There’s never been a better time to escape the mundane routine of everyday life and jet off to the tropical South Pacific. With crystal clear waters, every-colour-of-the-rainbow coral, enchanting native culture, and flourishing forests full of fruit trees and fascinating animals, our French Polynesia tours promise the relaxing holiday of your dreams. From visiting a pearl plantation in Tahiti to swimming with lemon sharks and manta rays in the waters of Bora Bora, the Islands of French Polynesia make for a holiday you'll want to relive over and over again.
We have a variety of similar island destinations, trips, and routes that you could consider from the Solomon Islands to Vanuatu, so why not tie another trip into your holiday? Check out the options below!
Trips on or before 31 December 2022
If your Intrepid trip starts on or before 31 December 2022, you must provide proof of full vaccination against COVID-19.
If you are unable to be vaccinated for medical reasons, you may apply for an exemption. Exemptions will be assessed on a case-by-case basis. To apply, you must provide a medical certificate from a medical professional.
Children under 18 are exempt. Children aged between 5 and 17 years old must provide proof of either vaccination, recovery or a negative COVID-19 test.
Trips from 1 January 2023 onwards
From 1 January 2023, Intrepid will no longer require travellers to provide proof of vaccination against COVID-19 (excluding all Polar trips and select adventure cruises).
However, we continue to strongly recommend that all Intrepid travellers and leaders get vaccinated to protect themselves and others.
Specific proof of testing or vaccination may still be required by your destination or airline. Please ensure you check travel and entry requirements carefully.
French Polynesia might be in the middle of the Pacific Ocean but it's still relatively easy to get to by air. Aéroport International de Tahiti-Faa’a (PPT) welcomes flights from all over the world via airlines such as Air Tahiti Nui, Air France, and Air New Zealand. If Tahiti is not your final destination within French Polynesia, it's easy to get a connecting flight from the airport with 47 further islands accessible by air. These islands are also facilitated by Air Tahiti Nui, with the exception being the close island of Moorea which is serviced by Air Moorea.
The best time to visit the islands of French Polynesia is considered to be September as it's the month with the longest days and driest weather. It's also one of the months to try and spot some humpback whales. Try to avoid travelling during the summer months of December, January, and February as it is the 'wet' season and therefore likely to rain throughout your holiday. The winter months are fine for travelling in but the weather does cool down quite a lot and won't be the best for sunbaking and spending long periods of time outside.
Once you get to the islands of French Polynesia, you don't want to have to worry about a thing. And that means thinking about what you left behind. To ensure your trip is a stressfree one make sure you pack the following items:
Travelling to French Polynesia means getting to experience a whole array of animated marine life whether you're snorkeling over the coral reefs or looking into the water from a glass-bottomed boat. Here's what you can expect from French Polynesia's peaceful island waters:
Intrepid is committed to making travel widely accessible, regardless of ability or disability. That’s why we do our best to help as many people see the world as possible, regardless of any physical or mental limitations they might have. However, we’re always happy to talk to travellers with disabilities and see if we can help guide them towards the most suitable itinerary for their needs and where possible, make reasonable adjustments to our itineraries.