The legendary island paradise passes the authenticity test with flying colours - make that azure.
From verdant island interiors to stunning blue lagoons, French Polynesia is a beauty.
A most enjoyable and relaxing experience.
Craig Tansley takes one of the planet's last combined cargo/passenger ship rides to the world's most isolated island archipelago.
French Polynesia Expedition cruise: Mangareva, Gambier Islands
Heiva allows its competitors to actually scald themselves with fire.
Stepping from our Zodiacs we are met by what seems to be the entire population of the village of just 44 inhabitants.
Mirror mirror on the wall, which is the most beautiful Polynesian island of all?
Welcome to the most beautiful place on earth, if white sand beaches, crystal clear waters and palm trees swaying in the breeze are your thing. If you're looking for paradise, your search is over. Further afield from its most photographed spot, Bora Bora, surfers flock to the great waves of Teahupoo, but you'll also discover black sand beaches, waterfall-laden mountains and a celebrated local culture.