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The beautiful French Polynesia is the stuff dreams are made of, but you may know it better by its famous islands: Bora Bora and Tahiti. Our French Polynesian cruise itineraries take you to both those gorgeous islands and beyond, so you can soak in all the beauty, sea life, and island culture this incredible collection of Islands in the South Pacific has to offer.
When you cruise to the French Polynesian islands with us, you’ll do so while sailing on incredible transpacific itineraries. These itineraries travel between Australia and Hawaii as our ship repositions for a new season and it’s a once in a lifetime vacation experience (though don’t be surprised if you want to sail it again and again!).
The top things to see and do in French Polynesia are centered around the sea. From the famous lagoon of Bora Bora to the white sand beaches of Tahiti and the picturesque bay of Mo'orea, there is no shortage of natural beauty – but don’t forget to discover the history and culture of French Polynesia as well.
The islands of French Polynesia are lush and mountainous and simply stunning, but it’s the water surrounding them that astounds people. Crystal clear lagoons shimmer in shades of aqua and are home to a myriad of coral reefs that are incredible to explore via snorkeling or scuba diving.
When you cruise the French Polynesia islands, you’ll have the chance to learn about the region’s history, too. Visit the ruins of ancient stone temples — called Marae — and learn about the past Polynesian civilizations that have shaped some of the culture you’ll still experience on the islands today.
The beaches in French Polynesia are made for relaxing with soft sand, calm water, and lots of sunshine. The most popular ways to experience the beaches of French Polynesia are via a day pass at a beach resort that has loungers or on a motu, one of the tiny islands throughout French Polynesia.
Our cruises sail to three of the most popular islands in French Polynesia: Bora Bora, Tahiti, and Mo'orea. Each island offers something a bit different, though they all have fabulous beaches and exotic flora.
The shore excursions you can do during a French Polynesia cruise will take you on exciting water adventures or on blissful island getaways.
The scuba diving in French Polynesia is some of the best in the world. See manta rays, sharks, giant clams, tropical fish, and colorful coral while you enjoy being in the warm water that boasts high visibility.
There are many ways to explore the land beneath the water surface while in French Polynesia beyond scuba diving. Explore via a glass-bottom boat, on an underwater walk using a special diving helmet, or while snorkeling during a catamaran boat ride or right off one of the sandy beaches.
See some of the traditional island architecture, visit ancient Maraes, sample local vanilla bean and other delicacies, and spend time along some of the most beautiful coastlines in French Polynesia on island tours that take you all around the island your French Polynesia cruise is spending the day in.
French Polynesia is a territory of France, but don’t go there expecting to use those euros you have left over from your last European vacation; French Polynesia is an autonomous territory and uses the French Polynesia franc. Many places in the tourism centers of the islands take credit cards, but if you venture off the beaten path you’ll likely want some cash on hand for any small shops or markets you come across that may not take credit cards.
You’ll be sailing there in shoulder season with us, but it’s still prime sunbathing weather in French Polynesia when we sail through there (and pretty much anytime of the year) so pack plenty of warm weather clothing and multiple bathing suits. You’ll want more than one so you always have a dry swimsuit on hand.
Want a memorable souvenir? Pick up some local vanilla or homemade jam, Tahitian pearls, or a hand painted pareo (which is similar to a sarong). You could also get a permanent souvenir in the form of a tattoo at one of the many tattoo parlors on the islands. Tattoos are very important to the people of French Polynesia and are nearly always done just in black ink.