To the first navigators as to Gaugin, the first encounter with French Polynesia conveyed the true meaning of the word "paradise". The Tahitian people, the unique quality of the light and the multihued water, all radiate the same magic. Polynesia's spirit, it's Mana, filters through the sheer beauty of the surroundings and the smiling faces of its people. More stock images from Tahiti and Polynesia available. Tahiti photography by Tim McKenna.