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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

arrow Official Name Society Islands,
an island group within French Polynesia,
an overseas territory of France,
originally claimed in 1843

arrow Population 221,000

arrow Capital City Papeete (27,000), with an estimated (151,500) on the island of Tahiti

arrow Flag here

arrow Languages French (official), Tahitian (official)

arrow Official Currency Comptoirs Francais du Pacifique franc

arrow Currency Converter here

arrow Religions Protestant, Catholic, others

arrow Land Area 1,680 sq km (650 sq miles)

arrow Latitude/Longitude 17º 52S, 149º 56W

arrow Highest Point Mt. Orohena at 7,350 ft. (2,241 m)



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arrow Society Islands Large Color Map here

arrow Society Islands Outline Map here

arrow Bora Bora Maps here

arrow Huahine locator Map here

arrow Tahiti Maps here

arrow French Polynesia Large Color Map here

arrow French Polynesia Map CIA version here

arrow French Polynesia Outline Map here

arrow French Polynesia Maps at UT here

arrow Oceania Maps here

Suggested Links

arrow French Polynesia (Complete) information on the (GDP) overall economy, imports and exports, resources, government, population, military, transportation, and more here

arrow Bora Bora website here

arrow Bora Bora webcam here

arrow Huahine website here

arrow Moorea website here

arrow Tahiti tourism website here

arrow French Polynesia website here

arrow French Polynesia photos here

arrow French Polynesia travel info here

arrow 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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