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Have you ever seen waters so turquoise? The first thing you notice when you arrive to Bora Bora, located in the western part of the Society Islands of French Polynesia, is just how translucent they are. Overwater bungalows adorn a white-sand coastline which, perfect for snorkeling and scuba diving, constantly remind you that this paradise island is one of the most secluded and—no exaggeration—beautiful in the world.
Mount Otemanu shoots into the sky, a 2,385-foot peak that outlines the extinct volcano at the center of the island. Visible from just about any part of the island, Otemanu beckons you with its jagged curves, the perfect location for a day trip to hop on a 4x4 and snap some pictures of the translucent waters from above.
What could be more romantic than sharing a moment at Amanahune? This lookout point is located high above the Pofai Bay and, like Mont Otemanu, offers azure vistas as far as the eye can see. An insider’s tip: come here in the evening to see the sunset melt away in the vast horizon.
Believer or not, stop by this iconic catholic church to pay your dues. The church’s white-streaked columns reveal a modern aesthetic, though at no point is the experience cold or uninviting. The lush green mountains behind it also invite you in to one of the island’s secret treasures.
The luminous lines and brilliant colors of are on display at postmodern painter Alain Despert’s studio, the perfect cultural foray for anybody looking for a break from the beach. Make an appointment add see why this French artist is held the same high regard as Warhol and Haring, a painter whose brushstrokes evoke the perfect Polynesian aesthetic.
Tranquil waves, shallow waters, and views—what could be better than to drink a Bloody Mary here as you overlook the sunset? The Pofai Bay is one of Bora Bora’s iconic locations, but when you dip your feet into these waters, you’ll understand why it’s been photographed time and again.
Some of the best restaurants and cocktail bars await you at Matira Point, but so too do spectacular sunrises and sunsets. A wind blows along the coast here: many people travel to the southernmost point of the Bora Bora just to feel the unique extremity of being at the end of the island.
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