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Home to 15 archipelagos and thousands of islands, French Polynesia is the definition of island paradise. World renowned as the honeymoon destination, French Polynesia is slowly opening up to independent and budget travel. Right now this beauty still comes at a price, compared to other backpacking countries, but that price can be worth the stunning beauty French Polynesia offers.

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Quick Facts

  • Located in the South Pacific
  • Currency is the French Pacific Francs (XPF)
  • Capital city is Papeete
  • Official language is French but Tahitian is the natural language
  • Legal drinking age is 18
  • Age to legally buy tobacco 18
  • Electrical plug type A and B, which is two flat pins in a vertical alignment
  • 220 Volt AC outlets at 50 Hz
  • Driving is on the right side of the road
  • Tahiti's time zone is UTC -10:00

At a Glance

French Polynesia

In a Sentence

French Polynesia

Everywhere in French Polynesia is beautiful. But it takes money to experience the best that the islands have to offer.

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French Polynesia
Backpacking Fakarava on a Budget

Backpacking Fakarava on a Budget

Backpacking Fakarava is relatively new and that newness has kept this hidden slice of paradise off the main tourist radar, for now.
Backpacking the Tuamotu Islands on a Budget

Backpacking the Tuamotu Islands on a Budget

Backpacking the Tuamotu Islands in French Polynesia is a relatively new thing. The main tourist visiting this atoll style archipelago are dive enthusiasts.
Backpacking the Society Islands on a Budget

Backpacking the Society Islands on a Budget

The Society Islands are a true island paradise. Home to some of the world's most luxurious resorts, these islands are slowly accommodating budget travel.
Backpacking Bora Bora on a Budget

Backpacking Bora Bora on a Budget

True beauty and paradise, Bora Bora is know worldwide as the luxury destination but backpacking Bora Bora, on a budget, is now becoming possible.
Air Tahiti Multi Island Flight Pass

Air Tahiti Multi Island Flight Pass

Flying is the easiest way to experience French Polynesia. With the Air Tahiti Multi Island flight pass you can visit various islands for a discounted price.
Hiking Mount Teurafaatiu

Hiking Mount Teurafaatiu

This breathtaking hike up Mount Teurafaatiu on the tiny island of Maupiti offers some of the best views, hands down, in the whole South Pacific.
Taking Cargo Boats around French Polynesia

Taking Cargo Boats around French Polynesia

So you want to take Cargo Boats around French Polynesia? Cargo boat travel is possible but it is slightly difficult. Fortunately this post covers a few tricks I learned when backpacking around French Polynesia.
Getting Robbed in French Polynesia

Getting Robbed in French Polynesia

Getting robbed while traveling is something that happens more frequent than not but I was not expecting it the night it happened in French Polynesia.
Hotel Kia Ora Resort

Hotel Kia Ora Resort

Our time at the Hotel Kia Ora Resort, on Raingiroa, was two days of pure relaxing bliss. This was the highlight of my two month French Polynesia Adventure.
My French Polynesia Adventure Part 2 - The Tuamotu Islands

My French Polynesia Adventure Part 2 – The Tuamotu Islands

The Tuamotu Islands are a collection of long, flat atolls, which are mostly barren and surround by a harsh ocean reef. Known mostly for fantastic diving.
My French Polynesia Adventure Part 1 - The Society Islands

My French Polynesia Adventure Part 1 – The Society Islands

Home to honeymooners and luxury, I tried to explore the Society Islands on a backpackers budget, making this my first stop in French Polynesia.
Spending two months in French Polynesia

Spending two months in French Polynesia

As travel time goes one month in a country is a long time, so spending two months in French Polynesia, an expensive island destination,...
Downside to My French Polynesia Backpacking Adventure

Downside to My French Polynesia Backpacking Adventure

French Polynesia is the most exclusive, expensive and beautiful place I have ever been in the world. This area basically coined the term over water bungalows but my French Polynesia backpacking adventure was not all beauty.

Best Time to Visit

French Polynesia

The weather depends on what archipelago you plan to visit but for the most part anytime from May to October should be perfect.

Must See & Do

French Polynesia
  • Visit Fakarava.
  • Hike Mt. Teurafaatiu (Maupiti Island).
  • Snorkel or scuba dive anywhere.

Travel Tips

French Polynesia

If you are on a backpacking budget 3-4 days per island is plenty of time. Don't try to oversee. It is okay to only visit a couple of islands.

Visuals

French Polynesia