"La couleur surtout et peut-être plus encore que le dessin est une libération", a affirmé un jour le peintre Henri Matisse qui séjourna trois mois à Tahiti, en 1930, poussant même son exploration jusqu'aux atolls d'Apataki et de Fakarava. Il y fut, irrémédiablement, marqué par la luminosité si particulière des paysages de nos îles et de leur cortège de bleus. Une couleur à la présence obstinée qui libéra un nouvel élan créatif chez ce grand révolutionnaire de la peinture. Nos

visiteurs n’échappent pas à cette sensation de libération, l’admiration devant ces bleus si intenses ayant quasiment l’effet d’une thérapie. Surtout pour ceux qui viennent de contrées où règne la grisaille de longs hivers. Intense, voire violent, ce "Bleu qui fait mal aux yeux" - titre plein d'à-propos d'un recueil de nouvelles sur la Polynésie française écrit par Alex du Prel - est la couleur reine de nos 118 îles, dispersées sur une surface océanique de 5,5 millions de Km2.

"The color is mostly, and maybe, even more than the drawing, a liberation" once said painter Henri Matisse, who spent three months in Tahiti, in 1930, and even pursued his explorations to the atolls of Fakarava and Apataki. When there, he was inevitably influenced by the scenery and by the so particular luminosity of our islands and their parade of blue tones. A color, with an obstinate presence, that encouraged a new creative impulse to this great revolutionary painter. A therapy and an energy, which our visitors can not miss, as they are in constant awe in front of these so intense and so striking blue colors, especially those visitors coming from areas dominated by the dullness of long winters. Intense, if not violent, this "Blue that Hurts our Eyes" - the very relevant title of a collection of short stories about French Polynesia written by Alex du Prel - is the queen of colors in our 118 islands, scattered over an ocean surface of 5.5 millions Km2. Land is therefore rare in the middle of this oceanic “Big Blue”. And, somewhere between Land and Ocean, there is here, another particular universe of which Polynesia is a privileged observation spot: the universe of the lagoons, these specific marine areas, which owe everything to such great ocean builders, that is coral. Through the construction over thousands of years of natural barriers, these living organisms created the borders that separating the world of the high seas and that of the lagoons with their multicolor magic. Most of the thirty "high" islands sites in the country are surrounded by a coral reef and French Polynesia also has 83 coral islands or atolls. There, a thin ring of coral separates the ocean from lagoons of all sizes and all configurations. Dominant scenery in our islands, by the vital resources they provide to the people, these lagoon areas extend over a 12,900km2 area. This represents more than 4 times the surface of all land above water. A bouquet of colors and lights is on display there, which the visitor will never tire of admiring. A constantly renewed show at the origin of place with names as evocative as the "Blue Lagoon" in Rangiroa, the "Green Lagoon" in Ahe of the "Swimming Pool Motu" in Raivavae. But what are the secrets of these waters, which appear to their admirers sometimes crystal-like, sometimes blue, sometimes green, sometimes dark ?

CEUX QUI VOYAGENT DANS NOS ÎLES NE PEUVENT MANQUER D’ÊTRE ENCHANTÉS PAR LA «  SYMPHONIE  » DE BLEUS SE DÉPLOYANT À TRAVERS LEURS PAYSAGES. MONDE ESSENTIELLEMENT MARITIME AVEC SA SUCCESSION DE LAGONS, SES LITTORAUX ET SON OCÉAN CHANGEANT, TAHITI PROPOSE UNE PALETTE DE COULEURS QUI N'A NUL ÉQUIVALENT DE PAR LE MONDE. DÉCOUVRONS ENSEMBLE LES INGRÉDIENTS DE CETTE RECETTE UNIQUE.

THOSE WHO TRAVEL IN OUR ISLANDS CANNOT HELP TO BE CHARMED BY THE SPECTACLE OFFERED BY THE SYMPHONY IN BLUE UNFOLDING WITHIN OUR SCENERY. AN ESSENTIALLY MARITIME WORLD WITH ITS SUCCESSION OF LAGOONS, ITS SHORES AND ITS EVER- CHANGING OCEAN, TAHITI OFFERS A PALETTE OF COLORS, WHICH HAS NO EQUIVALENT IN THE WORLD. LET US DISCOVER TOGETHER THE INGREDIENTS OF THIS UNIQUE RECIPE.

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VUE DU LAGON DE L'ÎLE DE BORA BORA / View oF The lAgooN oF BorA BorA islANd

VUE DU LAGON DE L'ÎLE DE RAIATEA / View oF The lAgooN oF rAiATeA islANd

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