Located halfway between California and Australia, French Polynesia comprises 118 small islands and atolls and more than a thousand miles of azure ocean. Dominated by stretches of white, pink and black-sand beaches, tranquil lagoons and pineapple and vanilla plantations, a holiday to this luxurious tropical region with The Pravasi leaves guests concluding that they have landed in paradise.
The leading ladies here are undoubtedly The Society Islands which include Tahiti, Moorea and Bora Bora, and as each island comes with its own customs, traditions and distinctive mana – believed by Polynesians to be an overriding positive energy – it’s nigh on impossible to pick a favourite.
Tahiti offers cascading waterfalls, amazing archaeological sites and fascinating rock formations. A 50-minute flight west, Bora Bora is the queen of seduction, exquisite accommodation and magenta sunsets. Exploring Mount Pahia and Mount Otemanu on guided hikes or a jeep safari tour are the more energetic activities on offer when you’re not black pearl diving, fishing, jet skiing or feeding sharks and rays.
Surrounded by a bright blue lagoon, Moorea is likely to be one of the most naturally beautiful islands you’ve never heard of. A dream for snorkelling enthusiasts, Lagoonarium de Moorea is a protected area where you’ll find vibrant coral reefs. Elsewhere, guests can try kayaking, whale or dolphin watching, or trekking through lush hillsides.
As the sun sets, the relaxed atmosphere gives way to romance. Top off a perfect day with a glass of something fun in your overwater villa, followed by dining on delicious French crêpes served alongside Tahitian poisson cru (raw fish) under a night sky filled with South Pacific stars.