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Discover more about the French Overseas destinations and win trips and treats

Find out more about these fascinating parts of the world and win a trip to the French Caribbean islands of Guadeloupe and Martinique, or a Tahiti pearl!

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The exotic French long-haul destinations make for some diverse and wonderful winter-sun options, spread across three oceans.

 

There are 12 destinations in total, including Reunion Island in the Indian Ocean, The Islands of Guadeloupe and Martinique in the French Caribbean and The Islands of Tahiti and New Caledonia in the South Pacific.

 

Each destination boasts a unique and well-preserved environment, along with a wonderful and pleasant tropical climate all year round.


Travellers will also discover remarkable biodiversity with four sites listed as World Heritage by Unesco among the destinations, including the Fakarava atoll, 15,000km² of coral reef in New Caledonia, the Marae Taputapuatea in Raiatea, French Polynesia, and the pitons, cirques and ramparts of Reunion Island.


Your clients will be able to choose from a wide range of accommodation, connections by air that are ideal for international tourists and all the comforts and the level of service you would expect to find in France.

 

And what’s more, YOU will now be able to check out some of the destinations yourself, thanks to Atout France!

 

The prizes include:

For a chance to win any of these great prizes, simply read the information below, then follow the link to enter at the end.

 

And for plenty more tips and information on the French long-haul destinations, go to Atout France’s UK & Ireland dedicated trade website, encapsulatefrance.com.

 

The French Caribbean

The French Caribbean

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Guadeloupe is made up of five islands and these include the star of the show, majestic Basse-Terre, covered with rainforest and home to Guadeloupe National Park, topped by La Soufriere volcano. The island of Grande-Terre is a vast limestone plateau with plenty of magnificent white sandy beaches, while south of here are other island gems such as La Desirade, Les Saintes, and Marie-Galante.

 

You could also go on the look-out for locations used in the filming of BBC TV series, Death in Paradise, which is made in Guadeloupe. And opening this November, look out for The Arawak Hotel on the beach in Gosier, Grande-Terre.

 

Over on Martinique, visitors will discover verdant summits and extraordinary dive sites such as Le Rocher du Diamant or those in the bay of Saint-Pierre. Hikers will be thrilled with plenty of natural sites and the ascent of Montagne Pelee, an active volcano in the north.

 

Martinique also provides the ideal conditions for watersports and even canyoning in the wild waters. And for those looking to relax, there is more than 350km of coastline peppered with superb beaches.

The South Pacific

The South Pacific

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Here in the South Pacific, you can enjoy the cultures and experiences of New Caledonia and the iconic beauty of The Islands of Tahiti.

 

New Caledonia has one main island Grande Terre, the Loyalty Islands to the east and Isle of Pines to the south and above all, the nation boasts a 24,000km² lagoon, the largest in the world, listed by Unesco and a giant aquatic playground.

 

Among the islands, you will find fine white beaches, red deserts, lush rainforests, verdant mountains and exceptional flora and fauna, including countless native species. New Caledonia is also a mix of cultures, such as the Bushmen, the Stockmen, and Kanak. When it comes to suggesting somewhere to stay, the Sheraton New Caledonia Deva Spa and Golf Resort has an ideal beachfront location on the west coast.

 

The Islands of Tahiti is surrounded by pristine, blue waters, where 118 islands and atolls offer natural beauty, authentic culture, and unique French Polynesian style. Visitors will be wowed by the whale watching here, especially between July and November, when Rurutu in the Austral Islands becomes a prime observation area. And of course, the destination is known for overwater bungalows, which were first launched here 50 years ago and are a stunning feature of many resorts.

 

One of the destination’s other key attractions is Taputapuatea marae, a sacred site on Raiatea which was given World Heritage status by Unesco this year. And above all, visitors will experience “Mana”, which Tahitians feel is a life force and spirit that surrounds and connects all living things, hence their saying “Embraced by Mana”.

The Indian Ocean

The Indian Ocean

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Combining faraway exoticism with the safety of being a region of France, Reunion Island lies 11 hours from Paris.

 

Unesco has classified part of the island as World Heritage listed thanks to its abundant natural treasures, of which a highlight is seeing Piton de la Fournaise.

 

Born an incredible 530,000 years ago, it sits alongside the Piton des Neiges and between them they make up the volcanic massif of the island. From its 2,631m peak, this effusive volcano is one of the most active on Earth and its lava flows are always a great spectacle. When it is not erupting, it is possible to walk to the summit, or descend into the crater itself.

 

Other natural attractions in Reunion Island that will attract visitors include watching humpback whales in the wild, the island's stunning 22km turquoise lagoon and 30km of black and sand beaches.

How to enter

In celebration of the exotic choice and beauty of the French longhaul destinations, you could win one of the fantastic prizes from Auberge de la Vieille Tour, Des Hotels et des Iles, Karibea Hotels and Tahiti Tourism. All you have to do is find the answers to these simple questions...

  • Which popular BBC detective drama series is filmed in Guadeloupe?
  • What is the name of the active volcano in the north of Martinique?
  • How tall is the peak of Piton de la Fournaise on Reunion Island?
  • When were overwater bungalows first launched in The Islands of Tahiti?
  • What is the name of the main island in New Caledonia?

Once you know the answers - enter now!

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