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Tahiti & French Polynesia Travel Photos

French Polynesia embraces five sprawling archipelagoes in the eastern South Pacific. Tahiti, Moorea, Raiatea, Bora Bora, and Maupiti, appearing in our travel pictures, all belong to the Society Islands Group.

In recent years, this vacation destination has become the world's leading producer of cultured black pearls. But beyond the honeymoon hotels and resorts, Polynesian life goes on and timeworn traditions are preserved.

All photos on are by David Stanley, author of Moon Handbooks South Pacific. The images on this page are details. To view the complete photos, click on the thumbnails.

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Southeast Coast of Moorea

Southeast Coast of Moorea

Mount Mouaputa, a plug which once formed the core of a volcano, points straight up out of eastern Moorea. French Polynesia boasts some of the most dramatic scenery in the South Pacific, with green mountains rising to well over 2,000 meters and sheer cliffs dropping into thick jungles.
Papeete, Tahiti

French Polynesia's capital city, Papeete, on Tahiti Island.

Mount Pahia, Bora Bora

Mount Pahia looms over a cruise ship anchored off Bora Bora.

Giant Blacklipped Oyster Pandanus Hat, Bora Bora Young Polynesians, Raiatea

The giant blacklipped oyster produces Polynesia's black pearls.

A handmade pandanus hat decorated with flowers on Bora Bora.

Young Polynesians cruising over the lagoon at Raiatea.

Lake Vaihiria, Tahiti Maupiti Ancient Temple, Moorea

Lake Vaihiria at 473 meters elevation in central Tahiti.

Maupiti Island's volcanic peaks seen from Motu Tuanai.

Ahu o Mahine, an ancient temple in Moorea's Opunohu Valley.

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