There are 118 islands and atolls that constitute French Polynesia, of which Tahiti is the largest and most well known. The islands are located south of the equator, in the same time zone as Hawaii. Tahiti's Faa'a Airport is just 7 hours by air from Los Angeles.
The island of Tahiti, with its capital city of Papeete, is located in the Society Islands, an archipelago that includes the lofty islands of Moorea, Huahine, Raiatea, Taha’a and Bora Bora. Other popular destinations in French Polynesia are the Tuamotus, with the slender coral wreaths of Rangiroa, Manihi, Tikehau and Fakarava, and the Marquesas, with the massive mountains of the Nuku Hiva and Hiva Oa islands.
Tahiti rises unexpectedly out of the ocean and is crowned by a circle of majestic peaks. The mountainous interior shelters deep valleys, clear streams, soaring waterfalls and mysterious caves. The flat coastal lands edged with a rugged coastline are home to fields of tropical flowers and most of the island's population.
Papeete, meaning "water basket" was once the gathering place where Tahitians came to fill their calabashes with fresh water. Now it is the bustling capital city and the gateway to the islands many treasures. Papeete boasts world class resorts and spas, vibrant markets, fine restaurants, pearl shops and boutiques.
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French Polynesia Resorts
Ninamu Resort is an all-inclusive island retreat catering to luxury seeking outdoor enthusiasts. Hidden away on a motu in the southwest corner of the Tikehau Atoll, this small slice of paradise serves as the perfect launch pad for divers, fishermen, kiteboarders, surfers, paddlers or anyone who simply loves relaxing in and around tropical waters.
Ninamu Resort features seven hand crafted bungalows, all built with natural, locally sourced materials. Each bungalow is unique in design and character and can accommodate different guests needs; from large families and groups of friends, couples, and solo travelers.
Tikehau Pearl Beach Resort & Spa
All bungalows are designed in true Polynesian style with thatched roofs (made from coconut palms), bamboo, teak and local wood. All units are very spacious and provide the perfect décor, and a glass floor in the overwater bungalows.
The Manea Spa is a world of absolute relaxation where you can bask in the pleasure of treatments and well-being. The staff at Tikehau Pearl Beach Resort are delighted to offer guests a wide range of services, including Wi-Fi at the reception/restaurant, outdoor pool, souvenirs shop, hotel boat shuttle, canoe, snorkeling equipment, badminton, beach volleyball, table tennis and more!
French Polynesia Master
French Polynesia is home to some of the most wondrous dive sites, where hundreds of hungry sharks gather in schools to be joined by manta rays and bottle-nosed dolphins. Diving Rangiroa’s reefs and channels you can expect to see grey reef hammerhead, black tips, silky, tiger and silver tip shark species cruising the reef, hunting on schools of snapper and fusiliers. Whilst drift diving through the 1200 meters wide channel at North Fakarava Island, you can experience incredible shark action, see huge Napoleon wrasses and witness marbled groupers spawning.