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Where is French Polynesia?

Where is French Polynesia? It is a set of islands that is at the South of the Pacific Ocean and they’re close to France. It consists of around 118 islands that cover a total area of 7,000 square kilometers. The islands were inhabited much before Capitan Hook found the place in 1796. The place was annexed by the French during the 19th century. It is said that the islands are trying to get independence from France.

The biggest phosphate island in the Pacific Ocean is called Makatea, whereas the others are known as Nauru and Banaba in Kiribati. The climate of the place can be classified as moderate tropical. The temperature during the winter months, that last from May till October, gets to 26°C. And the weather averages at 29°C in the summer, which lasts from November till April.

The place experiences cyclonic storms in January. Now that you know where is French Polynesia, you should understand the terrain of the place which consists of different landscapes like valleys, waterfalls, rugged highlands, tall cliffs, and low islands with reefs. The highest point is the Mont Orohena which is 2,241m. The main regions of French Polynesia are the Austral Islands, Gambier Islands, Marquesas Islands, Society Islands, and the Tuamotu Islands. The main destinations are Clipperton Island, Papeete, and Rapa.

In order to get to the island, you can catch a flight and land at the Faa'a International Airport that is around 5 kms away from Papeete. The main airline of French Polynesia is Air Tahiti Nui. Other options include traveling by boat as there are several cruise ships that take vistors to French Polynesia throughout the year. For domestic flights, Air Tahiti offers different airpasses such as Austral Pass, Bora Bora Pass, Bora Tuamotu Pass, Discovery Pass, Lagons Pass, and the Marquesas Pass.

Some of the places to visit in French Polynesia are Arahurahu Marae, Aremiti Ferry, Bora Bora Lagoonarium, Gauguin's Pearl Farm, Harrison W Smith Botanical Gardens, Huahine Pearl Farm, Ile aux Recifs, La Maison de James Norman Hall, Le Lagon Bleu, Leopard Rays Trench, Magic Mountain, Marae at Taputaputaea, Matira Beach, Moorea Dolphin Center, Moorea Tropical Garden, Mount Otemanu, Musee de la Perle Robert WAN, Musée Gauguin, Museum of Tahiti and the Islands, Notre Dame Cathedral, Paofai Gardens, Papeete Municipal Market, Point Venus, Ta'ahiamanu Beach, Tahiti Lagoonarium, Temae Beach, Tereia Beach,The Water Gardens of Vaipahi, Tiki Village Cultural Centre, Toatea Lookout, Tomb of Pomare, and the Vallee de la Vanille. Now that you know the location and the places to visit in French Polynesia, do visit the beautiful islands.