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Archipelagoes

Aerial view of Tikehau island in the Tuamotu Archipelago. ©Benthouard.com

TUAMOTU ISLANDS

Bountiful with 77 atolls, the Tuamotu Islands stretch over 13500km²/5200mi² of ocean. Precociously discovered by Magellan who anchored at Puka Puka in 1521, i...
Aerial view of Mangareva island in the Gambier Archipelago. ©Benthouard.com

GAMBIER ISLANDS

Of all the archipelagoes in French Polynesia, the Gambier Islands are the farthest from Tahiti.Discovered in 1797 by the British captain James Wilson, the archi...
Lagoon view of the Maupiti island in the Society Archipelago. ©P. Bacchet

SOCIETY ISLANDS

Comprised of the Windward and Leeward Islands, the Society Islands are a major Polynesian destination. Strikingly rich with varied landscapes, this archipelag...
Lagoon view since the Hiro mount of the Raivavae island in the Society Archipelago. ©P. Bacchet

AUSTRAL ISLANDS

To the south of Tahiti, the five high islands and the atoll that make up the Austral Islands stretch over 1300km/808mi of ocean across both sides of the Tropic ...
Children on horseback on the Ua Huka island in the Marquesas archipelago ©P.Bacchet

MARQUESAS ISLANDS

Partly discovered in 1595 by Alvaro Mendana de Neira’s Spanish expedition, this archipelago located to the northeast of Tahiti is famous for the striking authen...