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Best Time to Visit French Polynesia – 7 Islands You Must See

French Polynesia might be the closest thing to paradise on earth and a bucket list destination for millions of tourists. An overseas collectivity of France, it encompasses 118 islands and atolls (76 inhabited) in the South Pacific. French Polynesia is divided into five archipelagos known as the Austral, Gambier, Marquesas, Society, and Tuamotu archipelagos. The […]

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Tahiti Holidays: 13 Things to Do In and Around Papeete

Few names conjure up a romantic vibe of days gone by like “Tahiti.” The largest and most well-known island in French Polynesia, its capital, Papeete, is usually the first-visited place when landing in the tropical paradise archipelago. Because it is the most urbanized island in French Polynesia, most people use it as a launch point […]

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Beaches in Bora Bora, Bungalows & Adventures

To most, a Bora Bora holiday conjures up images of an exotic palm-fringed, sugar-sand paradise with overwater bungalows somewhere out in the middle of the South Seas, mostly visited by starry-eyed honeymooners who rarely adventure beyond their resort. Beaches in Bora Bora are considered by many to be the most beautiful in the world. While […]

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Things to Do in Moorea: Jeep Safari Adventure

Sandwiched between my three days in Tahiti and three days in Bora Bora, I had just one day to explore this less popular but no less beautiful heart-shaped island of Mo’orea. Finding local Patrick at Albert Transport for a tour of the island had been a good choice. A jeep safari adventure is one of the […]

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Bora Bora Holidays: Bungalows, Beaches, Baguettes, Black Pearls

Declared “the most beautiful island in the world” by author James Mitchener, Bora Bora has long been considered a destination for starry-eyed honeymooners who rarely venture beyond their luxury resort. But that is changing.  As more and more women are choosing to travel alone or with friends, they are discovering that Bora Bora has so […]

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bora bora overwater bungalows

Bora Bora Overwater Bungalows

When it comes to luxury vacations, few destinations can beat the magical island of Bora Bora.  Dubbed “the most beautiful island in the world,” by author James Mitchener and “the pearl of the Pacific” by Captain Cook, this tiny piece of French Polynesian paradise bewitches all who venture to her shores. Just mention to anyone […]

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Homegrown Lipstick Fruit – Organic Cosmetics in Moorea

While visiting the French Polynesian island of Mo’orea recently, I was introduced to the “homegrown lipstick fruit” that grows on the island.  This spiny red fruit has hard red seeds that are can be used as a spice as well as in industrial dyes.  It has also been known to be used for indigenous body […]

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