French Polynesia

French Polynesia Overview

French Polynesia is an overseas territory of France in the South Pacific Ocean. The territory is made up of more than 120 islands scattered over an area about the size of Western Europe. These islands consist of the Austral, Gambier, Marquesas, Society, and Tuamotu island groups. Papeete, on Tahiti (one of the Society Islands) is the capital of the territory.

From Tahiti’s tallest peak, Mount Orohena, a web of spidery hiking trails fan out across the undulating jungle, but nobody walks far on anything but sand.

The popular Bora Bora island entices visitors with a picture-perfect natural lagoon and a wide range of animal petting activities: shark feeding, manta ray tickling and whale and dolphin watching. More demanding scuba divers can go down to the coral gardens and deep blues of Rangiroa in the Tuamotu island group, due north of Tahiti.

CLIMATE

French Polynesia has typical South Pacific temperatures range between 20°C (68°F) and 30°C (86°F) through out the year. However, torrential rains lasting several days are not uncommon.

KNOW BEFORE YOU GO

CAPITAL: Papeete
POPULATION: 283,019
LANGUAGE: French, Polynesian
CURRENCY: CFP Franc
ELECTRIC CURRENT: 110/220V, 60Hz. To power any electrical item an international adapter or a two pin plug is required.
COUNTRY CODE: PF
COUNTRY DIALLING CODE: +689
TIME ZONE: GMT/UTC -10