With a well-earned reputation as one of the most visually stunning and exotic destinations on earth, the 118 islands and atolls of French Polynesia comprise the Society, Marquesas, Tuamotu, Austral and Gambler archipelagos. Of these, the most famous are the Society, which include the magnificent islands of Tahiti, Moorea and Bora Bora. French Polynesia event venues include posh resorts with worldwide reputations that will enchant groups with incomparable beauty of endless vistas, pristine beaches, shimmering lagoons and volcanic peaks.
Considering its location in the middle of the South Pacific, French Polynesia is surprisingly accessible. Major airlines fly into Faaa International Airport (PPT) in Tahiti's capital city of Papeete, starting with daily nonstops on Air Tahiti Nui from Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), along with Air France and Air New Zealand. Hawaiian Airlines offers a weekly nonstop from Honolulu. Air Calin flies from New Caledonia, Qantas has flights from Sydney and Auckland, and Lan Chile flies from Santiago and Easter Island. Once there, the domestic airline Air Tahiti (no relation to the international carrier Air Tahiti Nui) offers inter-island flights connecting 40 islands in all five Polynesian archipelagos.
Hotel venues in French Polynesia are frequently where conferences, receptions, presentations, awards banquets, and product launches are held. Resorts that are set up to accommodate groups of up to 300 include the 150-room Le Meridien Tahiti, with 60,000 square feet of meeting space; and the 122-room Hilton Bora Bora Nui Resort & Spa, with 55,000 square feet of space.
The two official languages are French and Tahitian, but English is usually spoken at all but the smallest of venues. Currency is the Tahitian franc but credit cards are widely accepted at all major hotels, resorts and many shops. Temperatures are warm year round – November through March humid and wetter; April through October is drier. Activities in French Polynesia run the gamut from simple to heart pounding. Choose legendary surfing, a spectacular scuba dive, a glorious spa or wreath-making classes using the famed white tiare gardenia type flower. With hundreds of different land, air and sea excursions, it's a team building experience paradise, and coveted pillow gifts are the region's signature black pearls and monoi oil. Not surprisingly, destination weddings and dream honeymoons are a huge business here.