Travel to French Polynesia – Episode 736

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Travel to French Polynesia (Podcast) - Amateur Traveler

Hear about travel to French Polynesia as the Amateur Traveler talks to Caleb Sedam about his recent trip to the islands of Tahiti, Bora Bora, and Rangiroa.

Caleb says, “Imagine French Polynesia as the dream destination. When you think of someplace with palm trees and beautiful beaches and it’s idyllic, that’s French Polynesia every day of the year. French Polynesia a beautiful group of islands in the South Pacific. They’re known, obviously, for their beaches, their good weather, their beautiful blue waters, but French Polynesia also has many activities for people of all loves, all desires. They have everything from hiking. They have some great hiking in the South Pacific. They’re great for snorkelers, scuba divers. If you love the water they have a kitesurfing school. They have fishing, sunset cruises. No matter what you are looking for, French Polynesia has it somewhere on one of its islands.”

Caleb landed in Tahiti and spent a little time there before heading to Bora Bora and Rangiroa. On Tahiti, he recommends the central market and some of the tours into the island’s interior. 

Bora Bora is known for high-end honeymoon travel with its overwater bungalows, but there are more affordable accommodations as well. The island has a central island with Mount Pahia and Mount Otemanu which are the remains of an extinct volcano. The main island is surrounded but a series of motus which ring the island and create a lagoon in between the two.

You can still find some world war II history on Bora Bora which was a supply depot in that conflict. You can also find a diving and snorkeling tour or just enter the water off the beach from your resort. Bora Bora is known for its reef sharks and manta rays.

Rangiroa is quite different. First off it has a ring of motus, sandbars, and islets but no inner island. While 80 km in length and up to 32 km in width, the ring of land is only 300 to 500 meters wide. Rangiroa has only a population of a bit more than 2,500. It also has an active winery. It is known for its pearls. It offers one of the premier drift diving spots in the world at the Tiputa Pass.

Caleb introduces us to some of his favorite restaurants and activities on the islands. Find out why so many people have fallen in love with French Polynesia. 

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Show Notes

French Polynesia
Bora Bora
Le Marché Papeete
Tahiti Tours
Maitai Resort Bora Bora
World War II History in Bora Bora – 2021 Travel Recommendations | Tours, Trips & Tickets | Viator
Pearl Market
Kite Surf School Polynesie
Bloody Mary’s Yacht Club Bar
Two Countries for the Price of One – New Zealand and Tahiti | Air Tahiti Nui
Rangiroa Tours
Tiputa Pass
Pelagic fish
Vin de Tahiti
Blue Hole
Chez Lili
Cafe Rio


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