Hi My husband and I are going on the Dawn Princess in April. We are flying to Hawaii doing those islands and then on to Bora Bora Tahiti. Any information would be great as we know very little about tahiti Bora Bora. Any suggestions would be appreciated thanks
Your best bet is to buy a book on French Polynesia from a the travel section of a major bookstore (Borders, Barnes & Noble, etc.) or from Amazon (http://www.amazon.com
By way of background, French Polynesia is an "overseas territory" of France that consists of five archipelagos -- the Society Islands, the Marquesas Islands, the Tuamotu Islands, the Gambier Islands, and the Austral Islands -- in the tropical region of the South Pacific. The territorial capital is Papeete (pronouned "pa'-pay-ay'-tay") on the island of Tahiti, which is one of the Society Islands. IIRC, the islands of Morea and Bora Bora are also among the Society Islands. The territory also has representation (two deputies and a senator) in the French parliament.
French Polynesia has become a very popular tourist destination in recent years, perhaps partly due to inspiration from the Rogers and Hammerstein musical South Pacific
. The Polynesian people have a reputation for being quite friendly and hospitable, and there is very little crime. They also are scrupulously clean, both in their persons and in their surroundings. The official unit of currency is the Pacific Franc (PF), which was tied to the French Franc and now is tied to the Euro, but most prices seem to be quoted in hundredths of Pacific Francs (CPF). The islands are known for their pristine beauty, their lack of pollution, and their lush tropical vegetation.
Have a great cruise!