French Polynesia sprawls over an area, the size of about 2/3's of the  Continental United States. The 130 main islands occupy only 1,500 square miles, smaller than the state of Rhode Island. Within this huge area lie five major archipelagos that differ in all ways from each other.

The most strikingly beautiful and most visited are the SOCIETY ISLANDS, named by Captain James Cook, with their  characteristic jagged peaks, remainders of volcanoes, sinking in the ocean. All have barrier coral reefs and lagoons worthy of postcards. Separated by the  Sea of the moon, lie the sister islands of TAHITI and MOOREA,  also known as the Windward islands. To the northwest lie the Leeward Islands: BORA BORA, HUAHINE, RAIATEA, TAHAA, MAUPITI and several smaller islands.

To the East, you'll find one of the world's largest atolls; the 60 low lying TUAMOTU  ISLANDS, lined up over 720 miles NW to SE. Most frequently visited and major supplier of black pearls is RANGIROA, also an outstanding scuba destination.

North-East of the Tuamotus, the MARQUESAS rise out of the Ocean, younger than the Society Islands, they don't have a protective coral reef and surf pounds their shores.

The AUSTRAL ISLANDS south of Tahiti and the GAMBIER Islands on the southern end of the Tuamotus are as remarkable, however not marketed for tourism yet.

 
 The Society Islands
TAHITI
MOOREA
BORA BORA
RAIATEA
HUAHINE
TAHAA
SPECIAL  PACKAGES
CRUISES
The Tuamotu Archipelago
RANGIROA
MANIHI
TIKEHAU
FAKARAVA
The Marquesas
NUKU HIVA
HIVA OA
ALL INCLUSIVE
HONEYMOON PACKAGES
EASTER ISLAND ESCAPE
 
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