Bora Bora, French Poly­ne­sia

‘Ex­otic’ di­aled up to 11

Action Asia - - ISLANDS -

The word ‘Tahiti’ is enough to trans­port the mind to a place where iri­des­cent la­goons en­cir­cle is­lands that rear im­prob­a­bly to rocky for­est-draped ram­parts. The imag­i­na­tion does not de­ceive. The dra­matic is­land bear­ing that fa­mous name – home to the cap­i­tal of French Poly­ne­sia, Papeete – is pic­turesque enough. But when you travel fur­ther out among the So­ci­ety Is­lands, things just keep get­ting bet­ter and bet­ter. The first sight of Moorea, or Bora Bora es­pe­cially, is enough to in­vite dis­be­lief, look­ing as though they will up-end at any mo­ment, their tow­er­ing rock pyra­mids tip­ping them over into the azure wa­ters. There are places to stay to suit all bud­gets but clearly the best seats in the house are taken by the over-wa­ter vil­las of the big-name re­sort chains.

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