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TRAVEL GUIDE: FRENCH POLYNESIA

A combination of wild beauty, French-accented culture and island attitude, French Polynesia is home to Tahiti, Moorea, Bora Bora and more. All the islands combined are smaller than the size of Rhode Island, but a huge warmth radiates from the people that inhabit this small space. So stay in an over-water bungalow with the lagoon lapping below you, purchase Tahiti's famed black pearls or go to one of the area's world-class spas, all with the warm sun at your back.

TOP 10 ROMANTIC DESTINATIONS
Tahiti
Deep valleys, clear streams, and high waterfalls make Tahiti a picture-perfect destination and help explain why its intimate resorts, small peaceful villages and miles of quiet pristine beaches are considered the best places in the world for  "alone time." True romance is an over-water bungalow and there are plenty to choose from here.

Papeete Harbor in Tahiti

Le Meridien Bora Bora

TOP 10 HONEYMOON HOTELS
Le Meridien Bora Bora
Located on the edge of a blue lagoon alongside lush tropical rainforests, this honeymoon hideaway is as gorgeous as it sounds. Stay in one of 99 bungalows with features like glass-bottomed floors revealing the amazing marine life below or private beaches where you can cuddle up with your new spouse.

COOKING IN TAHITI AT
Hotel Sofitel Moorea Ia Ora Beach Resort

Learn how to prepare Tahitian raw fish, one of the traditional dishes of the Windward Islands, with hotel executive chef Pierre Sudre, right on the beach.
Learn how to prepare Tahitian raw fish from chef Pierre Sudre at Hotel Sofitel Moorea Ia Ora Beach Resort

Le Taha'a Private Island & Spa

ISLAND PARADISE
Le Taha'a Private Island & Spa
Those who believe in miracles now have the opportunity to put their faith to the test. Le Taha'a Private Island & Spa offers its guests the opportunity to walk on water... well, almost. At this slice of paradise on a coral islet between the islands of Taha'a and Bora Bora, elevated walkways drift above the sea from one "overwater" suite to the next.

ONE BORA WITH A TWIST
Bora Bora
Though only 38 square kilometers in size, Bora Bora is considered one of the most beautiful tropical islands in the world. And since at most only 200,000 visitors get to all of French Polynesia every year, it is easy to find a lone corner of paradise here.

Bora Bora


Best Honeymoon Spot Taha'a Island

For more information, visit the official website of Tahiti and its islands.

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(Updated: 10/15/12 BLS)

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