Destination Information for French Polynesia
French Polynesia is an overseas territory of France in the South Pacific Ocean halfway between California and Australia, which includes over 100 islands and stretches over 2,000km. The collectivity is divided into 5 archipelagos and is often referred to as the Islands of Tahiti. Many of the islands are uninhabited and the landmass of the country as a whole is only 1,600 square miles.
The most inhabited island group of French Polynesia are the Society Islands, towards the west of the country, which is made up of high tropical islands surrounded by lagoons and coral reef. Tahiti island hosts the capital, Papeete, which has a reasonable public transport system and a number of tourist-friendly attractions, including resorts and hotels.
For travellers looking for a tranquil and idyllic getaway, with beaches and beauty aplenty, French Polynesia is ideal. There’s plenty of colonial history to explore, as the country has a dramatic past with political changes. The climate here is tropical, with cyclones occurring at certain times of year. Summer, and the best time to visit for most tourists, is November to April. If you’re hunting for the perfect souvenir or gift to take home, French Polynesia is home to the oyster Pinctada Margaritifera, creator of the rare Black Pearl, which makes for an exquisite piece of jewellery.
Malaria and regions within country:
Malaria is not normally present in French Polynesia.
There is no British embassy in French Polynesia. Please contact the FCO for advice.