Getting To and Around French Polynesia

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By Travel Team 2 Min Read
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As French Polynesia is a collection of approximately 118 remote islands located in the southern part of the Pacific Ocean, halfway between California and Australia, travelling there takes a bit of effort. 

However, the reward is well worth the extensive travel, as the idyllic lagoons, colourful reefs, and sprawling mountains draw visitors from all over the world. 

The majority of travellers arrive by air, with the only international airport, Tahiti-Faa’a, residing on the main island of Tahiti, about five kilometres west of the capital, Papeete. From here, you can easily hop on flights with airlines like Air Tahiti or Air Moana to go to nearby islands and atolls to explore the various regions. 

Another popular option that ensures you can visit multiple islands and experience French Polynesian culture is booking an island-hopping cruise that begins in Papeete and takes you through the captivating isles via crystal blue waterways. This may allow for less independence, but you’ll be able to take comfort in all-inclusive amenities and a well-organised itinerary. 

Once ashore the main island of Tahiti, public transportation is widely available, with a bus system, taxis, and ferries that run consistently throughout the day. On the outer islands, public transport is less common, and it is highly recommended to use rental cars or motorcycles, or even your own two feet if you are up for a scenic adventure. 

French Polynesia is a mythical destination with islands like Tahiti, Moorea, Bora Bora, and the untouched Marquesas Islands that cannot be missed. There is no wrong time of year to go, as the islands bask in nearly 3,000 hours of sunshine per year. Those who take the time to travel  to this unique paradise are rewarded with experiences and scenery that are unlike anything else. 

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