In the heart of French Polynesia, Tahiti fervently clings to its ancient myths. It is the gateway to the entrancing Society Islands: Moorea, Huahine, Raiatea, Tahaa and Bora Bora. The Tuamotu atolls, specks of white sands and coconut palms, enclose lagoons straight out of a dream. Further away, the Marquesas, painted by Gauguin, dis-close a wild and wonderful landscape and sacred valleys. This guide reveals the culture, the history and customs of this southerly garden of Eden. Sightseeing, dining and shopping tips with fold-out map and full-colour photographs.