Polynesian Lodge Experience

Polynesian fenua.

 

The Fenua (country) of Polynesia is a mythical destination. An idyllic paradise on earth. Its Isolated, tropical, luxuriant islands form a universe where dreams mingle with reality.

Located in the middle of the Pacific, Polynesia covers a maritime area of ​​more than 5 million km², equivalent to the surface of Europe. Its 5 archipelagos and 118 islands occupy an area of ​​4000 km².

 

  • The Society Archipelago is made up of the Windward Islands and the Leeward Islands, a set of 14 high islands distinguished by their coastal landscapes, surrounded by a lagoon and a barrier reef. Here are the main ones.

Tahiti and Moorea are the two sister islands of French Polynesia. Both close and different, these are heavenly destinations for travelers and families.

Tahiti, and Papeete the capital, the economic and administrative heart of Polynesia, is the starting point for cruises or by plane to the five archipelagos. It allows a smooth transfer from the Western world to Oceania to soak up Polynesian culture. It also offers many activities available from the start of your stay at the sea or in the mountains.

Moorea, the little sister, is accessible by ferry or by air in a very short time. The warmth of human exchanges and the serenity of the tropical forest or the clarity of the waters with multicolored fish will immediately infuse you with the fullness of the present moment.

Huahine, known as "The Island of Women", secret and preserved, it offers a convivial stay made of authenticity.

Raiatea  and Taha'a "sacred islands", green casket placed on translucent waters. Separated by a 3 km channel. Considered the cultural and religious cradle of Eastern Polynesia. His "marae" Taputapuatea, is one of the most important. It is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Taha'a is also famous for its vanilla plantations.

Bora Bora emblematic island of Polynesia nicknamed "The pearl of the Pacific". Its lagoon is considered one of the most beautiful in the world.

Maupiti  the little Bora Bora with its rocky peaks and its shallow jade-colored lagoon. Life flows peacefully away from the big tourist flows in a few family pensions.

  • The Tuamotu Archipelago is made up of 76 atolls. They take the form of a more or less circular ring of land that encircles the lagoon. These low islands rise above the waves by only a few meters.

The most visited are:

Rangiroa  which means "vast sky" is the largest atoll in Polynesia. With its 80 km long and 30 km wide, this gigantic lagoon does not allow you to see the other shore where only the horizon is reflected in the turquoise blue of its clear waters. The Tiputa pass offers an extraordinary spectacle teeming with underwater life. On an islet off Avatoru, there is a vineyard raised on coral where a tasting can be served. Finally, the blue lagoon, a real natural swimming pool or even the "motu" of pink sand make this atoll a must during your stay.

Fakarava has like Rangiroa a gigantic lagoon. This atoll is renowned for diving in its two north and south passes. It was classified in 2006 by UNESCO as a biosphere reserve thanks to its preserved nature. Do not miss the excursions on the motu (islets) of fine sand, in particular the green lagoon of “Teahatea”. Finally, visit the time of an interval between two dives the old village of Tetamanu and its church built in coral (south pass).

Tikehau  has a ring 26 km in diameter, a postcard setting with its white and pink sand beaches as far as the eye can see, its translucent waters and its coconut palms sloping towards the shore. This atoll is a paradise for diving and offers an authentic stay in a bungalow for lovers of nature and the other side of the world.

Manihi nicknamed "the pearl island" because pearl farming started on this atoll in 1968. It also has exceptional seabed where you can practice angling and taste the product of your fishing on many motu with crystal clear waters .

  • The Gambier archipelago is located the most easterly of French Polynesia. Composed of 14 high islands, the main ones being Mangareva and Rikitea.

Mangareva is located 1,590 km southeast of Tahiti. The island is 8 km long with a total land area of ​​15.4 km². The highest points on the island are Mount Duff at 441m and Mount Mokoto at 423m. Polynesian mythology tells that Mangareva was lifted from the bottom of the ocean by the demigod Maui. The pearl industry is important there and many religious buildings, vestiges of the 1800s such as that of the Saint Anne de Rikitea church with its altar encrusted with iridescent mother-of-pearl are still in use.

  • The Austral archipelago is the southernmost of Polynesia, an hour and a half flight and 1400 km from Tahiti.

