Shimmering like a precious Tahitian pearl in the Society Islands, Bora Bora
is a mix of luxury resorts, lush jungle, and dramatic volcanic peaks. In French Polynesia—a region that the m/s Paul Gauguin
calls home and sails year-round—this tropical port-of-call blends natural beauty, history, and outdoor adventure with by sand-fringed islets, or motus
. During an overnight stay on some itineraries, you can snorkel at Matira Beach, one of the most beautiful beaches on Earth. Then go on a 4x4 excursion to Vairou Bay at Fitiiu Point for a dose of U.S. World War II history and views of Mount Otemanu—a towering, dormant volcano at the island’s center. In the evening, watch yachts dock and sample fresh seafood from local hot spot Bloody Mary’s.