It’s one of the most exclusive, sought-after and mystical destinations on the planet. Spread over five million square kilometres, French Polynesia is the size of Europe and is comprised of 118 islands across five archipelagos – the Society Islands, Tuamotu Atolls, Marquesas Islands, Gambier Islands and Austral Islands. The Society Islands – headlined by Tahiti, Moorea and Bora Bora – are the chief draws and comprise most of the popular holiday attractions.
Sydney journalist Michael Gebicki once wrote that French Polynesia is "the erogenous zone of the world" and many would agree, especially the thousands who honeymoon in Bora Bora.
The heady combination of French savoir faire and Pacific islander hospitality creates an intoxicating mix of experiences to accompany the spectacular panorama. Think turquoise lagoons, deserted palm-fringed atolls, unique and linger-worthy fusion dining, authentic island cultural experiences and picture-postcard sights such as waterfalls tumbling from green mountains, coral gardens and colourful fish. And of course, the genetically blessed locals.
Visualise a peaceful island paradise and French Polynesia's iconic overwater bungalows are likely to come to mind – they were after all invented here. But while this is a romantic Nirvana, it is also an interactive family destination. Kid's clubs and child-minding facilities are few and far between, so you can revel in your togetherness and build beautiful lifelong memories.