands like Rangiroa, Manihi, and Fakarava; Marquesas Islands, which is about 1400 kilometers north-east of Tahiti, and consisting of 12 volcanic islands, of which only six are inhabited; Gambier Islands, with about 14 tiny mountainous islands, among which the largest as well as the most populated is Mangareva; and Austral Islands, which comprises islands such as Rurutu, Tubuai, Rimatara, Raivavae and Tapa.

Hence, it is not a wonder why French Polynesia is toured year-round by people from across the world. Guests can choose from a variety of accommodation choices from upscale hotels and resorts to beachside apartments and villas. However, the most sought after among the accommodation options in French Polynesia is overwater bungalows with thatched roof and glass floorings. Staying in an overwater bungalow is a great choice for couples and travelers seeking privacy and tranquility.

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