5 Ways to Experience French Polynesia the Non-Aquatic Route

Published: July 3, 2019.
Written by: Ryan - Destination Specialist, Toronto

Though French Polynesia is known for its beautiful blue lagoons and aquatic activities, there is so much more to be uncovered on these charming South Pacific islands.

1. Visiting the Black Pearl Farm

Polynesia is known for its black pearls. These rare gems are uniquely created by the black-lipped oyster and are one of the treasures of the South Pacific. You can visit the French Polynesia black pearl farm in Rangiroa where you can learn about the evolution of pearl farming. View workers as they sort and clean the oysters to uncover a very special unset black pearl you can take home with you. This experience will be unparalleled to any other and you will leave with a souvenir to last a lifetime.

2. Free Flying in French Polynesia

Do you love the rush of adrenaline you get when experiencing something new and a little bit scary? Take the chance to see French Polynesia in a whole new way, from high up in the sky. Skydiving from a Tahitian island is breathtaking, with picturesque views of the land, sea and forests below you. If you ever wanted to fly freely in the air, this is the place to do it!

3. Quad-Biking

If you like heading into nature and delving into the culture while on vacation, then try quad-biking in Moorea. You will experience panoramic views, pineapple growers, and volcanoes. Stop along the path and chat with one of the locals or make your way to a little café where you can enjoy a fresh tropical drink. You will feel one with the land when taking in the sights and sounds of the natural surroundings. Experience a rush of history and tradition on this magical bike ride.

4. Breathtaking Hike

Hiking in French Polynesia allows you to experience all the gorgeous little details it has to offer.

You will be immersed in the vibrant colours of the land, sweet smells of exotic fruits growing on trees right beside you, and if you are lucky, you might even discover a hidden cave along the way. There are terrains suitable for novice to experienced hikers. Families who want an easy hike or moderate trip can take in gorgeous views with minimal effort. Extreme hikers will appreciate the opportunity to jump off a cliff into the water below at the end of their journey.

5. Art Galleries

For the artist in you, be sure not to miss the plentiful amount of creative options surrounding you. The Polynesian people make beautiful tiki statues and elegant paintings from findings of the earth. Almost every corner is filled with woodworkers that have a story to tell. Listen carefully and you might discover a mystical tale too precious not to take away with you.

Downunder Travel knows French Polynesia is a multicultural island waiting to delight your every sense. See past the typical waterways and swimming activities and discover adventures taking your vacation to new heights. Ask a travel specialist how to personalize your trip based on your individual tastes.

Written by: Ryan (Destination Specialist)

The island of Tahiti offers more than just pristine clear water (although heavenly), however, there is so much to discover on land as well to round out your vacation nicely.