French Polynesia Brief Information

French Polynesia Brief Information

Holidays in French Polynesia are the dream of exclusive travel lovers who have already seen a lot and are looking for new experiences. Snow-white beaches washed by the bright blue water of the Pacific Ocean, a unique underwater world and numerous endemic plants, the world-famous islands of Bora Bora, the unique culture and history of the Polynesian inhabitants, pearl and turtle farms – this is just a small part of what attracts tourists from all over the world to French Polynesia.

Densely populated islands that coexist with untouched pieces of land (Rayatea and Thaaa islands), elite vacations in luxury hotels and cozy water bungalows just for two, diving with sharks and walks in a space suit on the ocean floor, spicy Tahitian cuisine and soul-stirring melodies – perhaps these are not priceless moments in life and in leisure? And if we add to this solid discounts for early bookings and favorable prices for honeymooners, flights from Moscow and other regions with the possibility of combining a tour with the most popular countries (Japan: Tokyo, USA: Los Angeles, New Zealand: Auckland), then there is no without any doubts.

  • Currency: French Pacific Franc
  • Language: French, Polynesian
  • Capital: Papeete

French Polynesia (The first word from the name denotes belonging to France. The second word comes from the Pacific region of Polynesia, half of which it occupies. The name “Polynesia” comes from the Greek words: πολύς many, νῆσος island).

  • Total area: 4167 km²
  • Capital: the city of Papeete on the island of Tahiti (the largest island in French Polynesia, 1 thousand km²).
  • Official language: French, Polynesian.
  • Currency: Pacific franc (XPF).


  1. The Society Islands are of volcanic origin and are divided into two groups: Windward (islands of Moorea, Tahiti and Tetiaroa) and Leeward (islands of Bora Bora, Raiatea, Tahaa, Tupai, Huahine). Most of the inhabitants of French Polynesia live here.
  2. The Tuamotu Islands are located 300 km east of Tahiti and are formed by coral atolls. The main city is Rotoava, on the large islands there are pandanus and banyan trees, on the small ones only shrubs.


About 55% of the population of the islands are Protestants, 30% are Catholics, about 6% are Mormons, up to 2% of the inhabitants identify themselves as Adventists, 2% are Buddhists and adherents of Confucianism.

State structure

Managed by the French High Commissioner. The local authorities are the Council of Ministers and the Territorial Assembly.


The climate in most of French Polynesia is tropical, trade winds, but in the Marquesas Islands it is subequatorial, and in the Tubuai islands the climate is subtropical humid.

The wettest and hottest season is from November to May, air temperature is 27-32°C, high humidity, at this time precipitation falls up to 1700 mm (75% of the annual norm), mainly in the form of powerful, but short-term evening showers, or prolonged drizzling rains lasting up to several days.

Dry and cooler season – from June to October, air temperature 22-27 °C. The lowest temperature falls in July-August (in the south – up to 18-21 ° C).

Holidays and weekends

  • January 1 New Year
  • 5 March Missionary’s Day (commemorates the arrival of the Anglican missionaries in 1797)
  • movable date in March-April – Good Friday
  • movable date in March-April – Clean Monday
  • May 1 Labor Day
  • movable date in May Ascension
  • movable date in May-June Spirits Monday
  • July 14 is Bastille Day, a national holiday throughout France
  • August 15 Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary
  • September 8 Day of internal autonomy
  • November 1 All Saints Day
  • November 11 Armistice Day (1918)
  • December 25 Christmas 19


Tetiaroa is an atoll, one of the Windward Islands of the Society Islands archipelago in the Pacific Ocean, located 59 km north of Papeete, the capital of French Polynesia (Tahiti).


Moorea or Moorea (fr. Moorea) (Polynese. Yellow lizard) is one of the windward islands of the Society Islands archipelago in French Polynesia in the Pacific Ocean, located 17 km northwest of Tahiti.

Moorea is an island of volcanic origin and has a triangular shape, with two large bays (Opunohu and Cook Bay) on the northern side and one small one (Vaiare) on the eastern side. The area of ​​the island is 133.50 km².

French Polynesia Brief Information


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