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French Polynesia may be like the promised land, with sparkling lagoons and spectacular peaks, but there, more than eye-catching things. For example, what is the difference between Tahiti and French Polynesia? How many islands make up this country? What kind of country is this, and what connects with the French Government? This is what you may not know.


1. It’s made up of 118 islands and 5 archipelagos

Although we often call the entire island group Tahiti, it is actually just one of many islands that make up French Polynesia. Tahiti is divided into Tahiti Nui and the smaller southeastern part, Tahiti Iti. Home to nearly 70% of the French Polynesia population, the island is part of an archipelago called the Social Islands. Popular islands, such as Bora Bora and Moorea, are part of French Polynesia, but not Tahiti.

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2. There are 13 letters in the Tahitian alphabet

The Tahiti alphabet has all the Latin vowel sounds - a, e, i, o and u - but only eight consonants - f, h, m, n, p, r, t, etc. Tahiti language is completely oral until the early 19th century. You may wonder how Bora Bora Bora has a name without a b? It is actually pronounced as the village of Pora Pora, but perhaps those who arrived early heard it wrong and since then is Bora Bora.

3. The overwater bungalow was created in French Polynesia

These islands are actually houses of wooden houses on the water. The first was created in the 60s on Moorea Island.

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4. Tahitian letterboxes are actually for bread deliveries

Which mailboxes outside some houses? They are not the letters they use for bread! There is no residential mail delivery, so residents must go to the post office to collect their mail.

5. French Polynesia is home to the most photographed isle in the South Pacific

A short distance from Bora Bora is Motu Tapu, which is said to be the most photographed island in the South Pacific. Surrounded by pristine white sand and turquoise lagoon, it used to be the private retreat of Queen Polynesia Pomare IV.

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6. The word “tattoo” comes from Tahiti

This word comes from Tahiti from tatau. It thinks from 1500 BC. Tattoos have been an integral part of Tahiti society and the ancient Polynesia history is larger and is often a symbol of rank, wealth, tribe or family group.

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7. It’s home to the world’s only coral atoll vineyard

Who would have thought you could grow grapes on coral islands? The French, of course! Vin Du Tahiti of Jac Dominique Auroy winery is located on Rangiroa Island, a coral island in the Tuamotu archipelago. French Polynesia wines only have wine labels.

8. There are no poisonous snakes

Fact: no poisonous snakes in French Polynesia, or poisonous insects. You can get a few flies or sand flies, but none of these creatures go out to kill you.

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9. There’s a strong Chinese history

Polynesians in France The Chinese population recently celebrated 150 years on the islands. About 300 Chinese people came from Hong Kong in 1865 to work on cotton fields and on coffee and sugar plantations. Today, about 12% of the population in French Polynesia is Chinese.

10. The Tiare Apetahi flower only grows on one island

This fragrant white flower is usually worn behind the ears by both men and women and somewhat mysterious. Tiare Apetahi only grows on Raiatea island on Temehani mountain. No one has ever replanted it successfully anywhere else in the world.

French Polynesian

11. French Polynesia is an overseas country of France

The islands were originally their own kingdom with the royal family until the French merger in 1880. Now it is considered a semi-autonomous territory of France, although the French French government covers the problems. like law enforcement, property, and citizenship.

12. There’s a Catholic Church made out of coral

Fakarava Island is a protected atoll and has the second largest lagoon in the Tuamotu Islands. It is also home to one of the oldest Catholic churches in Polynesia, Jean de la Croix. The church interior is made entirely from coral.

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