The South Pacific has some of the most beautiful beaches, waters and sunsets you will ever see in your life. When European explorers first reached the Polynesian Islands, they were amazed to have actually found paradise on earth. They shared with the people of Europe one of the best-kept secrets in all of this world. If you’re the type of person who loves pristine beaches, clear turquoise waters and lush green mountains, this is the place for you. If you thought you knew everything about this slice of heaven, you are in for a surprise. The South Pacific is not only Tahiti and Bora Bora, there are tons of other islands that are as beautiful but less touristy. They will amaze you and make all your family and friends jealous. Here are some of the best French Polynesian islands to discover this incredible part of the world.

1Bora Bora

Known as the Pearl of the Pacific, Bora Bora is one of the most breathtaking places on this planet. It is, of course, known as one of the top destinations for honeymooners who wish to find some peace and quiet to relax and enjoy time alone. Even though this island isn’t party central, there are tons of activities for those who wish to move a bit during their stay: diving, lagoon tours, hiking, parasailing and snorkelling. With an average high of 29 °C, the warm wind, the numerous islets, lagoons and white sand beaches will completely transport you. The St Regis and Four Seasons hotels are highly recommended but, of course, if you want to stay somewhere more affordable, there are tons of other options available to you.


Land of the hibiscus flower, virgin black sand beaches, and blue lagoons, Tahiti has an incredible energy that shines through the whole island. Its idyllic setting and atmosphere will leave you feeling total happiness during your stay. The capital, Pape’ete, is buzzing with life and brings together the numerous cultures of the Polynesian region. If you’re looking to enjoy some more sporty activities, 4WD tours around the island are available as well as whale-watching, boat tours, scuba diving, etc. If it’s possible, try to book your stay in July to experience Heiva, Tahiti’s most famous festival. This one-month celebration showcases the best of the country’s culture, past and heritage. You’ll get to experience something that is totally unique to this incredible region.


Rangiroa might not be as popular as romantic Bora Bora or joyous Tahiti but it is well worth the trip. It is one of the biggest atolls (a ring-shaped coral reef encircling a lagoon) in the world which makes it geographically incredible and an incredible site for divers (do be warned though that there aren’t many beaches here). You might think that this island doesn’t have much to offer since you probably never heard of it but this is absolutely false. The island has a vibrant city center since most locals consider this island as a big city, it has paved roads, a few overwater bungalow resorts right on the water and excellent dining. Whether you plan to stay there a whole week or just stay here for a few nights while you island hop around the Polynesian islands, you’ll definitely enjoy the magnificent views and if you’re a big fan of diving, your heart will be absolutely filled.