French Polynesia

Overview

From Andrew Harper

French Polynesia is an autonomous overseas territory of France consisting of 118 islands sprinkled over a vast oceanic area almost the size of continental Europe. Of its five archipelagos, the Society Islands are perhaps the best-known to foreigners: Bora Bora, Tahaa, Raiatea and Huahine are less than an hour by air northwest of Tahiti. Enchanting Bora Bora and its neighboring islands embody the South Pacific fantasy. The sheer physical beauty of these lush and mountainous tropical idylls is astonishing. French Polynesia is eight hours’ flight from Los Angeles, the international airport being located on the island of Tahiti. Since most flights arrive in the middle of the night and depart early in the morning, it is often necessary to spend a night in Papeete.

CLIMATE : Schedule your visit during the drier, less humid months of May-October. There is little change in temperature and humidity year-round. Rainfall is moderate to heavy December-March, with the remaining months subject to light afternoon showers. Southeasterly trade winds prevail.

TIME : Five hours behind New York (EST).

CURRENCY : Pacific franc (CFP). Fluctuating rate valued at about CFP90 = US$1.00 as of March 2012. Note: One of our suggested hotels quotes rates in euros (€); €1.00 = US$1.30 as of March 2012.

U.S. EMBASSY : None. A U.S. consular agent is located in Punaauia, Tel. 42-6535.

DIRECT DIAL CODES : To phone hotels in French Polynesia, dial 011 (international access) + 689 (French Polynesia code) + local numbers in listings.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS : Passport(valid for six months beyond end of stay). Visit travel.state.gov, and for travelers’ health information, cdc.gov.

GENERAL INFORMATION : Visit tahiti-tourisme.com before your trip.

Hotels

All recommended hotels in French Polynesia

Bora Bora, French Polynesia
Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora
Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora

Luxury resort on a separate motu (islet). The 100 overwater bungalows and seven beachfront villas with pools have sliding doors by deep tubs for panoramic views of the lagoon.

Le Taha'a Island Resort & Spa
Le Taha'a Island Resort & Spa

Captivating resort on a private islet off the coast of Taha’a, surrounded by a turquoise lagoon and backdropped by Bora Bora's dramatic profile, reached by 35-minute launch ride from the airport on neighboring island or a 10-minute helicopter flight from Bora Bora.

The St. Regis Bora Bora Resort
The St. Regis Bora Bora Resort

This 100-suite hotel offers the largest accommodations in French Polynesia.

Special Offers

Special Offers

Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora - Complimentary Fourth Night with Breakfast
Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora - Complimentary Fourth Night with Breakfast

Fourth night complimentary when three consecutive nights are confirmed. Includes daily buffet breakfast in Tere Nui restaurant and applies to a maximum of two guests per Overwater Bungalow Suite or four guests per Villa. Offer is stackable for longer stays with every fourth night complimentary.

Winter of Luxury–Stay Five Nights, Pay Only for Four
St. Regis Bora Bora - Winter of Luxury–Stay Five Nights, Pay Only for Four

Your luxuriously seductive Overwater Villa above the sparkling turquoise waters awaits. Confirm five nights, pay only for four, and receive an upgrade from an Overwater Villa to Superior Overwater Villa or from Superior Overwater Villa to Deluxe Overwater Villa; daily breakfast at Te Pahu Restaurant and a three-course dinner once during stay. Nightly rates start at approximately $1,152 USD per villa, excluding taxes.

The St. Regis Bora Bora Resort - Couples' Retreat With Complimentary Fifth Night
The St. Regis Bora Bora Resort - Couples' Retreat With Complimentary Fifth Night

Couples can stay in paradise for five nights and pay only for four. Confirm a Deluxe Overwater or Pool Beach Villa and receive a guaranteed upgrade, Champagne and chocolate amenity on arrival, flowerbed and flower bath turndown and one 50-minute couple's massage at Spa Miri Miri by Clarins.