French Polynésie française, formerly French Oceania, is an overseas French country consisting of 118 islands in Polynesia in the southeastern Pacific Ocean in Polynesia which contains 1000s of islands. The capital is the city of Papeete on the island of Tahiti. From 1946 to 2003, French Polynesia had the status of French overseas territory.
One of the more ”familiar” islands, made famous in countless films, is probably Bora Bora in French Polynesia. Tahiti is the largest island in the French Polynesian group which includes Bora Bora and Moorea. Secluded and lush, these islands truly are an island paradise. If you´re tired of the large, anonymous chain hotels, a Tahitian guesthouse may be just what you´re looking for. These small, family-run pensions, often consisting of no more than 4-5 bungalows on the beach, are a truly authentic way of experiencing local culture. In some, you may even share meals with the family or join them on excursions such as pearl diving, snorkeling or hiking. Like to feed a big, gentle manta ray by hand, or zip line across the forest for a bird´s eye view? You can do that, too. And the Tahitians love their festivals – and there are many, from gospel to guitar, flowers to breadfruit!
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