The 7 Best Things to Do When Visiting French Polynesia with the Family

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As one of the Pacific’s most popular tourist destinations and one of the most beautiful places in the world, French Polynesia is the ultimate tropical escape.

Consisting of 118 islands and atolls, French Polynesia has some of the most amazing beaches and diving spots on the planet.

From gorgeous black sand beaches and turquoise lagoons to rugged backcountry mountains and towering waterfalls, this place really has it all.

Home to gorgeous islands like Tahiti and Bora Bora, French Polynesia is all about sparkling turquoise waters and pristine beaches.

From the second you will step foot off the plane, you will be left speechless by its natural beauty.

So, if you are planning a luxurious island escape this year and need some inspiration, check out this list of our favorite things to do while visiting French Polynesia with your family.

  1. Visit a Pearl Farm

Exotic black pearls, more commonly known as Tahitian pearls, have become some of the most sought-after, expensive pearls in the world. So, take advantage of this opportunity and arrange a visit to one of the many Pearl farms in the French Polynesia.

Besides spending the day in a breathtaking location, you will also be able to go through the day-to-day operations and admire their latest selections of pearls and jewelry.

If you find yourself on the Tahiti island, you can also stop by at the Robert Wan Pearl Museum for a look at its gorgeous collection of Tahitian cultured pearls. And don’t forget to purchase a few gifts for parents and souvenirs to bring back home to your loved ones.

  1. Go Diving and Snorkeling

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French Polynesia has some of the most amazing diving spots on the planet and is home to a variety of species of sharks and rays. Immerse yourself in the vibrant marine life that surrounds the islands and explore the coral reef of the deep blue water lagoons.

You can take on a full-day family adventure including a boat tour of the lagoons, snorkeling, a beach picnic and swimming with sharks. Or, you can have a memorable day of just diving and snorkeling, enjoying the company of exquisite stingrays and tropical fish while admiring the beautiful technicolor coral. 

  1. Bathe in Serene Waterfalls 

If you are feeling adventurous on your vacation, you can take on a full day family excursion on Tahiti Island which will take you through Papenoo Valley, including Topatari Falls, Vaiharuru Falls, and Puraha Falls.

But if you are looking for a more relaxed day, you can take a short hike to the Faarumai Waterfalls instead. This is a perfect place for spending quality time with your family while enjoy the three gorgeous cascades and taking a relaxing dip in the refreshing water. 

  1. Hike Up a Dormant Volcano

If you love hiking as a family, then this one is for you.  Many people say that a trip to French Polynesia isn’t complete without a visit to the top of Mount Otemanu, a remnant of an ancient volcano.

The mountain rises up more than 2,400 feet from the surface of a gorgeous turquoise lagoon, so you know that the peak will provide the most stunning panoramic views you can imagine. But if hiking is not your thing, there are many companies that offer 4×4 tours so you can enjoy the mountain’s beauty from just about any corner of the Bora Bora Island.

  1. Take a Boat Tour

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With islands such as Bora Bora, Tahiti, Rangiroa, Raiatea and Tahaa, the extraordinary Polynesian archipelago is a real paradise for travelers who want to discover its spectacular beauty on a cruise yacht or on a catamaran.

Besides spending the day enjoying water sports, kayaking, swimming or snorkeling, your tour may also take you to places like the ancient temple of Taputapuatea or the spectacular waterfalls like Topatari Falls or Vaiharuru Falls. It’s all up to you and your family, so personalize your tour according to what you enjoy doing together.  

  1. Go on a Nature & Wildlife Tour

Venture beyond your resort on a full-day tour of one of the beautiful French Polynesian islands. Choose from a variety of tours out there that promise to take you to the island’s most scenic highlights and help you discover its best hidden spots.

Depending on what you choose, you can also get access to private beaches, local waterfalls, mountains and other attractions off the beaten path. Besides giving you a chance to bond with your family, it’s a great way to explore the historical, scenic and cultural highlights of the French Polynesian islands in a comfortable, convenient way.

  1. Visit a Village Cultural Centre

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The islands of French Polynesia are home to a culturally rich group of people, a cosmopolitan blend of Polynesian heritage and French culture. While the influence of the French culture is undeniable, the people you will meet at the Cultural Centre still take great pride in their ancient Polynesian heritage and they are happy to share it with anyone interested in it.

As tempting as spending another day at the beach may sound, if you want something more culturally focused, take your family and visit one of these centers. There, visitors can experience the traditions and lifestyle of an old village through demonstrations of stone carving, weaving and painting. Plus, you can enjoy watching the traditional dances performed by locals.

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