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    • Capital: Pape'ete
    • Climate: Tropical
    • Currency: XPF - CFP Franc
    • Dialing Code: 689
    • Drives on: Right
    • Emergency (Ambulance) #: 15
    • Emergency (Fire) #: 18
    • Emergency (Police) #: 17
    • Internet Top Level Domain: .pf
    • Land Mass (km2): 4167
    • Official Language(s): French
    • Plug Configuration: C
    • Population (est): 277,293
    • Time Zone (of capital): THAT (UTC/GMT -10 hours) NO DST
    • Plug Configuration C

    French Polynesia

    Major Tourist Attractions: Robert Wan Pearl Museum, Musee de Tahiti et des Iles, Pape'ete Tahiti Temple, Botanical Gardens

    Made up of more than 100 islands, French Polynesia attracts honeymooners, divers and travelers looking to get away from it all.

    Tahiti and her 117 sister islands comprise what is known as French Polynesia. French Polynesia covers a massive two million square miles in the South Pacific, an area about the size of Western Europe.

    French Polynesia is divided into five archipelagos: The Society Islands, which includes the Leeward Islands and Windward Islands, the Tuamotu Archipelago, the Gambier Islands, the Marquesas, and the Austral Islands. Some islands have jagged mountainous peaks, while others are flat atolls barely floating atop the sea.

    Honeymooners, divers, and travelers looking to get away from it all flock to French Polynesia. The islands are also full of history and rich cultural traditions. Explore important marae, or sacred spots that served religious purposes in Polynesian culture. Visit the beach on which Captain James Cook landed or explore the Gauguin museum and grounds to see some of the last works of artist Paul Gauguin.

    Tahitian black pearls are one of the best souvenirs to purchase in French Polynesia, but be sure to do your research. Pearls are rated and priced accordingly. Only buy certified pearls as some are imitation or inferior grade. You can visit the Pearl Museum in Tahiti to learn more before making a purchase.

    French Polynesia enjoys a moderate tropical climate with the summer falling between November and April. Tahiti is located in a remote area of the South Pacific, served by flights coming in from destinations like Los Angeles, Tokyo, and New Zealand. The other way to visit French Polynesia is on a cruise that either originates in Tahiti or combines itineraries with stops in Hawaii or other South Pacific regions. Within French Polynesia, Air Tahiti offers domestic flights between a number of islands, but they can be pricey.

    In French Polynesia, you can:

    • Stay in an over-the-water bungalow in Bora Bora
    • Explore ancient marae on Huahine
    • Scuba dive some of the most beautiful islands and atolls
    • Visit a Tahitian pearl farm
    • Eat suckling pig cooked in a Tahitian earth oven
    • Get an authentic tribal tattoo from one of Tahiti’s noted tattoo artists
    • Try local specialties like Poisson Cru, Tahitian style ceviche
    • Enjoy a romantic Polynesia spa experience
    • Marvel at Paul Gauguin masterpieces in Tahiti
    • Learn how to surf on Tahiti
    • Visit Point Venus, the spot where Captain Cook arrived
    • Drive by the Blowhole of Arahoho on Tahiti
    • Explore the Lava Tubes of Hitiaa

    Embassy Contact

    Address: 158 Princes Rd,
    Suva, Fiji
    Phone: 679-331-4466 or 772-8049

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