Hemmed by coral reefs and turquoise waters, go snorkelling in the lagoons of Bora Bora and Maupiti of the Leeward islands, swimming with manta rays and grey reef sharks in the waters from Rangiroa to Tuamotu. At Tahiti, go surfing or observe the whales, on the island of Huahine, watch the dugout canoes leave on the legendary Hawaiki Nui Va'a race.
Next the blue of the sea is replaced by lush green vegetation. Drop anchor at the Marquises or at Raiatea, one of the Society Islands. The countryside is exuberant, depicted by highly contrasted terrain and breathtaking landscapes, ideal for hiking excursions and also visits to Pre-European remains such as those at Maeva.
After experiencing Polynesia's art de vivre first-hand around a dish of raw fish, bring back a souvenir of this vibrant culture in your suitcase: a woven straw hat from the Austral Islands, a pearl from the Gambier Islands and maybe even a sophisticated tattoo from Moorea!
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