Sightseeing & Tours in French Polynesia
The temptation of just sitting back and enjoying the panoramic views from your overwater bungalow may seem hard to overcome, but Tahiti tours do their best to entice you to o something a little more energetic on your holidays. In fact, the three main islands of Tahiti, Moorea and Bora Bora all have some of the best day tours and excursions in the South Pacific.
The most affordable beach and sightseeing holidays are on beach-less Tahiti, although for beach-lovers Moorea is just 1-hr by ferry from the capital Papeete and the international airport. Stunning Bora Bora, on many people's "must see list" is sold at a premium with overly expensive accommodation, tours and food.
On land you can explore the lush tropical rainforest on quad bikes, take a guided walking tour to spot endemic birds or learn about the islands rich past on an archaeological excursion. The islands of Tahiti, Moorea and Bora Bora are all stunning land masses with high mountains and razor sharp ridges and one of the best ways to enjoy the beauty is on a scenic helicopter ride which are available on all three islands.
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The majority of French Polynesia is ocean and with the sea temperatures never dropping below 20°C, not even in the cooler winter months, it is no surprise that much of the focus is on the water. There are loads of great snorkelling trips with stunning coral reefs never far from shore. There are luxurious sailing cruises where you can visit uninhabited islands for the day and for adrenaline junkies you can go kite-surfing, take a jet boat ride, scuba dive with sharks or surf some of monstrous waves.
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Tahiti Tour Highlights
Take a walk in the remote coastal region of Tahiti Iti or
Surf the north shore, or if brave enough, Teahupoo
Moorea Tour Highlights
Take a serene boat cruise into Cooks Bay and Opunohu Bay
Visit the ancient cultural sites of Belvedere
Bora Bora Tour Highlights
Take a scenic helicopter ride around the island
Swim with Manta Rays, snorkel with sharks or take a scuba diving trip and do both.