Dotted with lush green peaks, crystal-clear beaches and turquoise waters, French Polynesia is a stunning yet laid-back overseas country located in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. A French territory, the entire French Polynesia comprises of around 118 dispersed islands, out of which 67 are inhabited. The islands are divided into 5 groups – The Society Islands, the Gambier Islands, the Tuamotu Archipelago, the Austral Islands, and the Marquesas Islands. The largest and most famous island of the country is Tahiti, which houses Pape’ete, the country’s capital.
French Polynesia is known to be amongst the last places to be inhabited by humans. Before the Europeans arrives in the 16th century, Polynesia was inhabited by migrating Polynesians around 300 A.D. European contact began with Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan sighting the island in 1521, and English explorer James Cook in 1769. The French annexed the islands during the 18th-19th century and united the group of islands in 1889 by establishing the French protectorate. In 1946, French Polynesia became an overseas territory and French citizenship was granted to Polynesians. Today, French Polynesia is a parliamentary democratic and follows a multi-party systems, whereby the head of government is the President of French Polynesia.
Majority of the population speaks French and Polynesian, which are the official languages. As for religion, the country has a majority of Protestants (54%) and Roman Catholics (30%). Owing to its location, the climate here is mostly tropical and moderate.
The astounding beauty of these islands is hard to match. Major islands like Tahiti and Bora Bora seem like a paradise for honeymooners with the shimmering lagoons, the dense tropical foliage, the vibrant coral reefs and marine life, the idyllic white-sand beaches, and plenty of extravagant bungalows and luxurious resorts that add to the sizzle.
Dotted with lush green peaks, crystal-clear beaches and turquoise waters, French Polynesia is a stunning yet laid-back overseas country located in the middle of the Paci...