Society Archipelago is home to some of the most popular islands in French Polynesia. Divided into two groups, the Windward Islands, which consists of Mehetia, Tahiti, Tetiaroa, Moorea and Maiao; and the Leeward Islands, which is made up of Huahine, Raiatea, Tahaa, Bora Bora, Tupai, Maupiti, Mopelia, Motu One, Manuae.
The Tuamotus is located in the eastern part of Tahiti and is composed of 78 atolls with one raised coral atoll, the Makatea, and a large number of coral reefs. The most visited atolls are Rangiroa, Tikehau and Fakarava. The black pearl farming is common in the lagoon, considered as one of the treasures of the archipelago.
The Marquesas Islands or the Land of Men or Enua Enata or Henua Enana are a group of volcanic islands with the peak of Mount Oave as the highest point. The Marquesas Islands represent the cradle of Ma’ohi (Polynesian) civilization. It is also one of the most remote group in the world, sitting aroud 852 miles from northeast of Tahiti.
The Australes Islands or Tuha'a Pae is composed of 5 principal high islands: Rurutu, Tubuai, Rimatara and Raivavae. The inhabitants are known for their fibre weaving skills producing beautiful hats, mats and bags. Two of the islands are still uninhabited, the Maria and the Marotiri Rocks.
The Gambiers Archipelago or Mangareva Islands were discovered in 1797 by the British captain James Wilson. Catholic missionaries were sent by the Vatican to prevent the Polynesians from the Protestant pastor’s influence. The islands are very rich in lush vegetation and fruit trees.