The main public services are based around these islands, especially Papeete(Tahiti) the capital city of French Polynesia. The development of French Polynesia today originates from the Windward Islands. Tahiti, the country’s largest island is made of two volcanic massifs: Tahiti Nui with its highest peak Mount ‘Orohena (elevation: 2,241 m) and Tahiti Iti with Mount Mairenui (elevation: 1,300 m). A short ferry ride from Tahiti lies the peaceful but nonetheless enchanting Moorea with its glittering lagoon and lush, sharp mountains.
The second gem of the Society Islands is the Leeward Islands. From a geological point of view, they are older than their Windward “cousins”. They offer a more important fringing coral reef and are a little different than the other islands: mountain summits are not as sharp and have left room to the lagoon. Huahine, Raiatea and Taha’a (both circled by the same lagoon), Bora Bora and Maupiti are all neighbors and can easily be visited by either boat or plane.