Early explorers thought they had found paradise on earth when they came across these picture-perfect islands, and today’s travellers are no less entranced by the volcanic mountain peaks clothed in lush tropical vegetation and exotic tropical plants, the coral reefs, warm waters, white sand beaches and translucent lagoons. Add to this the warm hospitality and French flavour offered by the friendly locals, a collection of world-class resorts, spas, fine restaurants, nightclubs, vibrant markets and enticing boutiques, and you’re set for an unforgettable holiday. Whether you’re dreaming of indulging in an overwater bungalow, catching a wave at a legendary surf break or exploring a vibrant local market, tuck a tiare (Tahiti's national fragrant white flower) behind your ear, pack your pareu (sarong) and swimsuit, and head off to find your own idyllic piece of Polynesian paradise.