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Where is French Polynesia?

Where is French Polynesia? It is a set of islands that is at the South of the Pacific Ocean and they’re close to France. It consists of around 118 islands that cover a total area of 7,000 square kilometers. The islands were inhabited much before Capitan Hook found the place in 1796. The place was annexed by the French during the 19th century. It is said that the islands are trying to get independence from France.

The biggest phosphate island in the Pacific Ocean is called Makatea, whereas the others are known as Nauru and Banaba in Kiribati. The climate of the place can be classified as moderate tropical. The temperature during the winter months, that last from May till October, gets to 26°C. And the weather averages at 29°C in the summer, which lasts from November till April.

The place experiences cyclonic storms in January. Now that you know where is French Polynesia, you should understand the terrain of the place which consists of different landscapes like valleys, waterfalls, rugged highlands, tall cliffs, and low islands with reefs. The highest point is the Mont Orohena which is 2,241m. The main regions of French Polynesia are the Austral Islands, Gambier Islands, Marquesas Islands, Society Islands, and the Tuamotu Islands. The main destinations are Clipperton Island, Papeete, and Rapa.

In order to get to the island, you can catch a flight and land at the Faa'a International Airport that is around 5 kms away from Papeete. The main airline of French Polynesia is Air Tahiti Nui. Other options include traveling by boat as there are several cruise ships that take vistors to French Polynesia throughout the year. For domestic flights, Air Tahiti offers different airpasses such as Austral Pass, Bora Bora Pass, Bora Tuamotu Pass, Discovery Pass, Lagons Pass, and the Marquesas Pass.

Some of the places to visit in French Polynesia are Arahurahu Marae, Aremiti Ferry, Bora Bora Lagoonarium, Gauguin's Pearl Farm, Harrison W Smith Botanical Gardens, Huahine Pearl Farm, Ile aux Recifs, La Maison de James Norman Hall, Le Lagon Bleu, Leopard Rays Trench, Magic Mountain, Marae at Taputaputaea, Matira Beach, Moorea Dolphin Center, Moorea Tropical Garden, Mount Otemanu, Musee de la Perle Robert WAN, Musée Gauguin, Museum of Tahiti and the Islands, Notre Dame Cathedral, Paofai Gardens, Papeete Municipal Market, Point Venus, Ta'ahiamanu Beach, Tahiti Lagoonarium, Temae Beach, Tereia Beach,The Water Gardens of Vaipahi, Tiki Village Cultural Centre, Toatea Lookout, Tomb of Pomare, and the Vallee de la Vanille. Now that you know the location and the places to visit in French Polynesia, do visit the beautiful islands.

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Things to do
The Gauguin Museum

The Gauguin Museum is a tribute to Paul Gauguin's life amidst his years on Tahiti and in the Marquesas, the historical Gauguin museum, its inside of the excellent Harrison Smith Botanical Gardens and elements of display and memorabilia from the late painter himself, including painting, duplicates of documents, block prints, and generations of a significant number of his most well-known works of art. If you love European Arts, then you would appreciate the struggle of thousands to put together and assemble the best of European artwork in the museum, known as the Gauguin Museum. This Modern and Contemporary art center is situated in the heart of Tahiti. Here you can find some of the world’s best modern and contemporary arts, with permanent displays. The Gauguin Museum offers visitors not only the richness of its everlasting collection through a route frequently changed but also a wide range of short-term displays that widen the scope of the collection and deepen certain tricky topics or tactics. Nowadays, the collection enjoys the status of being one of the world’s finest and most wide-ranging collections of modern and contemporary art. The entry of the Gauguin Museum is absolutely free and it opens every day from 10:00 am to 7:00 pm. On this art gallery, you might find numerous origins that might satisfy the curiosity and interest of everyone, no matter the age, though, for example, guided visits for children, activities which will let them meet some of the great names of modern and contemporary art in a ludic yet educational way. It has more than one thousand different pieces from national and international artists with different styles, leanings, and eras. The structure itself is absolutely fascinating and appears to be like a perfect match for placing the modern art museum. The Gauguin Museum is one of the famous and most visited museums in Tahiti. Countless modern and contemporary art lover come every day to visit this outstanding museum of the city. Apart from this museum, all the other sites of the city will give you the best and memorable excursion for you and your family.