It includes a set of 7 High Islands, 5 of which are inhabited. Rurutu, Tubuai, Rimatara, Raivavae and Rapa. A unique change of scenery awaits you. Immerse yourself in the ancestral traditions of this people and live your stay out of time.

Rurutu Located in the southwest of Tahiti, it benefits from a cooler climate conducive to the cultivation of coffee, oranges and lychees. Bordered by a practically uninterrupted reef close to the shore, it has long white sand beaches. You can observe whales from July to October. In its upper part, dotted with centers of historical and cultural interest, nature has shaped caves carved into the cliffs. The craftsmanship of the island is renowned for its traditional basketry and its cultural events such as the "Tere" (tour of the island), large weddings, stone lifting, etc. the Inhabitants are proud to welcome visitors and share their stories and legends.

Tubuai nearly two and a half hours flight and 670 km south of Tahiti, Tubuai is the largest of the Austral Islands. The Bounty mutineers settled in 1789 and built Fort George of which only the memory now remains. The island is bordered by a large lagoon and multiple desert "motus" with white sand beaches. Real postcard images, you can relax or practice many sailing sports on the lagoon. Crossing the island is possible by hiking or 4x4 where you will discover some archaeological sites. An original destination off the beaten path, Tubuai offers an unforgettable getaway in the heart of Polynesia.

Rimatara is the smallest of the southern islands. Its airport dating from 2006 and the evolution since 2008 of reception facilities allow it to open up more and more to the outside world.

You can enjoy its white sand beaches, its fringing reef and its small coves with "feo" (fossilized coral). Take advantage of a walk or bike ride in the center of the island to discover its exuberant vegetation and rare endemic birds such as the warbler and the "Ura" parakeet (red in Polynesian). Visit in the 3 villages of the island its particular crafts with the work of braiding, copra, “fara” (pandanus) or the making of “pupu” shell necklaces in elegant colors and styles.

Raivavae is located 730 km southeast of Tahiti. Renowned for its sandalwood at the beginning of the 19th century, it is often cited as one of the most beautiful islands in the Pacific. It has twenty eight islets sheltering a quantity of seabirds. Raivavae is known for its unique sculptures of Tiki, drums and sewn wooden canoes still used today.

  • The Marquesas archipelago is the largest in French Polynesia with an area of ​​997 km² and its 12 islands, six of which are inhabited. It is located north of the South Pacific Ocean and is 1500 km away from Tahiti. Almost all the islands of the Marquesas are of volcanic origin and have an alternating relief of high, steep cliffs unprotected by a coral reef and black sand beaches. The main islands are: Nuku Hiva, Hiva Oa, Ua Pou, Ua Huka, Tahuata, Fatu Hiva.

Nuku Hiva  is the largest of the Marquesan Islands and the second after Tahiti. Formed by basalt ridges, deep canyons and lush plateaus, this landscape covered by exuberant vegetation seems to want to keep all the secrets of this land of men mysterious. Unspoiled island with fantastic archaeological and natural sites, it transports you through the ages to the sites of Kamuihei and Taipivai, also by its waterfalls like that of Hakaui, falling 350 meters. Anaho Bay, accessible only by boat or on foot, will offer you its amazing white sand beaches. Crafts, tattooing and sculpture are developed there, ensuring the transmission of an age-old art. You can walk on the black sand beaches and come across riders still using horses as their main means of transport. Nuku Hiva offers an extraordinary environment for a different stay in Polynesia.

Hiva Oa, which bears the pretty nickname of "Garden of the Marquesas", is the island with tormented reliefs and beautiful black sand beaches. Located 1184 km northeast of Tahiti, on this land are the impressive archaeological sites of Taaoa and Puamau which has the largest Tikis in Polynesia. It was and remains the resting place for Paul Gauguin and Jacques Brel. Discover dance performances during the Marquesas festival, the Paul Gauguin museum and the cultural center dedicated to Jacques Brel. Explore the Puamau Valley which leads to the sacred Tikis and platforms of Ilipona. Meet the multitude of artists who showcase the Marquesan culture and admire the crafts, sculpture and tattooing specific to these islands. Finally, for diving enthusiasts, enjoy the particularly spectacular fauna and flora of the waters of the archipelago.