Inhibitions fade and walls come down when you find yourself in a place where worldly troubles feel long gone—like on Tahiti and its islands. Sometimes, the best thing about going so far away from home is making new friends to share your paradise with. A motu is a privately owned island in French Polynesia, and there are dozens and dozens of them in the Society Islands archipelago. But because they are private, you can’t get there on your own. With Paul Gauguin, Motu Mahana is a certain stop. You might be happy on deck, but these motus feel like paradise on earth, and the fresh coconut water, coconut cocktails, and poisson cru (local sashimi specialty) are all there waiting for you.
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