If you are looking for paradise, the French Polynesian islands is where to find it. They are located in the South Pacific Ocean miles away from anywhere!
On the Hawaiian and French Polynesian cruise we finally got down to the French Polynesian islands after many days at sea. Even from Hawaii it was six days at sea to get there.
We did stop in Pago Pago in American Samoa which took four days at sea from Hawaii to get to, that broke up the six days! Pago Pago is a beautiful little tropical island in the South Pacific Ocean.
The island has nice little sandy beaches and is full of lush greenery and exotic flowers.
After two more days at sea the first island we reached was Bora Bora, one of my favourite places in the world. Being from the UK this is so far away!
When you picture paradise, if it is clear blue skies, crystal clear water and white sands then Bora Bora is the place for you.
We went to Matire Beach and the morning we were there rained! So I was sitting on the beach with my umbrella up, but it did match my bikini! But it was only for an hour, then the sun came out and it was fantastic.
I love just been in the water as it is like being in a huge infinity pool, but it is the reef. The water is warm, calm and crystal clear so you can see the fish swimming and if you are lucky see stingrays, but they are very quick swimmers!
Also the water is quiet shallow so can you relax if you are not a good swimmer.
On the beach there are a few bars and restaurants. I had to have a coconut water. Here, they just cut the top off, put a straw in and the coconut is ready to drink!
The local dish is raw fish (usually tuna or white fish), soaked in coconut milk with carrots or cucumber. It is a delicious a dish and is good for no bloating on the beach!
This island is beautiful, surrounded by a reef with green lush mountains. In Morrea you can enjoy tours of the mountains to get amazing views of the reef.
I did a tour of the island in a 4×4 Land Rover up the mountains and all around. At the top of Magic Mountain (not the Disney type!) the view was breath taking.
We hiked the last 300ft, steep, but it was worth it. After, we went to a juice and liquor factory.
This was a treat, we tasted the mango juice and also two local cocktails very pleasing on the tongue!
Tahiti is the biggest island in French Polynesia and where you will find a city. We docked in Papeete, which is the ‘big city’ of French Polynesia.
Tahiti is a beautiful island and once you get out of the city area it idyllic like the other islands.
The best thing to do in Tahiti is go on a tour of the island to get some great photos of the reef and see the tropical side of the island.
I have a Polynesia friend that lives here, so she took me around the island to see the beautiful view points.
- Weather: 23*C – 31*C
- Language: French (English is spoken)
- Currency: Polynesian Francs (Also US Dollars and Euros are excepted)
- Top tips: Wear lots of sunscreen and drink lots of water
- Here are my recommendations for French Polynesia: sunscreen, water bottle and a waterproof camera, swimsuit, hat, cover-up, flip flops or gym kit and trainers if hiking.
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Have you been to French Polynesia? What would you recommend doing?
Love Lucy x
I would love to visit French Polynesia, and your post covers lots of the bases. I feel the travel bug now!!
The islands are paradise, especially Bora Bora!
You are so lucky to be visiting those amazing places! Paradise is an overused word, but if I were to cliche, I would definitely call this the best kind of paradise!
I know, I count my blessings everyday! I only use the word paradise when it really is paradise and French Polynesia really is.
As soon as I saw French Polynesia, I clicked the article, it does look like paradise on Earth, doesn’t it? But six day on the sea to get there sounds like a lot! How did you manage?
I love French Polynesia and Bora Bora is my favourite place in the world 💙 Six days at sea is a lot, but I’m so used to cruising I make the most of my time by filling my days up with blogging, going to the gym, Zumba classes and of course eating!
I live in Fiji so I’m really hoping I get to visit French Polynesia while I’m here! Beautiful pics 🙂
Thank you 💙 You must it is so close, but saying that I still have not made it to Fiji!
This post had me drooling. I hope to go here one of these days and saving your post for when I plan! Gorgeous pics!
Thank you 💙 French Polynesia is amazing!
The pictures alone made me feel like I was right there! Hopefully one day!
Thank you! I hope you make it to French Polynesia one day!
I’ve always wanted to go to Bali. I’ve been to Fiji and it was magical. Hopefully I can travel there soon
Bali is in Asia and this article is about French Polynesia and located in the South Pacific.
I have never been to that side of the world and would love to be able to grace these beautiful islands one day! Your photos are amazing and just makes me want to book a holiday right away!
I hope you get to go one day as it is one of the most beautiful places in the world.
Lovely photos. This reminded me that I need a vacation here soon.
Thank you! Hope you get to go soon!
Wao! I’ve never heard about the French Polynesian Islands but after seeing all your pictures and descriptions I definitely want to go! 😀
French Polynesia sure is remote but they’re definitely fit for a trip of a lifetime!
Definitely! It is pure paradise when you get there!