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French Polynesia

Mr. Harper's Travel Guide

French Polynesia is an autonomous overseas territory of France, consisting of 118 islands sprinkled over an area of ocean 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 ...

French Polynesia is an autonomous overseas territory of France, consisting of 118 islands sprinkled over an area of ocean 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 islands 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. 

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

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

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