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Discover the beauty of French Polynesia, the inspiration of artists and writers throughout the ages. From forest-clad jagged peaks to idyllic white sand beaches, explore the crystal clear waters of Tahiti, Fiji and Hawaii on our cruises.

French Polynesia and the paradise islands of Tahiti and Bora Bora can be visited all-year. They are also reached by ships on longer routes across the Pacific from the USA to Australia or New Zealand. Other calls may be made at the islands of Hawaii or Fiji or at some of the very small less visited islands.

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Bora Bora
Two towering peaks of sheer black rock dominate the centre of the lovely island of Bora Bora, and make an impressive backdrop to blue waters and gold-sand beaches. Apart from relaxation, favourite activities include shopping for Tahitian black pearls in the main town of Vaitape, enjoying a drink at the Bloody Mary bar or perhaps sampling traditional food from Les Roulettes, rolling food trucks used by locals.
French Polynesia
Polynesia is a roughly triangular area comprised of over 1000 islands in the Pacific, and includes New Zealand, the Cook Islands, Christmas and Easter Islands, Pitcairn, Tonga, Hawaii, and the Tuamotu and Marquesas Islands. The indigenous Polynesian inhabitants of these islands share the language, culture and beliefs of pre-colonial times.
Moorea (French Polynesia)
The first sight of Cook Bay is entrancing, and the island itself is no less lovely; encircled by a lagoon with white and black sand beaches and a spectacular interior of jagged peaks. Scenes from the classic film, "South Pacific" were filmed here. A popular pastime is to take a small boat to an offshore islet for a picnic, or for sightseeing, there is an octagonal church in Papetoai which is the South Pacific's oldest European building.
Noumea (New Caledonia)
Noumea is the pretty capital of New Caledonia. This relaxed and sophisticated city is enhanced by the magnificent Tjibaou Cultural Centre, 10 wooden structures designed by Renzo Piano to imitate the shell-like form of traditional Caledonian huts. The Waterfront Market serves breakfasts, and there are many chic French boutiques and restaurants in the city. La Petit Train is a novel way to tour the city which includes a gothic cathedral and the restored colonial-style Bernheim Library.
Nuku Alofa (Tonga)
Situated on the north coast of Tongatapu Island, Nuku'alofa is the capital of the Kingdom of Tonga, the last Polynesian monarchy. It is not geared towards tourism and has a neglected air. The chief attractions are excellent snorkelling and diving, the busy Talamahu Saturday market and the Royal Palace, which is not open to the public. The downtown women's co-operative at Langafonua sells handicrafts at reasonable prices.
Papeete (Tahiti, French Polynesia)
Tahitis capital is a mixture of laid-back Tahitian charm and French sophistication. From the top of Tahara Hill there is a good view of Matavai Bay where William Blighs HMS Bounty anchored in 1789. A lighthouse now stands on Point Venus where Captain Cook and his scientists first observed the Transit of Venus in 1769. The Gauguin Museum chronicles the French artists life in Polynesia and exhibits two of his sketches and a sculpture.
Rangiroa (French Polynesia)
The Tuamotus atoll of Rangiroa is a superb diving destination, with a lagoon full of rays, reef fish and dolphin. It is accessed through a fast-moving ocean pass, and beyond the reef there are tuna, schools of sharks and eagle rays and the fossilized coral formations of L'ile Aux Recifs. Ashore, the sights include coral churches and the villages of Avatoru and Tiputa and black pearl farms.
Rarotonga (Cook Islands)
Rarotonga is the mountainous capital of the Cook Islands, well-known for its many Poinciana trees, known locally as 'flamboyants' for their large red-pink flowers. Muri Lagoon is a popular snorkelling destination and the coast is encircled by white-sand beaches. Sights include the dramatic volcanic rock of Te Rua Manga, known as 'The Needle', the stone temple of Arai-Te-Tonga Marae and the Ara Metua, a road built around the island in the 12th-century leading to this and other ancient maraes.
Suva (Fiji)
Suva is the capital of Fiji and perhaps the most sophisticated city in the South Pacific. It has numerous shopping areas, including Cumming Street and large malls along the canalside. For an insight into the cannibal era, the Fiji Museum has some interesting exhibits and in the downtown, a network of narrow passageways weaves between old colonial buildings. Parts of Suva were built on re-claimed mangrove swamp, and the nearest beaches are 25km to the north.
Bora Bora