February seems to symbolize a season of Love with an air of romance and the celebration of Valentine’s Day with the one you love, so I could not let the month pass without highlighting this very romantic and dreamy destination otherwise know as Idyllic Locales or the tropical paradise of the French Polynesian Islands. 

Tahiti, Moorea and Bora Bora are the main islands that people usually think of when you say French Polynesia, BUT there is so much more. You can island hop to see the unique differences, or you can hop on cruise like Paul Gauguin that has been cruising this destination for over 25 years and this way you can experience the islands and see so much more in one visit.

Here are 10 reasons why you should visit the Tropical Paradise known as the French Polynesian Islands...

1. Sunsets (and sunrises!)

This is where you will see a spectacular tapestry of color where the deepest of oranges, pinks, and purples kiss the green peaks of Mount Otemanu and shimmer across a sea of blue. It does not matter if you are watching a sunset or a sunrise, each are equally awe inspiring. 

2. Starry nights

Can you picture this: It’s nighttime in the South Pacific and you’ve found a quiet spot on the deck of your ship or your private balcony in your over water bungalow. Above, there is a blanket of stars, more than you could ever count or even imagine. With French Polynesia’s remarkably low light pollution and proximity to the equator it makes these stary nights something like you have never seen before. 

3. Blue lagoons 

With their crystal-clear waters in hues of turquoise and aquamarine—protected by natural reefs and rimmed with sandy beaches—French Polynesia’s iconic lagoons are legendary. While Bora Bora may be the region’s Grand Dame, Rangiroa’s is its largest, home to Blue Lagoon (a lagoon within a lagoon!). Heart-shaped Moorea boasts two symmetrical lagoons, and Fakarava is home to a UNESCO Marine Biosphere. 

4. Private Beaches 

Here in French Polynesia, you will find palm-fringed beaches of pure white sands. It does not matter if you are cruising on the beautiful Paul Gauguin where you will be rewarded with two private beach experiences OR if you are staying on land in the famed over water bungalows then you will also experience the beautiful beaches where the white sand meets the turquoise waters for a day of bliss.

5. Technicolor coral reefs 

French Polynesia’s reefs are revered worldwide for their snorkeling and scuba diving, making for a tempting invitation to jump in and create underwater memories together. With temperatures averaging 82°F/28°C year-round, you’ll enjoy exploring a vibrant world brimming with coral gardens and marine life, from Napoleon wrasse, butterfly fish, angelfish, octopus, and eels to sharks, rays, turtles, and more. 

6. Scents and scenery  

From the scent of Tahitian vanilla with its soft and subtle hues that lingers in the air in Taha’a, to the sway of towering coconut palms that line the beaches throughout all of French Polynesia, a journey through these idyllic islands will definitely ignite the senses.  

7. Cultural charm and friendly hospitality  

French Polynesia is renowned for the warm and welcoming spirit of its beautiful people, here you will find the locals embrace visitors with open arms, proud to share their traditions, dance, music, and genuine sense of community. 

8. Seafood and French flair  

Tahiti is a foodie’s paradise, with the bounty of the sea playing a starring role among a cast of French influencers. The national dish is poisson cru, a ceviche- or poke-like delicacy of fresh tuna prepared to perfection, and the roulettes (food trucks) are legendary, serving everything from shish kabobs and Asian fare to the catch-of-the-day, steaks, pommes frites, and more.  

9. Artisan crafts, pearls, and tattoos  

From the intricate carvings made of rosewood, walnut, bone, and shell found throughout the Marquesas to the famed black pearls that symbolize everlasting love and loyalty. The French Polynesia’s artisans create exquisite pieces using traditions and techniques passed on through generations. Did you know - The art of tatau (tattoo) began here in these beautiful islands.  

10. Bora Bora

Michener called it the most beautiful island in the world, and with her towering peaks, legendary lagoon, and iconic beaches, it’s easy to understand why Bora Bora is consistently voted the world’s #1 honeymoon destination. It is said to be the island “created by the gods” which speaks volumes.

There are 118 Islands that make up the French Polynesian Islands, so you don’t have to limit yourself to one island especially when you have made the long trip to this beautiful destination. You can cruise to multiple Islands with Paul Gauguin Cruises; they keep the beauty and traditions alive on board their ship and make stops at 2 private islands giving you the opportunity to explore stunning beaches. You can also combine your cruise with a stay in an overwater bungalow to gain the full experience of being in the Islands. 

This is a very romantic destination and perfect for honeymooners or couples looking to renew their vows. Until you have experienced it you will not understand the true fascination of this part of the world, its beauty is simple yet stunning, quiet yet vibrant all at the same time.  

Mauruuru (thank you) for reading about the French Polynesian Islands, if you are thinking this is a must, then just reach out to me and we can start the planning process for your visit to these magnificent tropical islands.

The Polynesian Islands is where culture meets paradise

Aileen Blair
Aileen Blair

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