French Polynesia is the name given to a large number of islands and atolls, widely spread across the Pacific Ocean, to the north-east of Australia. Visitors looking to spend their holidays in French Polynesia will find that the majority of the self catering holiday rental accommodation can be found on the largest and best known island, Tahiti. Here there are apartments within the islands’ capital, Papeete, as well as more rustic beach huts and log cabins set within the more rural parts of the islands.
Visitors lucky enough to spend their holidays in French Polynesia will have chosen these island paradises as a destination for a relaxing, get-away-from-it-all type of holiday. The islands’ numerous palm-fringed sandy beaches are the perfect spot to top up the tan under the warm South Pacific sun. The beaches are also perfect for water sports activities, such as surfing, jet-skiing and water-skiing, whilst the vast array of exotic marine life is just waiting to be discovered by scuba diving enthusiasts. Being an island nation, boats and ferries are a necessity and make island-hopping a pleasurable and exciting experience.
The majority of the islands’ tourist amenities and facilities can be found within Papeete, on Tahiti. As well as a wonderful selection of shops, boutiques and restaurants, which are mainly to be found along the waterfront esplanade, the town boasts such attractions as Bougainville Park. This extensive protected parkland area is named after the first French explorer to travel right across the globe, Louis Antoine de Bougainville. Other attractions of interest to tourists enjoying their holidays in French Polynesia include the Cathedral of Notre Dame of Papeete, the Residential Palace and the Monument to Pouvanaa a Oopa, a decorated World War I Tahitian hero.
It is important for visitors looking to spend their holidays in French Polynesia to be aware that the islands have a tropical monsoon type of climate, with a discernible wet and dry season. The dry season lasts from July to September, whilst in the wet season the islands receive an average rainfall of over 10 inches per month. Temperatures generally remain at a constant 22 to 30 degrees Celsius throughout the year.
Travellers looking to spend their holidays in French Polynesia will start their journey by flying from London Heathrow (LHR), Manchester (MAN), Birmingham (BHX), East Midlands (EMA) or Leeds-Bradford (LBA) to Paris-Charles de Gaulle Airport (CDG). These flights are operated on a regular basis by several airlines, including British Airways, Air France and BMI Baby. They will then fly from Paris direct to Tahiti-Faa’a International Airport (PPT), with Air Tahiti.