1. Bora Bora

Known as the Pearl of the Pacific, Bora Bora is one of the most breathtaking places on this planet. It is, of course, known as one of the top destinations for honeymooners who wish to find some peace and quiet to relax and enjoy time alone. Even though this island isn’t party central, there are tons of activities for those who wish to move a bit during their stay: diving, lagoon tours, hiking, parasailing and snorkelling. With an average high of 29 °C, the warm wind, the numerous islets, lagoons and white sand beaches will completely transport you. The St Regis and Four Seasons hotels are highly recommended but, of course, if you want to stay somewhere more affordable, there are tons of other options available to you.

2. Tahiti

Land of the hibiscus flower, virgin black sand beaches, and blue lagoons, Tahiti has an incredible energy that shines through the whole island. Its idyllic setting and atmosphere will leave you feeling total happiness during your stay. The capital, Pape’ete, is buzzing with life and brings together the numerous cultures of the Polynesian region. If you’re looking to enjoy some more sporty activities, 4WD tours around the island are available as well as whale-watching, boat tours, scuba diving, etc. If it’s possible, try to book your stay in July to experience Heiva, Tahiti’s most famous festival. This one-month celebration showcases the best of the country’s culture, past and heritage. You’ll get to experience something that is totally unique to this incredible region.

3. Rangiroa

Up. #up #waltdisney #rangiroa #frompanamatotahiti #catamaran #tuamotus #tahiti

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Rangiroa might not be as popular as romantic Bora Bora or joyous Tahiti but it is well worth the trip. It is one of the biggest atolls (a ring-shaped coral reef encircling a lagoon) in the world which makes it geographically incredible and an incredible site for divers (do be warned though that there aren’t many beaches here). You might think that this island doesn’t have much to offer since you probably never heard of it but this is absolutely false. The island has a vibrant city center since most locals consider this island as a big city, it has paved roads, a few overwater bungalow resorts right on the water and excellent dining. Whether you plan to stay there a whole week or just stay here for a few nights while you island hop around the Polynesian islands, you’ll definitely enjoy the magnificent views and if you’re a big fan of diving, your heart will be absolutely filled.

4. Moorea

Paradise ❤️

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Another underrated but incredible South Pacific destination is Moorea. Located next to Tahiti (ten nautical miles to be exact), this island has a laid-back and friendly atmosphere perfect for travellers looking to immerse themselves in a great culture. From couples to families to adventurers, everyone will have a great time exploring the island. The aqua and turquoise waters that surround the lush green mountain peaks and calm bays contribute to the wonder of this place. Snorkelling, ray feeding, whale watching, visit pineapple plantations, biking around the island and 4×4 Jeep tours are some of the activities you can do with your loved ones on this island. Moorea has many resorts, some are more like the typical ones of Bora Bora and Tahiti but you can also find more affordable guesthouses and pensions if that’s more your style.  

5. Hiva Oa

“Some people long for a life that is simple and planned Tied with a ribbon Some people won't sail the sea 'cause they're safer on land To follow what's written But I'd follow you to the great unknown Off to a world we call our own Hand in my hand And we promised to never let go We're walking a tightrope High in the sky We can see the whole world down below We're walking a tightrope Never sure, never know how far we could fall But it's all an adventure That comes with a breathtaking view Walking a tightrope With you (ooh) Mountains and valleys, and all that will come in between Desert and ocean You pulled me in and together we're lost in a dream Always in motion So I risk it all just to be with you And I risk it all for this life we chose Hand in my hand And you promised to never let go We're walking a tightrope High in the sky We can see the whole world down below We're walking a tightrope Never sure, will you catch me if I should fall? Well, it's all an adventure That comes with a breathtaking view Walking a tightrope With you (ooh)…” – The Greatest Showman 🤗❤️ • • • • • • • • • • #vsco #vscocam #vscogood #vscogram #lovequotes #lovesong #peaceful #blessed #islandlife #healthyliving #sunbeam #silouhette #ocean #staysalty #saltyair #perspective #newyear #nature #beautiful #wanderlust

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Hiva Oa might not be a stone’s throw away from Tahiti or Bora Bora but this magical island located in the Marquesas Islands of French Polynesia is an amazing place to visit. The island does have an airport so you can be quickly whisked there without any problems. If you enjoy feeling worry-free and you prefer living the simple life than the luxurious life, this is the island for you. Things are slow here and no one is in any hurry to go anywhere. But, if you’re the kind of person who gets bored after a few days, you can also go visit the Paul Gauguin Cultural Space, the Jacques Brel Center and some of the most incredible archaeological sites in the world. It is no wonder the famous Belgian singer Jacques Brel and the French painter Paul Gauguin loved to escape to this peaceful place. With stable 29 °C temperatures all year, one could say that Hiva Oa rhymes with paradise.    

6. Rurutu

End of the day 👌🏻 #rurutu #tahitianvibes

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Fans of geology will be incredibly pleased when they step onto this wonderful island. Limestone cliffs, caves, jungles and lush lands make this the island spectacular… And different from many of the typical French Polynesian islands. If you’re here thinking you’ll relax, stay in overwater bungalows and stroll on white sand beaches all day, think again. This South Pacific atoll is not filled with beaches but adventure lovers won’t be bored. This is the best place to swim with humpback whales since they are often spotted with their newborn calves from June to October and explore limestone caves that are sprinkled all over the island. With only three small villages, Rurutu has no hotels but does offer pensions run by wonderful people who love their island. This makes your whole experience much more personal and authentic.