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Nature of French Polynesia - national parks and reserves for active recreation

The amazing nature of French Polynesia has glorified the islands as a piece of paradise. The forests, beaches, lagoons and mountains of the country, as well as its amazing fish, birds and animals, attract travelers tired of cities. The wonderful waterfall Faautau in the forest on the island of Tahiti offers you an opportunity to relax and refresh yourself. Tropical butterflies flutter here, but there are many not very pleasant insects too, like the mosquitoes. Under the waterfall is a lagoon with clear water. The tall waterfall of Faarumai in the tropics of Aryu is captivating in its freshness and is good for visiting during the heat. In Afareaitu, there is also an incredibly beautiful waterfall bearing the name of the region, but it should be approached very carefully because of slippery stones.
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You can relax by the calm water in Tahiti, in Taravao. There is located the gulf of Veyma. During the heat, locals often bathe here. Huge eels live in the depths. The famous Cape Point Venus is one of the most interesting places on the island, from where James Cook observed the planet Venus. Nearby is located a clean black beach, on which local children fly kites. On the Marquesas Islands, on Fatu Hiva, there is the wonderful Dev Bay with the purest water. Fatu Hiva is one of the most beautiful islands of French Polynesia with endless valleys, steep cliffs and quiet villages.
On a hot day, you can stroll along the fresh Polynesian tropical gardens. Harrison Smith’s botanical garden in Tahiti is full of flowers and vines. The large trees create a pleasant shade, and quite friendly turtles also live here. In Taravo, there are quiet and peaceful Water Gardens with small waterfalls and many water plants. Walking among the greenery and hills of the garden with the name “Park Eden” on Huahine will really give you the feeling of paradise. Nevertheless, it is better and more useful to follow the example of local residents and other tourists, and go round it on a bike. Copyright www.orangesmile.com
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There are two wonderful turtle reserves on the islands of French Polynesia: the “Turtle Conservation Center” on Tahaa and the “Turtle Center” on Bora Bora. Both reserves have noble goals: workers do not keep animals in captivity for the pleasure of visitors, but take care of the sick or wounded turtles found and then subsequently release them into the wild. You can chat here with these cute animals, feed them, and learn about their species, life and behavior. In Bora Bora, there is the beach “Leopard Rays Trench” covered with white sand where you can swim among corals. There are also a lot of big harmless stingrays in the water. They are not afraid of people, and can even be touched. Often times also, harmless sharks swim here.
Mountain lovers are advised to visit the island of Moorea, where the Magic Mountain is located, with a wonderful view of the lagoon. The mountain is surrounded by dense rainforest, and the road to the top is winding and steep; therefore, climbing to the summit may seem very difficult to the inexperienced mountain climber. It is better to come here early in the morning, when the sun is not yet so scorching. Also, on the island of Huahine there is a high mountain, Taita, immersed in greenery. Those who do not dare to climb it can enjoy its greatness from below, because the view of the mountain is no less picturesque, than it is from up there.
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In Tahiti there is the Maraa grotto, a wonderful place to relax and swim in the cool clear blue water, surrounded by flowers and ferns. Sometimes eels swim here. Cave lovers can make for the cliffs on Rurut. Here, tourists will find about three dozen ancient limestone caves and grottoes above the boundless ocean. Locals know a lot of legends about this place, one of which tells about a monster from a cave abducting children. Several children managed to escape, and later people who came to the caves found wicker baskets there, which the locals liked so much that they themselves learned to weave. In one of the caves called Otar, the Polynesian king hid sacred objects in the 19th century.
In the center of the island of Bora Bora, rises Mount Otemanu, which is in fact a long extinct volcano. The magnificence of the mountain is difficult to describe. What is certain is that it would be difficult to imagine this island without it. You can book a flight over the island by helicopter here to look at its beauty from a different angle. Camping in the tropics will not be complete without visiting the forest. The best choice for this is Mount Pahia, surrounded by large trees. The forest and the green mountain, which was a volcano, perfectly and harmoniously complement each other. It is incredibly easy to breathe here, and it leaves you with the feeling that you do not want to leave this place at all.
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The Largest Observation Wheel in the World Opens in Dubai

The addition of the 250-meter observation wheel is in line with the emirate’s vision to become one of the major tourist and entertainment hubs in the world. At Ain Dubai, tourists can enjoy various activities. They can see the mesmerizing city views day or night from luxurious event cabins or family-friendly cabins, enjoy fine dining, make parties or romantic dates. The observation wheel will have a grand opening with more details to be revealed soon. Overall, the new attraction should bring more visitors to Dubai – this is what the emirate’s leaders are accounting for. Read this

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Cultural sights in regions of French Polynesia

Papeete
The Vaima Center is considered to be the main shopping area of the city. However apart from numerous stores and boutiques tourists will find several landmarks there as well. Among them travelers will discover the Cathedral of Notre Dame of Papeete. Its construction was held in the second part of the 19th century. The religious building was as well severely damaged with ruinous natural disasters the city has survived in. The last scale reconstruction of the Cathedral was finished twenty years … Read more
Vaiare
First Europeans appeared on the island in 1606, but it was not until the 18th century that first settlers landed on Mo’orea. Famous explorers James Cook and Samuel Wallis were among first people who visited the island. The island attracted not only sailors and adventurers but also scientists. For example, Charles Darwin was exploring the region for his works and studied the formation of coral atolls near Mo’orea. The island became increasingly popular with ordinary tourists once the … Read more
Moorea
The center runs fascinating entertainment programs and shows starring the cutest sea animals, making it especially popular with tourists that travel with their kids. There are also several unique religious attractions on the island, including the famous Papetoai Temple. Located in the village of the same name, the temple was built in the first half of the 19th century. Papetoai is situated in the place where a large marae (pagan sacred ground) once stood. Here you can still find several … Read more
Manihi
It’s essential to point out that despite the fact there is almost nothing left from the original Polynesian settlements, there are still a few maraes on Manihi. The word marae can be translated as «a flat area, cleared of weeds». However, it’s actually a small rectangle bordered with stones. There were statues of gods in the corners in the former days, unfortunately, they haven’t survived until today, so now there are just rectangular and multistage ahus that used to be central stones … Read more
Tahiti Island
There are not so many museums on the island, but all of them are worth to visit. First of all, make tracks for the art museum dedicated to the life and works of Paul Gauguin in Tahiti. The museum is located very near to Papeete, just 5 km far from it, on the skirts of Papeari village, directly across from the Harrison W. Smith Botanical Garden. The museum stands on the place where the artist’s house used to be. You will easily find this Japanese-styled building. Here you will have an … Read more

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