French Polynesia

A true tropical paradise, French Polynesia comprises more than 100 islands in five archipelagoes in the South Pacific Ocean. The most popular islands are Tahiti, Bora Bora, Mo'orea, and Pape'ete (the capital), and each has something special to offer. 

You can’t get any closer to the water than at the St. Regis Bora Bora, featuring villas out on the lagoon with glass panels throughout for views of the water below. Near Tahiti, The Brando offers one-of-a-kind seclusion on its own private island with air service. Both options offer access to amazing scuba diving, sailing, and other water sports while providing plenty of opportunity to relax. 

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If stretches of white sand, palm trees swaying in the breeze, and bright blue waters sound like your ideal vacation setting, French Polynesia checks all the boxes. Known for amazing beaches and world-class surfing, kitesurfing, and diving, each of the 100-plus South Pacific islands has something unique to offer. Tahiti is the most populated island, featuring black-sand beaches, waterfalls, and two extinct volcanoes. Fakarava has some of the best scuba diving in the world, while Raiatea has plenty of hiking and is home to one of the rarest flowers in the world. Wherever you go in French Polynesia, you're in for a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

Quick Facts

  • Sugested Airport
    Fa'a'ā International Airport, also known as Tahiti International Airport (PPT)
  • Currency
    French Pacific Franc (CFP or XPF)
  • Language
  • Time Zone
    There are three time zones in French Polynesia: 6 hours behind NYC, 5.5 hours behind NYC, and 5 hours behind NYC
  • Peak Season
    May through October

Destination Highlights


  • Forecasting Your French Polynesia Vacation

    The tropical weather in French Polynesia is balmy year-round. Temperatures stay in the high 60s to mid-80s, even in the winter. There are two main seasons here: the dry winter season (May through October) and the wet summer season (November through April). The best months to visit are July and August, when the weather is just about perfect, but it's also the peak season. December and January, on the other hand, average almost 13 inches of rain.


Map of French Polynesia

Google Maps satellite images are not always up-to-date, especially in non-U.S. destinations. Some Inspirato residences are located in developments built after images were last updated. Our pin placements represent our best location estimates, but actual locations may vary.

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