French Polynesia and its main island Tahiti lie in the southeastern Pacific, 4,000 kms southeast of Hawaii and 6,500 kms southwest of Los Angeles. Tahiti shares Hawaii’s time zone (two hours behind California).
Attractions include the stunning landscapes of Tahiti, Moorea, and Bora Bora, the archaeological wonders of Huahine, the unspoiled Polynesian life of Raiatea and Taha’a, the drift diving of Rangiroa, and the mystery of the Marquesas.
Many people think of Tahiti as somewhere far away on the other side of the globe, but it’s only 7.5 hours from Los Angeles; since it takes about five hours to fly from Los Angeles to Hawaii, the flight to Tahiti is only 2.5 hours longer. Seven airlines fly to Papeete.
Around 68% of the 225,000 French Polynesia’s people are Polynesian. The rest are a blend of European, Chinese, and various combinations of the three.