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French Polynesia Vacations
Vacations in the Many Islands of French Polynesia
The islands of French Polynesia are a selection of volcanic islands and atolls strewn across the eastern South Pacific. Travelers take French Polynesia vacations in order to partake in the luxury offered by the many vacation resorts and to take advantage of the dynamic activities made available by the hardy waters.
Visiting these islands is a unique experience as, for more than 200 years. The island of Tahiti, which is French Polynesia’s biggest island, has been the picture of the perfect tropical-paradise. Part of the lure of a French Polynesia vacation is not only due to the world-famous hospitable Polynesian people, but travelers also choose French Polynesia vacations for the rich nightlife offered by the open-air, beach-front bars.
Whether you’re headed out on a French Polynesia vacation to practice your French or French kissing, here is a brief overview of what you can expect from your tropical vacation:
By Land or By Sea
French Polynesia not only has a wide host of natural splendors that travelers can indulge themselves in, but the natives are also quite the draw. Travelers on a typical French Polynesian vacation are likely to happen across one of the numerous festivals and celebrations that mark the island’s charm. Those festivals include the popular Miss Tahiti and Miss ‘Heiva i Tahiti’ contest, which takes place during the month of June and July.
If cultural activities give way for the need to create some memories of your own, then hit the waters for an afternoon of surfing. The waves around the French Polynesian islands, while not daringly high, offer a fast ride for the beginner to intermediate surfer. Other water sports are also popular, including sailing, Scuba diving, snorkeling and, of course, swimming. Or, just stay beach-side to watch the annual Hawaiki Nui canoe race, which is a three-day event that covers 116km and four islands. The race is held in early November and involves about 360 natives of all levels.
It’s in the Tropics: Pack Accordingly
When planning a vacation in the French Polynesian Islands, its is good to be familiar with the weather conditions and patterns to make sure that there is not interference with planned activities. You should be aware that the French Polynesian Islands are located in the tropical zone of the southern hemisphere, making the climate an almost year-one tropical one. Also, being south of the equator, the seasons are opposite of those in the United States. Thus, it is warm in the winter and cool in the summer.
Catch Up On Your Parler-Vous
The official language of French Polynesia is none other than French, although many native also speak Tahitian or a combination of the two languages. Tahitian is generally considered to be an easy language to speak, and, although it may help to learn some of the local words, there are many on the islands who also speak English, due to the booming tourism industry. The French Polynesian islands are also located in an area that is surrounded by English. Therefore, you may want to catch up on your French skills so you can blend in with the natives, but rest comfortably if English is your only language.