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The Society Islands are a group of islands in the South Pacific Ocean under political rule of French Polynesia. It is made up of 14 islands dotted across nearly 1,600 square kilometres. Amazing lagoons and sea life, fascinating culture and food along with moderate weather conditions makes the Society Islands an ideal holiday and yachting destination. Located in the vast expanse of the South Pacific, far from any continent, the Islands are a much needed stopover point for sailors to get repairs done, stock up on provisions and refuel before continuing their adventures.Although all the resources for a quick visit are available, it is highly recommended that travelers don’t just drop in at the Society Islands for practical reasons. The Islands offer a fantastic tropical climate, beautiful surroundings and a lot to explore and experience.
Diverse Fauna and Flora
The mountainous shorelines of these volcanic islands are surrounded by rich coral reefs – home to 25 species of fish, including the Kuhlia malo flagtail fish – endemic to the Society Islands. Snorkeling is a great way to see the dazzling underwater seascapes and the rich sea life. The lush vegetation found on the islands is the perfect environment for the 53 Partula land snail species and the large land bird communities that occupy this strikingly beautiful destination, easily explored by hiking or cycling.
Culture and Food
Locals are happy to relay stories and legends of ancient Polynesia and to show off their cultural richness. The adventurous and young at heart can enjoy the cultural festivals where a whirlwind of activities like singing, drumming, dancing and weaving are enjoyed and the very brave can explore the sacred art of Polynesian tattooing. For those not that daring, the cuisine is an adventure in itself. Delicious curries, fresh seafood dishes and sweet grapefruits called ‘pamplemoussier’ form part of the aromatic cuisine available on the Society Islands.