Many have fallen in love with these tropical islands, feelings encouraged by the vivid descriptions of writers like Robert Louis Stevenson, Somerset Maughan and James A Michener.

The stamps of this beautiful place also tempt a visit with their colours and subjects. The islands are mainly extinct volcanoes with high peaks and lush valleys, surrounded by coral reefs and atolls.

Archaeology suggests humans first inhabited around AD300. The population is about 170,000 and remains an overseas territory of France with no prospect for independence on the horizon

French Polynesia