You may recognize the aquamarine waters, white beaches, and lush mountains of French Polynesia from a desktop wallpaper. But get out from behind your computer and go see it in real life. More than 100 islands make up French Polynesia, located about 8.5 hours from LAX in the South Pacific, so there’s plenty to see and love. Once you land in Tahiti’s capital of Papeete, you can explore or take a ferry ride or quick flight to islands like Mo’orea or Bora Bora, leaving reality far behind.
Author Greta Rose Evans has a soft spot for Tahiti and the other islands in French Polynesia. On her last trip, Greta Rose focused on spending quality time in the ocean to get a better understanding of marine conservation. “I wanted to see with my own eyes what happened beneath the surface, and how our daily habits impact the ocean in a huge way.” We caught up with Greta Rose to get her insider tips. Based on our conversation, we have at least nine reasons to make French Polynesia your next tropical getaway.