Bora-Bora, French Polynesia

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Bora-Bora, French Polynesia

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Sheer beauty in Bora Bora

Prepare to be hypnotized by Bora Bora's sheer beauty. As the grass-green jungles cascade to seas of ultramarine blue, and the coral-colored shoals strike lines of white through the lagoons, you'll not want to blink for risk of missing that next postcard frame. The mountains, piercing the clouds with their carved summits, are the backdrop. The towns, dotted with WWII relics, are awash with chic French bistros and bakeries and Tahitian black pearl emporiums. You can nab luxurious over-water bungalows to sleep with the rainbowfish and turtles, or get Bora Bora vacation rentals with decks atop the South Pacific shores.

Honeymooners assemble in Bora Bora

With the cloud-gathering peaks above and the pearl-blue waters in front, it's hardly a surprise that Bora Bora vacation rentals are a shoo-in for honeymooners. To seal that special day, you'll have front-row seats over the fish-teeming lagoons, where the skies blaze with twinkling orbs and shooting stars at night. During the day _ aside from SCUBA diving, swimming with sharks, and snorkeling _ you can laze on some of the most pristine beaches on the planet, all before dining in chic Francophone bistros and sipping champagne in the stylish resort bars.

Big guns and blue lagoons in Bora Bora

You might not think it, but Bora Bora is a great place to trace the WWII history of the Pacific. You can visit the gun batteries on the west and east side of the island by 4X4, to see the cannons and shell casings being slowly claimed by the vines of the jungle. Something totally different awaits at the natural aquarium that is the Bora Bora Lagoonarium in Vaitape. This crystal-clear sea pool is home to schools of rays and sharks and rare sea turtles _ it's the place to go to start checking off those bucket list experiences.

Rains and rays in Bora Bora

Honeymoons and wedding folk flock to the resplendent islands and cays of Bora Bora when the North American summer break is in full swing, usually from June to August. However, that period doesn't always have the best conditions. It's prone to tropical downpours for one, and the cost of Bora Bora vacation rentals can shoot up. Much better is a trip between November and March, which has the driest days, the clearest seas for those SCUBA adventures and perfect weather for long, lazy beach sessions.

Bora Bora _ bursting with tropical delights

Bora Bora is actually an extinct volcano. The main island, carved through by turrets of rock and jungle-dressed stone, was the great crater in times long past. It hosts misty jungles and green forests now, and comes ringed by beautiful beaches where the palms stoop low against the shore. Talking of the shore, it's there that Bora Bora's other major natural draw awaits - a multicolored barrier reef encircling the whole place means there's always sea sponges, with sea turtles, rays and jackfish darting around below the surface, and some of the best SCUBA diving in the world.