The Society Islands, considered "Paradise on Earth" by savvy travelers, were explored by Captains Cook and Bligh, but they were made truly famous by the paintings of the artist, Paul Gauguin, and by the words of author, James A. Michener.
Divided into the Windward Islands (Iles du Vent), and the Leeward Islands (Iles Sous le Vent) they were given their stylish name by Captain James Cook in 1769, when he named them after England's Royal Society- and Royal islands they certainly are.
Most of these rugged islands are volcanic in origin, with a few small coral atolls mixed in. Of these, the most recognizable names are the legendary islands of Bora Bora, Huahine, Moorea and Tahiti.
For additional info about the islands of French Polynesia, and their most interesting history, go here.
Facts and Figures
Official Name Society Islands,
an island group within French Polynesia,
an overseas territory of France,
originally claimed in 1843
Capital City Papeete (27,000), with an estimated (151,500) on the island of Tahiti
Languages French (official), Tahitian (official)
Official Currency Comptoirs Francais du Pacifique franc
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Religions Protestant, Catholic, others
Land Area 1,680 sq km (650 sq miles)
Latitude/Longitude 17º 52S, 149º 56W
Highest Point Mt. Orohena at 7,350 ft. (2,241 m)
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Society Islands Large Color Map here
Society Islands Outline Map here
Bora Bora Maps here
Huahine locator Map here
Tahiti Maps here
French Polynesia Large Color Map here
French Polynesia Map CIA version here
French Polynesia Outline Map here
French Polynesia Maps at UT here
Oceania Maps here
French Polynesia (Complete) information on the (GDP) overall economy, imports and exports, resources, government, population, military, transportation, and more here
Bora Bora website here
Bora Bora webcam here
Huahine website here
Moorea website here
Tahiti tourism website here
French Polynesia website here
French Polynesia photos here
French Polynesia travel info here
Climate The summer months (November - April) are hot and humid, with many sunny days. The balance of the year is slightly cooler and drier.
Cooling trade winds buffet the islands throughout the year, and the months of June, July, August and October are widely considered to be ideal times to visit.
Frankly, there's never a bad time to travel to paradise.
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