TRAVEL GUIDE to FRENCH POLYNESIA
This is your ultimate travel guide to French Polynesia!
Located on Tahiti, Papeete is the capital of French Polynesia.
I think that French Polynesia is the ultimate travel destination for those seeking a bespoke, luxury getaway on a dreamy island.
French Polynesia consists of no less than 118 islands that cover over 6.4K square kilometers. And it’s Frech!
It is the most popular tourist destination with breathtaking islands like Tahiti and Bora Bora, which everyone dreams to visit at least once in a lifetime.
But French Polynesia is not only Bora Bora or Tahiti, but it also has a very diverse marine life, and the region boasts some of the most spectacular diving spots in the world. The pristine white beaches will blow your Instagram feed.
You will be left speechless from the very first minute you step foot on this unreal but true paradise gate. Prepare your best outfits as this is the epitome of a luxurious island escape. And you’ll want to take pictures everywhere, rather we are talking about the beach, the luxurious spa retreats, or the under marine life.
SAY HELLO IN FRENCH POLYNESIA:
Salut/Bonjour = Hello/Good day in French
This is how to say hello in Tahitian:
Hello: Ia Ora na – pronounced yo-rah-nah
Welcome: Maeva – pronounced mah-ay-vah.
GOOD TO KNOW
When in FRENCH POLYNESIA
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French Polynesia’s main island, Tahiti, became a French protectorate in 1842, and France took possession of French Polynesia as a whole in 1880.
The native Pomare Family ruled until December 29, 1880, when Tahiti finally became a French colony. In 1957, the islands were reconstituted into a French Overseas Territory and given the official name French Polynesia.
French Polynesia is an overseas collectivity attached to the French Republic and associated with the European Union as an overseas country or territory (OCT), as provided for in Articles 198 to 204 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union. Therefore, the citizens of the European Union, have the right to stay in French Polynesia without a visa unless their presence constitutes a threat to public order.
Language: French is the official language of French Polynesia. Meanwhile French is the official language of Tahiti, Tahitian te roa language is widely spoken by locals. It includes only 16 letters and 1 000 words, so it’s relatively simple to learn.
The local currency of French Polynesia is the French Pacific Franc (CFP). U.S. dollar and European euro banknotes (no coins) are widely accepted as cash in the islands, although at least favorable exchange rates than at banks.
ATMs: You can use your credit card at most hotels, car rental companies, restaurants, and shops on all the islands. However, you should always have cash on you in case it’s not possible to pay with a card. The ATMs in French Polynesia are called “billetterie”, which is French for cash. There are ATMs at the banks on the main islands as well as at the post offices.
Plugs: The power plugs are types A, B, and E. The standard voltage is 110/220 V, and the frequency is 60/50 Hz.
Safety: The islands of French Polynesia are amongst the safest on the planet. Nonetheless, be precautious and don’t leave valuables alone, and don’t walk around by yourself on deserted beaches.
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Best Time to visit
Between June and August is the best period to visit French Polynesia. The weather is warm, and there’s little chance of storm clouds. However, being the high season, prices for accommodation and flights are unbearable, so plan in advance or search for the best deals.
From November through April, tropical storms start, but they are short, and before you know it, the sun will be out. It’s super humid in this period but with a good AC and giving your clothes to the hotel’s cleaning service, you will be OK. The prices are more affordable in this season, with no tourists, so go for it, especially if you are like me and search for deserted beaches to take your perfect shot, with no one around.