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What to see in French Polynesia

Tahiti

Tahiti is the largest island in French Polynesia and one of the most touristy of the Society Islands. Known for being one of the most romantic destinations in the Pacific, and for being the greatest inspiration of Paul Gauguin, its capital Papeete is the largest in the archipelago where most of the flights arrive in this part of the Pacific and where the ships dock too.

The main charm of Tahiti is that it is composed of two portions of volcanic earth joined by the thin strip of land. To the north is Tahiti Nui (the Great Tahiti), the most populated part of the island where the great hotel offers and adventure activities are concentrated. The south, however, is smaller and still retains the traditional culture of Polynesia.

This island is also the highest of the entire archipelago, so there are hiking and climbing activities to its Orohena mountain, which reaches to 2,200 metres. Among its most visited sights is the Te Fa'aiti park, surrounded by the popular black sand beaches; and the archaeological centres of 'Ārahurahu, Anapua or Mahaiatea, where the foundations of the pre-European conquerors are found. Do not miss the Museum of Tahiti and the Islands, where the history and traditions of Polynesia are explained; nor the bustling city markets.Located in French Polynesia, Bora Bora is one of the islands belonging to the Society Islands archipelago. Called the "Pearl of the Pacific", its main charm lies in the beauty of its geography, composed of an extinct volcano, mountains, thick forests and crystal clear waters.

Its huge turquoise lagoon is bordered by a coral reef that also serves as a barrier to protect it from the sea. A small opening allows the entry of some boats. Bora Bora is one of the most beautiful paradises in the world. It is also a very romantic destination and is known to be the favourite destination for honeymooners. Its airport, located in the north of the island, was an American military base during WWII, although none of the combats took place in its territory. This made it possible to maintain its natural beauty practically intact, although, with the increase in tourism since 1972, its shores witnessed the construction of the first hotels and holiday resorts.

 

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