French Polynesia (Polynésie française)
French Polynesia is a set of islands that is an overseas country attached to France. Located in the South Pacific Ocean, it is halfway between California and Australia. Tahiti and her islands cover four million square kilometers of ocean which is the same area as the European Union. However the land above sea level accounts for some 7,000 square kilometers consisting of 118 islands, grouped into five archipelagoes (4 volcanic, 1 coral). Makatea in French Polynesia is one of the three great phosphate rock islands in the Pacific Ocean - the others are Banaba (Ocean Island) in Kiribati and Nauru.
The location, grounds and landscape
Polynesia - Oceania sub-region, located in the heart of the South Pacific.
Population: more than 274 thousand people.
Airports: The Faaa International Airport is the only international airport in French Polynesia.
Time zone: UTC - 10, - 9:30, - 9.
Credit card payment systems: Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Diners Club.
The climate and the average temperature
Tropical, but moderate. Natural hazards : occasional cyclonic storms in January. Very humid. The average ambient temperature is 27°C (80°F) and the waters of the lagoons average 26°C (79°F) in the winter and 29°C (84°F) in the summer. But do not worry, most resorts and hotel rooms are air conditioned or cooled by ceiling fans.
Summer is from November through April, with a warmer and more humid climate and winter is from May through October, when the climate is slightly cooler and drier. When you step out of the airplane, you'll immediately notice that the air is warm and humid. Consequently, besides your camera and your extra memory cards, do not forget to pack lightweight cotton clothes, sunscreen lotion and a baseball cap or a wide brimmed hat. Synthetic fabrics can get hot and sticky in the tropics.
Best time to visit
In Polynesia, there is no clearly defined seasons. Most dry season usually falls in June - August. But the tourist season is year-round.