Holidays to French Polynesia: An Overview

It doesn't get much more remote than diving in French Polynesia, but if there's any truth to the maxim that the harder the journey the better the arrival, this place is nigh on unbeatable

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Why we think you’ll love it

  • The Tiputa Pass in Rangiroa is one of our favourite dive sites of all time.
  • Sharks, sharks and more sharks. If you like them, come here now.
  • The whitest of beaches and bluest of seas make this a real picture-postcard destination.

Luxury Diving Holidays in French Polynesia: The Detail

French Polynesia is a scattered archipelago of volcanic islands and atolls strewn across the South Pacific. For centuries, these beautiful islands have represented the epitome of the tropical island paradise to the European consciousness, and have lured and inspired visitors from Gauguin to 21st-century holiday-makers.

Pape'ete, capital of Tahiti, is not necessarily the best advertisement for an island chain that stretches across some million square miles of ocean, but beyond the city Tahiti itself has a lot of charm.

The real stars of the show, however, are the other picture perfect islands and motus (islets) twinkling in the turquoise waters. These island chains are divided into the Society Islands, the Tuamotus, the Marquesas, the Australs and the Gambier Archipelago, and they are home to some of the planet's very finest hotels and we have selected the very best for you to choose from.

And then there is the diving in French Polynesia. Perhaps the biggest draw (there is much, much more) is shark encounters and these can be plentiful and exciting. Add to these pristine hard coral reefs and you can see why people are willing to make the epic journey to get here for the diving.

Each of the different island groups that make up French Polynesia offer something different for divers and non-divers alike and if you have the time you should try and squeeze in diving in two, if not more, of the island groups if you can.

Top picks for French Polynesia

Le Taha'a aerial view

Le Taha'a Island Resort

French Polynesia

The hideaway of Le Taha’a Island Resort is located on the secluded Motu Tautau islet, with views of both the island of Taha'a and the majestic silhouette of Bora Bora.

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Mt Otemanu, Bora Bora

Bora Bora

French Polynesia

Crystalline turquoise waters, pure white sand, swaying palms, cobalt blue sky… add to all this the colourful and exotic culture of the Polynesians, plus a twist of French, and you have something truly special.

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Sunset over the Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora

Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora

French Polynesia

Located on the small South Pacific island of Bora Bora and surrounded by sand-fringed islets, you will find the tropical wonderland of the Four Seasons Bora Bora. Its beautiful lagoon, teeming with marine life, is truly bucket list-worthy and right on the resort’s doorstep.

Where to stay

The Brando

The Brando

French Polynesia

The owners of the Brando had lofty ambitions for this stunning resort in French Polynesia, pitching the property directly against the likes of North Island and Laucala, arguably the two most luxurious island retreats in the world.

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Tikehau Pearl Beach Resort


Just a 15-minute boat ride away from the airport is the small private motu that is home to the luxurious Tikehau Pearl Beach Resort.

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Rangiroa Atoll


French Polynesia

Rangiroa, at the heart of the Tuamoto archipelago, is the second largest atoll in the world. Only an hour's flight away from Tahiti, it is home to some world-class diving.

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