French Polynesia: tour guide, traveling in the 5 archipelagos

french polynesia map
french polynesia map

French Polynesia travel, things to know before leaving for a vacation, documents required, when to go there.

French Polynesia in brief

  • Capital: Papeete (Tahiti Island)
  • Surface area in square kilometers: 4.167
  • Population: 262.752
  • Religion: 50% Protestant and 35% Catholic and the remainder consists of Mormons, Adventists, Buddhists and other religions.

Where is the French Polynesia

French Polynesia, overseas collectivity of France, consists of 118 islands divided into five archipelagos, located in a huge air of the Pacific Ocean south east, in an area between the equator and the Tropic of Capricorn. These islands are of volcanic origin and then mountainous or flat reef of nature, are so divided: Austral Islands, Society Islands (Windward Islands and Leeward Islands), Tuamotu Archipelago, Gambier Archipelago, Marquesas Islands. In the Archipelago of the Company are the best known islands of Tahiti and Bora Bora, as well as Moorea, Maiao, Mehetia, Maupiti, Raiatea, Tupuai and the group of Huahine.

Climate French Polynesia

The islands of French Polynesia, located in latitude as the intertropical band, have a tropical climate, with a rainy season in the austral summer. The annual average temperature is approx 27 ° C and that of water is ca. 26 ° C. The islands of the Austral and Gambier islands, are located to the south and they have a cooler climate, compared to the islands closest to the equator. From December to March is the rainy season, while the months from April to November are the dry season.


The population consists mostly of Polynesian and minorities of Chinese and European.

Time Zone

UTC/GMT-9h – UTC/GMT-10h


The official languages ​​are French and Tahitian.


The economy Polynesian entitled to financial aid by France, and is oriented mainly on tourism (an important source of income currency), fishing, cultivation and export of beads (typical product) and coprah (oil that is extracted from coconut). In addition to crafts, the limited manufacturing sector is dedicated to products such as cotton, vanilla, tropical fruits, livestock, dairy, shark meat.

When to go to French Polynesia

The best time to visit French Polynesia is from May to November.

Travel Documents

Passport valid for at least six months past the date that you intend to leave in the country.
Tourist Visa not required for stays under 90 days every six months.


Calling Code is 00689


Supply electricity: 127/220 V 60 Hz.


The French Pacific Franc is the currency in French Polynesia.