French Polynesia

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French Polynesia

French Polynesia

Sure, you could pick a resort on any one of these idyllic tropical islands and flop yourself down on the beach for a week, but if you want to explore French Polynesia in a bit more depth, consider an island-hopping getaway via cruise ship or ferry. Though all the islands have lush foliage and aquamarine waters to spare, each one offers slightly different attractions, from vanilla plantations on Tahaa to ancient Polynesian temples (known as maraes) on Huahine and Raiatea. Papeete, Tahiti, offers the region's only real urban experience with its bustling shops and cafes, while ritzy Bora Bora is home to the famous Bloody Mary's Restaurant & Bar, which has played host to numerous celebs including Pierce Brosnan and Jimmy Buffett. Paul Gauguin Cruises sails year-round in the South Pacific, visiting the Society, Austral and Tuamotu Islands.

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