Approximately 120 islands in the heart of the South Pacific make up French Polynesia, all differing in terrain. The Society islands are mountainous, with jagged peaks and blue lagoons, while The Tuamotu Archipelago is a chain of coral atolls perfect for diving and spotting black pearls.
The islands of French Polynesia combine an enticing mix of dramatic volcanic scenery, crystal clear waters just begging to be explored by snorkellers or divers and impeccable beaches. They are understandably high on most beach-lovers wish lists, offering up the tropical paradise that many people will only dream of. The remoteness of the location means a journey here is not for the faint hearted - from the UK it takes almost an entire day to get here, most easily accessed from Los Angeles. However, for an ultimate beach escape, a real splash-out honeymoon or special birthday celebration, islands and beaches don't come much more idyllic than this.
There are approximately 120 islands divided into five archipelagos, all of which differ in terrain and allure, from the more famous islands such as Bora Bora and Tahiti to the more remote such as Rurutu. The islands lend themselves perfectly to island-hopping, the ideal way to get the most out of your time here. The most strikingly beautiful are the Society Islands, mountainous islands with ancient volcanoes that have eroded into jagged peaks over the years, and surrounded by glorious blue lagoons. The Tuamotu Archipelago is an enormous chain of low-lying coral atolls, enclosing crystal clear lagoons - a fantastic area for diving and visiting the renowned black pearl farms.