At the antipodes of the Western world, in the Pacific Ocean, French Polynesia is a paradise sought by travelers everywhere. A heaven on earth where such illustrious personalities as Herman Melville, Stevenson or Gauguin came and lost themselves, all of them enchanted by the magnificence of the five archipelagos.
Whether it's Bora Bora, Tahiti or Moorea, a trip to French Polynesia is unforgettable. The shades of blue are hypnotic and the sharp volcanic landforms enchanting. The heady vegetative luxuriance commands respect, contrasting with the beaches draped in coconut palms. No words can describe the feeling of eternity and immensity that you feel as you walk on the soil of one of the 118 islands of French Polynesia. Your gaze is easily lost in the horizon. A grandeur that, as much as it tries to tempt you to relax and unwind, is also uncovered by getting to know the culture and way of life, which are as refined as they are emblematic. Put on your flip flops and set off to discover the Polynesian arts and folklore that continue to resonate, like the tattooing, the 'upa'upa dance and songs such as the fakanau. Taking part in the famous Heiva festival will give you a flavor of that culture in all its vivacity. But a trip to French Polynesia wouldn't be complete without taking full advantage of its fauna and flora, its world-renowned natural resources like the seabeds that are so popular with divers. Just grab yourself a mask and snorkel and you'll be ready to go off and meet the graceful manta rays and moray eels. When you visit the Leeward islands, how about lacing up your sneakers and hiking along some of its heavenly paths, maybe discovering an idyllic waterfall hidden among a tangle of ferns. Finish up by trying your hand at the most beautiful sport there could be in this garden of Eden: surfing. Novices will head for the beach breaks, while experienced surfers who are used to riding the tubes will seek the reef breaks for ultimate excitement!Read more