Nestled in the vat waters of the Pacific Ocean, the 118 islands of French Polynesia are among the most beautiful tropical paradises in the world. Archaeologists determined that the islands of French Polynesia were among the last places on earth that humans settled. Tahiti, Bora Bora, and Moorea are the most commonly known islands in French Polynesia, but they are far from the only places worth exploring. Rangiroa and Tuamotu are just two other islands that offer a wide array of activities for travelers from around the world.
If French Polynesia travel plans are at the top of your list, the simplest way to divide your planning is into three basic categories: relaxation, land activities, and water activities.
If you’re looking for a vacation where the only thing you have to do is put on a bathing suit and lie on the beach, French Polynesia is an ideal place to go. The waters are crystal clear, the sands are smooth and inviting, and there are a number of excellent resorts where you can simply lounge the day away. Bring a stack of Agatha Christie novels, research some new tropical cocktails, and bring a big ol’ bottle of sunblock. That’s really all you need to have an amazing vacation in French Polynesia.
If sitting on the beach all day sounds a bit boring to you, you might prefer some of French Polynesia’s many adventure activities. The best options are available on Tahiti, Bora Bora, Moorea, and Nuku Hiva. Here you can find ATV safaris, breathtaking hikes, horseback riding, mountain biking tours, and much more. For an unforgettable view of Tahiti, try a one hour helicopter tour. Or, to learn a few things about the natural history of the islands, try a guided hike with Tahiti Expeditions on Moorea.
There’s no escaping the lure of French Polynesia’s waters. The islands are a preferred destination for scuba divers, and there’s a lot of great snorkeling as well. You can also go on a dolphin watching excursion, or you can swim with electric rays on Moorea or feed sharks on Huahine. If you feel overwhelmed with the number beautiful islands to see, consider spending your time on a sailing trip. There are a variety of boat tours that last anywhere from a few days to a few weeks and take travelers between the most popular islands of French Polynesia.
US passport holders don’t currently need a French Polynesia visa in order to visit any of the islands. If you don’t hold a US passport, you may require a visa to French Polynesia depending upon your nationality, the purpose of your visit, and the length of your visit. We don’t keep track of all possible visa requirements, but were happy to research your visa needs for you for a small fee of $15 per request. Simply contact our team for more information.
Laurie Lee is co-founder and CEO of Swift Passport and Visa Services. A Chicago native, Laurie loves adventure travel, especially to the Caribbean. She enjoys writing for the Swift Post, as well as for her personal blog, Spare Parts- www.sparebodyparts.com.