The Society Islands: French Polynesia
Have you ever wondered where exactly French Polynesia is? You probably know that Tahiti is located here, but what about the other island paradises in this region? What’s the weather and the culture like? We’ve got the facts!
Where exactly is French Polynesia?
Located in the South Pacific Ocean, you’ll find 118 islands divided into 5 archipelagos—this is French Polynesia. One of these archipelagos is called the Society Islands, home to the islands of Tahiti, Bora Bora, Moorea, Huahine, Raiatea, Taha’a, and Tetiaroa.
You’ll find the most beautiful white, pink, and black sand beaches in French Polynesia, as well as the postcard-worthy lagoons. Most islands are surrounded by fringing reef that creates a protected turquoise lagoon. The coral atolls have just as amazing lagoons; however, they’re lacking the big island in the middle.
Fish, dolphins, rays, sharks and turtles (plus so much more!) call these coral gardens home. Like snorkeling and diving? You’re in the perfect place. You’ll also find there’s some stellar surfing on the glassy wave faces, as well as kitesurfing and windsurfing.
What’s the culture like?
French Polynesian culture can be described as laid-back. You’ll often hear “aita pea pea,” an expression that means “not to worry.” Many Tahitian traditions and oral legends date back to their Maohi ancestors, including the bamboo huts built with pandanus roofs they still live in and the colorful pareus they still wear. Modern Tahitian music combines contemporary Western melodies with the traditional nasal flutes, drums, and conch shells. Don’t forget to check out a giant tamara’a Tahiti feast, where a suckling pig is cooked in an underground oven with fe’i bananas, breadfruit, and other delicious traditional dishes.
When is the best time to visit French Polynesia?
The best time to visit French Polynesia is between May and September, during the summer months—right between low and high season. The weather is mild and prices are still comparable to low-season. However, this is the most popular time to visit, so book your flights and accommodation in advance!
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