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Welcome to Polynesia
Do you feel it ?
: it will be made with a boeing 747, Airbus A340 or DC10. The flight from Paris
to Papeete (Tahiti) lasts 20 hours, but you've to add the stopover in a foreign country, where you'll have to show your passport.
Language : two official languages: French and Tahitian (especially spoken in the islands). Spanish is spoken only in Easter Island.
: the local currency is the Pacific Franc (CFP= Compagnie Francaise du Franc).
Time difference : Polynesian time is GMT-10.
: cooled from the Pacific trade winds, climate is sunny and agreeable. We can distinuish two seasons:
And here's some weather infos :
average of the daily maximum temperatures in °C (see the temperatures in the world )
Clothing advices :
within all Polynesia, the only dress code is to feel comfortable.
Remember also to bring a pair of flippers, a diving mask and a snorkel if your hotel doesn't doesn't provide you. If you never tried to dive without briething apparatus, it's the right moment to start. The temperature and the clearness of the water will convince also the most recalcitrants. If you are a little bit scared by the water, try this little trick.
Cooking : fish has pride of place : tuna, bonito. Don't forget to try lobsters or grilled crayfshes...exotic fruits are tasty. If you're lucky ad you're in a good boarding house with meals included, you'll surely taste local food, which is a real delight. Fish each meal, raw, cooked, in all the sauces. A real treat not to eat with moderation..
The classic norms of the hotel industry are surely respected. But in Polynesia,
each hotel has its own personality and its typical charm.
A really nice way to discover Polynesia and especially its population. The welcome is really warm. Besides the dwelling, they often propose the meal service. And you absolutely have to try the real specialities. For example, to Glorine's in Rangiroa, we had the right to have some different fishes each day, all really tasty. After that, i've a different view of the fish. And it's rare you can find so good fishes in France.
To recall Polynesia you need more than some simple words.
Some maritime transport company propose you to go through Polynesia by their ships. The advantage is to slowly and deeply the splendours of the islands.The disadvantage is the slowness of the trips (if this can be a disadvantage).
The Polynesian maritime transport company (C.P.T.M.) proposes to you a trip to Marquesas passing by Fakarava and Takapoto (Tuamotu atolls). Like this, you could visit most of Marquesas and Tuamoto Islands taking your time.
Clicking on a island you'll arrive directly there.
Quick links :Bora Bora, Huahine, Moorea, Tahiti, Rangiroa (Tuamotu islands), Aratika (Tuamotu islands), kauehi (Tuamotu islands), Nuku Hiva (Marquesas, French Polynesia), Hiva Oa(Marquesas, French Polynesia), Mangareva (Gambier islands, French Polynesia)