Travel -- French Polynesia
The following sources are recommended by an expert whose research specialty is travel opportunities in French Polynesia.
· Stanley, David. Moon Tahiti. Avalon Travel Publishing, 2007. A complete travel guide to the five archipelagoes of French Polynesia: the Society, Austral, Tuamotu, Gambier, and Marquesas island groups. The 321 pages include 43 carefully labeled maps. http://www.southpacific.org/tahiti.html
· Tahiti Explorer. Here you can learn about black pearls, cruises, diving, flights, hotels, the weather, people and geography, etc. The photo albums and trip reports are a huge resource, and there's a travel forum. http://www.tahiti-explorer.com/
· Tahiti Nui Travel. Travel agents should check here for facts about upmarket facilities in the area. If you want to book a cruise, flight, or tour through a Papeete-based travel agency, come here. The site also features island information, photos, diving spots, a message board, and tourism news. http://www.tahitinuitravel.com/
· Tahiti Sun Travel. This family of websites provides comprehensive travel guides to Tahiti, Bora Bora, Moorea, Huahine, Raiatea, Taha's, Tetiaroa, and the Tuamotu Islands. http://www.tahitisun.com/
· Tahiti Tourisme. This official tourism site provides another useful gateway to French Polynesia. The many links to other online resources allow you to access additional information, and there's an events calendar and address listings. http://www.tahiti-tourisme.com/
· The Tahiti Traveler. Not only is there good general and island information here, but the lodging section allows you to browse over two hundred hotels and guest houses throughout French Polynesia. Among the many other excellent features of this site are the forum, photo gallery, flight schedules, printable discount coupons, screensavers, webcam, and more. http://www.thetahititraveler.com/
· Air Tahiti. This domestic airline flies to 42 airstrips all around French Polynesia. http://www.airtahiti.aero/home.php
· Air Tahiti Nui. French Polynesia's international carrier with service from Tahiti to Los Angeles, Paris, Tokyo, Osaka, Auckland, and Sydney. http://www.flyatn.com/
· Amsler, Kurt. The French Polynesia Dive Guide. Abbeville Press, 2001. Descriptions, maps, and photos of the territory's 27 top dive sites.
· Black Pearls of French Polynesia: The Story Behind the Jewelry. This richly illustrated educational article showcases Polynesia's black pearls, describing their cultivation and demand for jewelry sold around the world. http://www.travelwithachallenge.com/Polynesia_Black_Pearls.htm
· eTahiti Travel. This is one of French Polynesia's top internet travel agencies with an office in Papeete's Vaima Shopping Center. Their website contains a wealth of current travel information. http://www.etahititravel.com/
· French Polynesia Travel Photos. Peruse photos of resorts, sunsets, beaches, and landscapes. http://www.frenchpolynesiaphotos.com/
· Haere Mai. The home page of the federation of guest houses and family accommodations in French Polynesia provides listings in all five archipelagoes. Photos, descriptions, and prices are supplied. http://www.haere-mai.pf/
· Mai Moana Island. You can rent this entire private island at Bora Bora for the price of a double room at one of the nearby luxury hotels. Hollywood stars and other celebrities who value their privacy often stay here. http://www.mai-moana-island.com/
· Map of French Polynesia. View a general map of the five archipelagoes of French Polynesia plus a detail map of Tahiti, from Map South Pacific. http://www.mapsouthpacific.com/tahiti/index.html
· Maugham, W. Somerset. The Moon and Sixpence. Various publishers and editions. Story of a London stockbroker who leaves his job for Tahiti and ends up leading an artist's primitive life that isn't as romantic as he had hoped. Maugham visited Tahiti in 1917 to research this novel based on the life of Paul Gauguin. It makes excellent in-flight reading.
· Melville, Herman. Typee: A Peep at Polynesian Life. Various publishers and editions. In 1842, Melville deserted from an American whaler at Nuku Hiva, Marquesas Islands. This semifictional account of Melville's four months among the Typee people was followed by his next book, Omoo, in which Melville gives his impressions of Tahiti at the time of the French takeover. Either paperback is worth taking along on a trip.
· Pension Bonjouir. An isolated hideaway for hikers and surfers on "little Tahiti" at the far east end of the island. http://www.bonjouir.com/
· Prince, Jan, editor. Tahiti Beach Press. Established in 1980, this is Tahiti's only English-language newspaper. Free copies are available at the airport and most hotels. Jan also wrote the Tahiti and French Polynesia Guide for Open Road Publishing.
· Sylvain, Adolphe. Sylvain's Tahiti. TASCHEN America, 2001. Timeless black-and-white images of Tahiti by a romantic photographer who spent 45 years in the islands.
· Tahiti Accommodation and Resorts Directory. A searchable database of resorts, hotels, and dive operators in the French Polynesian islands. http://www.tahiti.islands-resorts.com/
· Tahiti Diving Guide. Ten diving destinations are briefly described and mapped on this attractive site. The underwater photography is unsurpassed. http://www.diving-tahiti.com/
· Tahiti Islands. Photos and information are accessible here through interactive maps. http://www.tahiti-islands.com/
· Tahiti Pacifique. For those who read French, this monthly magazine offers a style of informed and critical commentary quite unlike that seen in the daily press of the French territories. http://www.tahiti-pacifique.com/
· Tahiti Presse. For local news in English try the site of this Tahitian news agency. http://www.tahitipresse.pf/
· Tahiti Resorts. A Tahiti accommodation and resorts guide with maps and travel information. http://www.tahiti.resortspacific.com/
· Tahiti Tatou. Come here for information on Polynesian tattoos, including several galleries of original designs. http://www.tahititatou.com/
· Tahiti Travel Guide. A mini travel guide to Tahiti and French Polynesia, pearls of the Pacific, by travel writer David Stanley. http://www.southpacific.org/guide/tahiti.html
· Te Mara Nui Plongée. A dive shop on the island of Raiatea between Tahiti and Bora Bora. http://www.temaranui.pf/
"The Infography about Travel in French Polynesia"
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