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Paradise Lives: Exploring the Islands of Tahiti

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Few places on earth conjure paradise like French Polynesia. An easy 8-hour flight from Los Angeles with just a 2-hour time difference, the birthplace of the overwater bungalow is the ultimate romantic destination and home to the world's most stunning lagoon. If you only have a week, visit Tahiti, Moorea, and Bora Bora, but if you have longer, explore beyond to Maupiti or the Tuamotus. Wherever you go, expect warm hospitality, beauty, culture, and stunning black pearls.
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Nunue, Bora Bora, Vaitape 98730, French Polynesia
Half of the overwater villas at Sofitel Bora Bora Marara Beach Resort are on the main island. The other half stretch out from a private island inside Bora Bora’s ephemeral lagoon. Because of the secluded nature of the latter and staggering vantage...
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Bora Bora is home to one of the world's most beautiful lagoons. Numerous companies offer day-trip excursions, but Lagoon Service is recommended for its well-maintained boats, friendly ukulele-playing guides, and excellent Polynesian fare. Guests...
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Mo'orea, French Polynesia
Taking a plunge from our overwater bungalow was the start to yet another perfect day. We had a great time staying at the Intercontinental Moorea with our kids. The water is spectacular for swimming, snorkeling and all kinds of watersports. We all...
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Maharepa 98728, French Polynesia
You can swim to your overwater bungalow through a magical turquoise lagoon filled with colourful tropical fish when staying at the Sofitel Moorea la Ora Resort. The lagoon here is clearer and more turquoise than anywhere else on the island, and...
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Pape'ete, French Polynesia
Sometimes, after a period of eating and lounging in paradise, a vacation needs to be broken up by an adrenaline boost. Exploring Moorea's beautiful lagoon with Moorea Jet Ski may be the ticket: There is something thrilling...
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Maupiti, French Polynesia
I love Maupiti, which is the smallest and most isolated of the Society Islands, and feels like an unblemished tropical playground, where tranquility trumps everything else and romantic love stories of deserted sparkling white-sand beaches...
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Huahine, French Polynesia
Welcome to the vagina island, no joke (the rough English translation of the word Huahine is vagina). And although no one knows exactly where the name originated, historians think it has to do with the important role women played in the island's...
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Tikehau, French Polynesia
This oval-shaped atoll in the Tuamotu island group strung across the South Pacific Ocean some 300 kilometers from Tahiti is covered in pink and China white sand and surrounded by a jaw-droppingly beautiful turquoise, jade, and cerulean hued lagoon...
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Teahupo'o, French Polynesia
Tahiti is the birthplace of surfing, and the island offers a few excellent beginner breaks as well as one of the world's most powerful waves, Teahupo'o. To hone your surfing skills, visit the Tura'I Mataare Surf School in Paea, which offers both...
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Society Islands, French Polynesia
When in Bora Bora, Tahitian pearls are a girl’s best friend. Often known as "black pearls," they actually come in all sorts of colors, including black, blue, green, and pink. Even though the pearls aren’t produced in this...
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If you’re visiting Tahiti with a large family or group of friends and hoping to surf the island’s most powerful wave, you’d be hard-pressed to find a better, more affordable place to stay than Green Room Villa. The...