French Polynesia Islands
From sparkling lagoons, to world-class snorkeling and dive sites, the French Polynesia islands will overwhelm your senses in all the best ways. Because these islands lie in the heart of the South Pacific Ocean, a cruise is the best way to go. Begin your tropical voyage in the Tahitian town of Papeete, where you can float in the island’s turquoise lagoon, before boarding the ship that will carry you through the narrow Passe de Tiputa. Iconic Bora Bora is one of your first stops. This tiny island welcomes visitors with an awe-inspiring view of Mount Otemanu and offers legendary snorkeling, kayaking, and stand-up paddleboard opportunities in almost every direction.
While exploring these islands, you’ll delight in the exotic flora and fauna, which includes plantains and coconuts, tiger sharks and manta rays, the Orange-lined Triggerfish, and multiple varieties of Angelfish. In Raiatea and Tahaa you’ll find a wellspring of Polynesian cultural sites, a trip to a vanilla plantation, and more warm waters to glide through. The thrills amp up when you bike off the beaten path in Huahine, say yes to a renowned drift dive in the Tuamotu Archipelago, then dance to the tunes of local musicians on Ranguiroa. Although you won’t want to leave, the excursion will end back in Papeete.
The nearest major airport is Faa’a International Airport. This airport has international and domestic flights to Papeete, French Polynesia, 5 km southwest from the town center of Papeete, the capital of French Polynesia and is about 27 km from the center of Tahiti. Direct flights to Papeete are available from New Zealand and United States. If you are flying in from New Zealand, you can take a direct flight from Auckland Airport , Auckland. Unfortunately, there are no direct flights available at the airport for those flying in from North America or Europe. Direct flights from USA are available to Papeete from Los Angeles International Airport. North American and European travellers can take a flight to Los Angeles via Air Canada, WestJet, Air Transat, British Airways, or any popular airlines.