French Polynesia’s Society Islands have attracted visitors ever since English explorer Captain James Cook first landed on the shores of Tahiti in 1769. But it is 20th century cinema that revealed Bora Bora and Mo’orea as the most romantic islands in the world.
Created eons ago by volcanoes, the Society Islands of French Polynesia have evolved into the dreamy landscapes of soft mountains covered by lush jungle greenery, silky white coral sand beaches and crystalline lagoons of South Seas fantasies
Craggy volcanic cliffs soaring from the South Seas at the far end of the word, the sparsely inhabited islands of the Marquesan archipelagos retain their lost-in-time mystique.
Wild mountains soaring in brooding isolation from a cobalt sea, the Marquesas are magnificent. Through the centuries, the islands have attracted many an escapee from western “civilization”, and their siren song can still be heard today.
Experiencing the magic of the Islands of Tahiti aboard the M/S Paul Gauguin.
For a majority of visitors to French Polynesia, the adventure begins with a stopover in the capital city of Papeete on the island of Tahiti, where the luxury InterContinental Tahiti Resort and Spa is an ideal launching pad to a magical South Seas archipelago experience.
In the midst of rolling highlands on the southeastern border of the Serengeti National Park, the three million year old Ngorongoro crater is all that remains of a once massive volcano.
I am working my way westward, following an itinerary commonly known as Tanzania’s Southern Circuit; great swaths of stunning wilderness spread across the southern part of the country. The largest of its national parks are located here, teaming with game. Yet, due to the lack of tourism infrastructure, it is a place that most of the three quarter of a million yearly visitors to Tanzania never see.