South Pacific Cruises and Ports of Call
Tahiti and French Polynesia Articles and Links
Your About Guide to Hawaii and the South Pacific will show you the best places to stay and dine as well as the best things to see and do while you're vacationing in French Polynesia.
Bora Bora - Exotic Island in the South Pacific
A great name for an exotic tropical paradise. Bora Bora lives up to its name!
Bora Bora in the South Pacific - 4 x 4 Ride Into the Back Country of Bora Bora
Bora Bora is a picture-perfect island near Tahiti in the Society Island chain of the South Pacific. Cruise travelers visiting Bora Bora can find many things to do, and a 4 x 4 wheel drive ride into the back country of the island will provide some spectacular views of Bora Bora.
Moorea - Magnificent French Polynesian Island of the South Pacific
Moorea is just a few miles from Tahiti, and the French Polynesian island is truly magnificent. Cruises to the South Pacific often include a day on the island of Moorea.
Aranui 3 - Passenger Freighter from Tahiti to the Marquesas
Mega-five-page article on our adventure on the Aranui 3. This passenger freighter sails 16 times a year from Tahiti to the remote Marquesas Islands of French Polynesia. If you love the tropics, have a sense of adventure, and don't need to be constantly pampered, then you might enjoy this trip. We certainly did!
Raiatea - French Polynesian Adventure
Raiatea is one of the Society Islands in the South Pacific near Tahiti. Cruise ships sailing French Polynesia and the South Pacific often include a day (or more) on Raiatea.
Tahiti on the Renaissance R3 (Tahitian Princess)
Join the About Cruises guide on a wonderful cruise to Tahiti and French Polynesia on the Renaissance cruise ship the R3, now called the Tahitian Princess.
Huahine - French Polynesian Island and South Pacific Cruise
Huahine is one of the quieter of the Society Islands, and cruise ships sailing from Tahiti often include a day on Huahine. It's a refreshing, quieter island than bustling Papeete, Tahiti.
Moorea - French Polynesian Island
The bays at Moorea provide a spectacular backdrop for the beautiful R3. Our focus is on water activities and we have a great time on this much-photographed island.
Disembarkation and Our Final Day in Tahiti
If you're planning a cruise to paradise on the R3 or R4, here's some details about your last day on the ship and disembarkation.
A Visit to a Black Pearl Farm in French Polynesia
Black pearls are one of the main "crops" in Tahiti and French Polynesia. I've always loved pearls and found this shore excursion to be very fascinating.
French Polynesia and Marquesas Photo Album
If you are planning a cruise or dreaming of a cruise, pictures can paint a good story of a cruise experience. These photos we made in French Polynesia demonstrate the beauty of the area and the adventure we had on the Aranui 3 passenger freighter.
Tahiti and French Polynesia Photo Album
Hundreds of pictures that the About Cruises guide took while on a cruise on the Renaissance R3 to Tahiti and French Polynesia.
Hanavave Bay on the Marquesas Island of Fatu Hiva
Pictures of Hanavave Bay on the French Polynesian island of Fatu Hiva in the Marquesas
Madang, Papua New Guinea
Photos from a day ashore in Madang, Papua New Guinea, which included a visit to the BilBil village and snorkeling at Pig Island
Saipan - Northern Marianas Islands of the Pacific
Photos of Saipan taken on a day ashore from the Regent Seven Seas Voyager cruise ship, which was in Saipan for a day while enroute from Sydney to Shanghai
Iwo Jima, Japan - Site of the World War II Battle of Iwo Jima
Photos of Iwo Jima, Japan taken on a Seven Seas Voyager cruise from Sydney to Shanghai. The Seven Seas Voyager commemorated the battle of Iwo Jima with an onboard ceremony.
Pacific Princess Cruise Photos
Jill and Rick Benwell made these photos while on a cruise on the new Pacific Princess from Sydney to the South Pacific.
Cruise Reviews - South Pacific
Cruise reviews from the South Pacific and Tahiti.
Paradise on the Renaissance R3
Comprehensive description of a cruise to Tahiti and French Polynesia on the Renaissance R3.
Paul Gauguin Honeymoon Cruise of Tahiti and the South Pacific
The small luxury ship the Paul Gauguin is a perfect place for a romantic cruise to Tahiti and the South Pacific.
South Pacific Factsheets, Maps, and Travel Information
A quick one stop guide to the islands of the South Pacific with factsheets, maps and basic travel information. From the About Guide to Hawaii and the South Pacific.
Geography and Map of French Polynesia
Geography and Map of French Polynesia from the About Guide to Geography.
Surfing in Tahiti
This activity is a little strenuous for me, but some of you may be up to adding surfing to your list of "things to do" in Tahiti. From your About Guide to Surfing and Bodyboarding.
Aranui - Freighter Travel in French Polynesia
The freighter Aranui is operated by Compagnie Polynesienne de Transporte Maritime and offers cruises among the islands of French Polynesia. The 16-day trip includes stopovers in the Marquesas and Tuamotu islands.
Tahiti Tourisme - Islands Beyond the Ordinary
Official Web site of Tahiti tourism in North America. Lots of information and some wonderful photos that will be useful for planning a trip to French Polynesia, including a list of North American travel agents specializing in travel to the region.
French Polynesia - Consular Information Sheet
U.S. State Department Official information on French Polynesia. Always a "must" read before traveling.
Tips for making reservations for French Polynesia. Travel packages and general information on Tahiti.
General Information on Tahiti and Polynesia
Just what the title promises--general information on time zones, health certification, entry requirements, marriage formalities, medical care, and more.
Iti Diving International
The diving in Tahiti is spectacular. This company will help you plan your dive and books trips for different skill levels.
Lonely Planet Guide to the South Pacific
Part of the Lonely Planet series of travel guides. Excellent information to help you plan your trip to the South Seas.
Things to do and see while in Moorea.
Mama Mo's Moorea
Ever thought you'd want to stay in Paradise forever. This woman actually did, and this is her story.
Guide to Oceania and the South Pacific created and maintained by people living and working in this region.
South Pacific Organizer
Some answers to frequently asked questions about the South Pacific.
Tahaa Pearl Tour
If you are visiting French Polynesia and your cruise ship ports at Tahaa or Raiatea, you might want to take this day trip around Tahaa. It sounds like an idyllic day--a visit to a pearl farm and a vanilla farm, snorkeling, lunch at a Motu, and a cruise all around Tahaa.
A little of everything for anyone interested in Tahiti. Site includes travel information, news, and even some suggested Tahitian names.
Tahiti Nui Travel
Travel agency based in Papeete, Tahiti since 1965.
Tahiti on the R3
Check out this comprehensive review with numerous pictures of French Polynesia. Alan and Sandy Hull sailed for 10 days on the Renaissance R3.