These words are already a journey. Before discovering Polynesia in 2012, I thought it was mostly folklore for tourists in search of exoticism. Not at all. They are really strong cultural symbols, anchored in the daily life of Polynesians.
Before disembarking in Rangiroa to dive in October 2012, I was completely unaware that wine was produced there! It seems incredible, but yes, we cultivate vines in the middle of the Pacific, in the Polynesian archipelago of Tuamotu.
In the dream boat category, here is one on which I would see myself embarking one day: the mythical Aranui, to go to the Marquesas Islands, in Polynesia!
If you are passing through Tahiti, you must absolutely eat at the popular "roulottes" of Papeete, on the seafront. The atmosphere is friendly, family. It's good and not expensive.
Among the islands that I dream of exploring when I return to Polynesia, there is Rurutu, in the Austral Islands ... For humpback whales.
Polynesia is not just luxury hotels on stilts. There are also many simpler and more affordable accommodations, where the atmosphere is also more family-friendly and very warm.
In 2012, I discovered Rangiroa and its spectacular gathering of sharks. My dream: to go back there and also dive in Fakarava, another mythical Polynesian spot to observe sharks.
I regret that I was only able to spend two days in Moorea, the neighboring island of Tahiti. I loved its steep relief and lush vegetation, its azure lagoon and the legendary Cook's Bay.
My first trip to Polynesia, in 2012, made me want to go back (sigh). But the plane ticket is not given and given the duration of the flight, it is better to have a little time in front of you. Here are some practical things to remember.
Five archipelagos with 118 islands and atolls, scattered in the Pacific, on a vast territory like Europe ... Polynesia, it's just immense!
Small video flashback: in October 2012, I went to meet sharks in the blue, off Rangiroa, in Polynesia.
In Polynesia, there are not only lagoons, coconut palms and yukuleles. There is also the ocean and the whales!
When it's cold and gray, I remember Maupiti. I can see the light, the lagoon, the ocean ... Come on, hop! We return to Polynesia.
In Rangiroa, Polynesia, dolphins love to play underwater with divers! Video demonstration in the Tiputa pass.
It is the blue of the immense Pacific Ocean. An intense blue that twists the retinas and floods the head with light. Head for Polynesia.