Of all the world’s most famous archipelagos, French Polynesia is one of the most untouched yet impressive and it is a set of islands attached to France in the heart of the South Pacific Ocean. Conveniently located in between Australia and California, French Polynesia has plenty of beaches for you to relax on while forgetting all your worries.
Papeete is the capital of French Polynesia and is found on the famous island of Tahiti. Papeete is so small you can walk around it easily to go from place to place, particularly if you are going to the waterfront area, which has been developed into a long park with a carnival and numerous restaurants selling international food.
The Society Islands are the most inhabited of the western islands and are surrounded by tropical coral reefs and peaceful lagoons. For those after something new, Clipperton Island is based closer to Mexico and was only declared part of French Polynesia very recently. Most tourists make their own way here in order to enjoy fishing, snorkelling and diving.
There is no accommodation on Clipperton Island and you will have to set up camp with those accompanying you. On the other hand, there are nearly 50 hotels of an international class found on 12 islands in French Polynesia. You don’t need to search far to find big franchises such as Sheraton, Novotel and Radisson offering four-star rooms.
Due to its remote location in the middle of the South Pacific Ocean, flying really is the only option if you plan on travelling to French Polynesia. Air Tahiti Nui is the country’s flag carrier and flies directly from Paris, New York, Los Angeles and Tokyo to Faa’a International Airport. Once you land here you can easily catch a connecting domestic flight to another destination.