French Polynesia Island Hopping Mastered

French Polynesia island hopping

Today’s guest post is by Roxana Oliver.

French Polynesia has more than 400 islands in 5 archipelagos. In order to see at least some of them, you need to master the hopping all around the place. You are lucky because all of the islands are tiny and you would not need a lot of time for visiting them, a couple of hours will be enough. So decide what it is that you want to see, and let us think about the best possible ways of traveling across your target destinations. Air Tahiti offers island hopper services which give you the opportunity to have as much stops as you need, so be careful about deciding which ones to include on your list. These are just a few you do not want to miss.

French Polynesia island hopping

The Tuamotus
If you are keen on exploring the biodiversity of this part of the world, the Tuamotus is a group of islands you definitely have to visit. They are easily accessible form the Papeete and you can even reach them by famous cruises and enjoy the nature all around you. There are lagoons full of corals, fish and rays. You will be lucky to see dolphins in the afternoon near Unesco Biosphere Reserve where you can see sharks and barracudas. Do not waste your chance to see these species once you are in French Polynesia!

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Bora Bora

The picturesque island of Bora Bora is 140 miles far from Papeete airport and it is globally known as one of the most beautiful places for spending your vacation. All those magnificent photos you have seen are nothing compared to the reality which is unsurpassed here. The perfect shade of blue will make your worries disappear as you relax by the water. The well-known overwater bungalows will leave you speechless. You should definitely opt for exploring Mount Otemanu, and Matira beach which was awarded the Travellers Choice Award for 2016.

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First things first, you need to find the best solution for flying to Tahiti, which is booking a flight that will take you to Papeete. However, there is one additional way to reach and explore this island. I highly recommend Tahiti holiday packages that have some sort of cruising period, so you can explore multiple islands with no fuss and to see as much of this wonderful part of the world as possible. Why should you opt for Tahiti? Along with Bora Bora, this is the most prominent and famous island. That should come as no surprise if you only think about the picturesque sights it offers. Of course, you will have the time of your life sunbathing and swimming out there, but there are more things you should explore here. If you are interested in getting to know the native culture and heritage, you should visit the Museum of Tahiti and Her Islands. And if you want to taste the local cuisine, the best island for doing so is this one and Le Merche is the place to do so.

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This island is not far from Tahiti, so if you are considering going a cruise, be sure to book this place in your travelling agenda. However, in order to fully explore this island, it is advised to rent a car instead of visiting it on foot. You will save a lot of time and see other places too. Once you reach Mo’orea you will need to explore the temples which will leave you breathless. There are also two bays worth seeing – the Cooks and Opunohu bays, and you can go snorkelling or sunbathing there.

moorea French Polynesia


If you are looking for getting away from the melting pot of tourists, Huahine is the perfect place for you to unwind in peaceful surroundings. To reach it, you should fly to Papeete and take a 35 minute flight. Once you are at the airport, it will take you additional 15-minute car drive to the village of Fare where you can explore the archaeological sites and enjoy the extraordinary views.

Huahine French Polynesia

If you decided to visit French Polynesia you need to think about which islands you would like to visit and the means by how to access. To do so, consider booking a flight to French Polynesia and then opting for a cruise which will make you experience more out of the surroundings.

Author Bio: Roxana is a travel enthusiast and lifestyle consultant from Sydney and she loves to write about her adventures. She is all about the healthy lifestyle, loves to run with her husband and dogs and has fun cooking exotic meals for her family. Being a typical Aussie, she often hits the waves and loves beaches and sunshine! You can find out more about her writing and follow her on Twitter.

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