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French Polynesia

Created by volcanoes and polished by the Pacific

French Polynesia’s islands are often described as ‘gems’. Well, Tahiti, Bora Bora, Moorea and Huahine are the Society Islands’ jewels. The Tuamotu Atolls are known as ‘Tahiti’s Strand of Pearls, and the ‘Mysterious Islands’ of the Marquesas are real treasures.

How strange that something as violent and disruptive as volcanic action can result in some of the most tranquil and beautiful destinations on Earth. Many of the 115 islands of French Polynesia were created by volcanoes – witness the towering peaks of the Society Islands – but today they offer pure white beaches, dense green rainforests, cascading waterfalls falling through rainbows into transparent pools, untouched wildlife…all surrounded by the warmly welcoming ocean.

Each of the three main archipelagos has its own character, so choose carefully when you’re planning your luxury, tailor-made holiday to the South Pacific. The Society Islands offer the impeccable beaches and ultimately luxurious resorts of Tahiti, Bora Bora, Moorea, Huahine, Raiatea, and Taha’a. The Tuamotu Atolls – often referred to as Tahiti’s Strand of Pearls – have islands featuring traditional thatched villas standing on stilts in placid, aquamarine lagoons. Step out of your lounge and into the sea.

And, of course, it is no mystery why the ‘Mysterious Islands’ of the Marquesas are so revered by collectors of far flung, deserted destinations. The beaches are impeccable, the ocean adds another spectrum of blues to those of the sky and the palms whisper to the rhythm of light sea breezes.

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