French Polynesia: Bora Bora

Nothing can prepare you for the total exotic beauty of the island of Bora Bora, French Polynesia’s incredible showpiece. This paradise offers a true taste of isolated island life, influenced by some of the best things France is known for—great food included.

Over-water bungalows of the major hotel chains are worth the splurge, and provide the perfect spot to keep an eye on the beach, the lagoon, the ocean and your book—all at the same time. Go snorkeling right off your back step, book a tour to swim with the sharks or feed the sting rays. Island-hopping is encouraged: You can’t go all this way and not experience authentic Huahine or the breathtaking inlets of Moorea. April to October is the best time to go. Visit