Surface:The total land area of French Polynesia is 3,660 sq km.
Population: French Polynesia has about 279,000 (July 2007) inhabitants, comprising Polynesians, the Chinese, and the local and metropolitan French.
System of government: French Polynesia is a dependent territory.
Capital: Papeete, the capital of French Polynesia, has a population of 26,200.
Religion: Protestants and Roman Catholics constitute majority of the population.
Official Language: The two official languages are French and Polynesian.
Government: French Polynesia is a dependent territory.
Climate: The country experiences a tropical climate, which is largely moderate.
Units of measure and electricity: French Polynesia follows the metric system and the electricity unit is 110 V/220 V and 50 Hz.
Time Zone: The standard time is GMT – 10.
Currency: Comptoirs Francais du Pacifique Franc (1 € = 119.33 XPF).
Travel documents required: Apart from Americans, UK nationals, Canadians, New Zealanders and the Irish, visitors from other countries require a valid visa for visiting.
The hotel we stayed in was the only one on the motu (Sofitel Motu)one had to take a boat to get to the property. Over water bungalows were beautiful. You never wanted to leave your room. We took a boat over to s little market where we purchased freshly baked bread, cheeses and coconut ice cream for our coffee. Jumping off your own deck into crystal clear water and watching the most glorious sunrises was a highlight of our memories. So much beauty to behold my eyes ached.
Don't be discouraged if you arrive to a huge storm, in 5 minutes the sun comes back even hotter. It's beautiful, you must go once in your life!! Pack immediatly, those who can, and ...... Enjoy your trip. PS: it's best to take a waterproof suitcase rather than an umbrella, it will be more useful, and a lot of T-shirts with short sleeves and sandals on your feet. Bye-bye.