For many, Polynesia is the journey of a lifetime. Between turquoise waters and lush nature, we are very close to the definition of Paradise. However, Polynesia remains relatively untouched by mass tourism. You could almost think of the territory as off the beaten track. Every year, only about 200,000 tourists tread the fine sands of the beautiful beaches of this idyllic territory, as much as in Hawaii in a month.
Polynesia is great: there are five archipelagos, comprising a hundred and eighteen islands, of which sixty-seven are inhabited, with more than five hours of flight between the southernmost airport in the Southern Archipelago, and the northernmost one in the Marquesas. It is therefore not surprising that Wallis, Cook and Bougainville discovered Tahiti only at the end of the 18th century. Under the aegis of the Pomare dynasty, the kingdom of Tahiti was quickly colonized. Between forced conversion to Protestantism, a ban on dance deemed too provocative and the banishment of languages, Polynesian culture, which is an oral culture, has failed to die out. However, thanks to some very invested people, such as Makau Foster with dance, Ma'ohi culture is even booming!