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Go on a trip to French Polynesia

(KRON) — When we think of a dream vacation in the islands of Tahiti, spots like Bora Bora and Moorea tend to come to mind quickly. But with more than 100 islands, the most famous spots are not the only ones to consider.

There are no wrong choices when traveling to French Polynesia. Each island offers a unique experience. But as more people start to travel again, many are looking for destinations where they can separate themselves from the crowds.

Here is an overview of some French Polynesian islands perfect for a vacation spot:

Austral Islands

Located nearly 400 miles south of Tahiti, The Austral Islands of French Polynesia are relatively unknown and rarely visited, as getting there is a little more work. Limited flight times can complicate logistics, but there’s a new option for travelers looking for adventure.

Cruise aboard a freighter that carries passengers on two counts. the Aranui 5 offers 103 cabins in addition to being able to transport 2,500 tonnes of freight. It’s not a luxury experience – there are no bells and whistles like casinos or Broadway shows. There is a restaurant, a swimming pool and a friendly Polynesian team.

Rurutu

Our first stop this morning, the island of Rurutu – with 2,500 inhabitants, it is one of the five inhabited Austral Islands. Beautiful beaches sure know how to grab your attention, but there’s plenty more to see here.

The island has towering limestone cliffs with caves. Ana”eo is one of the most easily accessible caves. After less than 10 minutes of walking, this is what awaits you. Lush ferns cover the ground and stalactites hang from above.

Rurutu is also home to a coffee cooperative. From drying and roasting to grinding and manual packaging, you’ll get a good idea of ​​the care that goes into coffee production on the island.

Rimatara

Rimatara Island is much smaller – you can cross the whole island on foot in about 30 minutes. Its population is just under nine hundred and about 500 endangered Rimatara lorikeets. Even if you don’t consider yourself a birdwatcher, their bright colors – they look a bit like flying rainbows – make them fun to spot in the treetops.

If you’re in the mood to just relax, Virgin’s Beach is a beautiful place to enjoy doing nothing. Just off the main road that circles the island, this is one of those places, if you start your day here you’ll probably end it here too because you won’t want to leave.

Raivavae

When most people think of French Polynesia, it is the beaches and the beautiful blue water that immediately come to mind. This is not lacking in the Australs.

The last island I want to show you this morning is Raivavae. It is sometimes called the Bora Bora of the Australs. Think soft, white sand and warm water. Divers will be very happy here and can easily spend the whole day in the water. In addition to vibrant coral, there are colorful fish.

A visit to the Austral Islands is definitely off the beaten track. It’s not for everyone, but with breathtaking scenery, travelers who wish will have the opportunity to learn more about French Polynesian culture that won’t be as readily available on some of the more popular islands. visited.

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