FRENCH POLYNESIA

French Polynesia is part of France's territory and is located on the middle of the South Pacific Ocean in between USA and Australia.

Moskito Valiente is imported to French Polynesia (papeetisation) so the boat can stay for unlimited time on any of it´s 5 archipelagos: Marquesas Islands, Tuamotus, Australes Islands, Gambier and Society Islands.

MARQUESAS ISLANDS

 The islands: Hiva Oa, Tahuata, Fatu Hiva, Ua Pou, Ua Huka and Nuku Hiva.

 The Marquesas are the wildest archipelago of French Polynesia and unlike the other archipelagos there are no lagoons or protected coral reefs surrounding these landscapes. Instead, steep volcanic mountains plunge straight into the pounding Pacific Ocean.

This archipelago is one of the most remote island groups in the world. These primitive islands will call to your innermost savage. You can explore their rugged terrain and discover a land that few people have seen before you. Throughout the islands, there are many archaeological and ceremonial sites including houses, shrines, stone statues, agricultural terraces and burial grounds that testify to the existence of an ancient civilization.

The islands include Nuku Hiva, Hiva Oa, Fatu Hiva, Ua Pou, Ua Huka, Tahuata and other small uninhabited islands.

Hiva Oa is the most historic island in the group, with some of the largest ancient tiki statues in French Polynesia, situated in Pua Mau bay. Known as Gauguin's Island, Hiva Oa is also the final resting place for painter Paul Gauguin and poet Jacques Brel. Both artists are buried at the Cimetière du Calvaire, Calvary Cemetery, overlooking Atuona.

In the spirit of true artistry, it is here in the Marquesas Islands that many Polynesian art forms originated. The locals have proudly safeguarded the ancient techniques of tattoo, sculpture and woodcarving.

The Marquesas, more than any other archipelago in French Polynesia, beckon a very different type of traveler—one with an innate thirst for adventure. As you sail through these wild and untamed islands, you will fall completely captive to their powerful and dreamlike qualities.

SOCIETY ISLANDS

The Society archipelago comprehends two groups of islands: Leeward Islands (Îles Sous-le-vent) and Windward Islands (îles du Vent).

WINDWARD ISLANDS

    Tahiti is the largest island of French Polynesia and situated halfway between California and Australia. 

    The island of Tahiti is divided into two parts: The larger portion to the northwest is known as Tahiti Nui and the smaller is known as Tahiti Iti. Tahiti Nui is dominated by three extinct volcanic mountains including Mount Orohena, the tallest in French Polynesia and Mount Aorai, known for its incredible views and that offers an amazing hike that we love and highly recommend to our guests. There are many hidden waterfalls on Tahiti's valleys aswell.

      Mo'orea is just around 3 hours sail from northern Tahiti and is the perfect place to see humpback whales from July to November when they go there to breed. 

 Known for its jagged volcanic mountains and sandy beaches, Mo'orea offers amazing hiking and cycling trails through rainforest. This pristine island has also paradisiac sandy beaches and many spots that are great for snorkelling, scubadiving ans surfing.

 

LEEWARD ISLANDS

     Bora-Bora is a small islands with a big reputation due to it's turquoise waters lagoon protected by coral reefs where many luxury resorts are currently based. It's also known for seeing the underwater life by scubadiving, snorkelling or even just paddleboarding once the water is so clear that you can see everything from the surface. 

   Raiatea, Tahaa, Huahine and Maupiti are also high volcanic islands with their lagoons protected by coral reefs and each one of them has it's own charm. They're not as known as Bora-Bora and Tahiti and not so crowded with resorts which makes them ideal scenarios to get to know the real polynesian culture. These islands are also very good to practice watersports such as surf, windsurf, kitesurf, paddleboard, scubadive and snorkel and also for landsports such as hikking and cycling.

TUAMOTU ATOLLS

Tuamotu is really a special place on this Planet. This archipelago is the largest chain of atolls in the world, about the size of Western Europe. 

Every year, travelers from all over the world come to this archipelago to get away from it all and appreciate the peace and calm of the atolls.

Famous for the beauty of its turquoise  clear waters and the abundance of underwater life, the Tuamotu Archipelago is a must-see destination for those who love the ocean. Among the numerous water activities that are offered, scuba diving and snorkeling is the most popular but the lagoon inside the atolls are also perfect for windsurf, kitesurf and paddleboard.

RANGIROA

Rangiroa is the largest atoll in French Polynesia and is known for the population of resident dolphins that are always on Tiputa's pass. We are happy to take our guests with our dinghy to see and respectfully snorkel with the dolphins always in a non-invasive way.

FAKARAVA

Fakarava has a pristine lagoon inside the atoll with 50 kilometers long and 14 kilometers wide that is like its own ocean with a total area of 1,150 square kilometers – nearly equal to the entire land area of Tahiti.

In Irifa anchorage we have the perfect spot to anchor the boat and practice kitesurf and windsurf when the famous 'maramu' (strong wind from south) hits French Polynesia.

The south pass of Fakarava is a remarkable spot to scubadive or snorkel with more than 700 sharks and a huge population of meros

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