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French Polynesia

By May 21, 2010 ,

BoraBora Island in French Polynesia. Image credits: Hello!magazine

French Polynesia is a French overseas collectivity almost floating in the middle of Oceania, it is composed of several groups of Polynesian islands and atholls in the South Pacific. This island, which is popular to the rich and the glamorous, is famous for its world-renowned paradise-like beaches and resorts. Two of its known islands are BoraBora and Tahiti, with the latter being the largest area and the most inhabited, it is also the seat of its capital, Papeete. This fascinating place in the southern pacific, is said to be the most beautiful island in the world!



Tahiti, French Polynesia. Photo credits: villageofjoy.com

This French protectorate is a great escape, a splendid getaway where one can truly enjoy the captivating gift of nature blended well on its idyllic location in the middle of the Pacific, moreover, this place offers lots of privacy as some of the finest resorts in the territory, such as groups of Leewards and the Marquesas Islands, are isolated and covered with lush forests.

Its blue lagoons and romantic beaches, set against the backdrop of thick vegetation, sweet-scented Tahitian flowers and clear aquamarine water. BoraBora, which is known to travelers as the "Pearl of the Pacific" because of its romantic and natural beauty of the sea, mystified tourists, it has a picturesque surrounding with fantastic luxury resorts and chalets, the most famous are Mont Otemanu and Plage de Marita offering a panoramic view of the South seas.

The Tahiti Pearl Regatta. Image credits: Hello! Magazine

The Tahiti Pearl Regatta is an annual celebration of seamanship in the island which saw the gatherings of sports enthusiasts all over the world who gleefully watched and participate in this unique sailing activity on the month of May, usually kicks of around May 12 to 16. Participants sailed through the triangle islands of Raiatea, Bora-Bora and Tahaa in a festival recognized as more than just sports competition, but celebration as well.

Swimming Pool of Bora-Bora Island resort. Image via web

With its unique setting in the South Pacific and lush tropical plants, French Polynesia is one breathtaking  place that should be included in your travel bucket list and wandering list. Bora Bora, in particular, has some of the most alluring lagoons in the world, it has unique luxury villas and chalets that constructed along its crystal blue water, it has a splendid environment of tropical fruits, flowers and wild trees, its coastline is blessed with creamy sand and sparkling aquamarine water, a great holiday escape for friends and lovers. Rate for 6 nights is reportedly $2,200 for two persons.

Blue Lagoon in BoraBora. Image via web

Tahiti is another spectacular island in French Polynesia, its capital, Papeete looks like a European city rather than a tropical island. It has an international airport in Faa, just few miles from Papeete, international flights include Air France, Air Tahiti Nui, Polynesian Airlines and Hawaiian Air. Tahitian getaway usually costs $1,600.00 for 5 days with a package travel tour to Tahiti, Bora Bora and Moorea islands.

Going to French Polynesia requires no visa, just a six-month valid passport, tourists may take a flight either from New Zealand, Hawaii, France or Los Angeles in the United States. The territory has no US embassy or consulate but is regarded as generally safe to travelers.

\Cool! What a fantastic place to visit!



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