French Polynesia is a great place for solo women. Local women are very much a part of public life in the region, and it’s not unusual to see Polynesian women out drinking beer together or walking alone, so you will probably feel pretty comfortable following suit.
It is a sad reality that women are still required to exercise care, particularly at night, but this is the case worldwide. As with anywhere in the world, give drunks and their beer breath a wide berth.
Perhaps it’s the locals getting their own back after centuries of European men ogling Polynesian women, but there is reportedly a ‘tradition’ of Peeping Toms in French Polynesia, mainly in the outer islands. Take special care in places that seem to offer opportunities for spying on guests, particularly in the showers, and make sure your room is secure and locked at night.