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A tiny archipelago in French Polynesia known as the Society Islands, which, in addition to Bora Bora, include Tahiti, Moorea, Huahine, and Raiatea/Manihi, contains all the ingredients for a perfect tropical paradise. The rich climate brings year-round warm weather, blooming vegetation, and a carefree island lifestyle. The influence of the French provides chic restaurants and resorts to satisfy high-class expectations. Thankfully, although great efforts were made by the French colonists to "civilize" the Polynesians and bring them closer to god by banishing their sensual dances and colorful way of life, many of the traditions survived, and the residents of the island proudly show off their heritage. In fact, you will see many residents in traditional dress, and they will often greet you with a "la orana" in their language, along with a tropical flower or two.

Lagoons and rings of coral surround most of the Society Islands. The tropical weather and rich volcanic soil combine to provide a backdrop of lush vegetation and exotic flowers to the sparkling turquoise water. Underwater is a feast of color as well, with schools of tropical fish darting in and out of the coral reefs. The shimmering beaches also beckon, while celebrations of the Polynesian culture explode year-round in rhythms of drums, vivid costumes, and wild dances. This is truly a vacation dream come true!

Reasons to Visit

Aside from making reality of every fantasy of a tropical paradise getaway, the Society Islands also incorporate the chic nature of French culture.

Intriguing volcanic peaks and tropical plantations make up the midlands of these islands while white sandy beaches and coral reefs perform the border.

Snorkeling and scuba diving are the favorite daytime activities, while shopping for the much-sought-after black pearl comes in a close second.

The warm and welcoming Polynesians make every visit feel like a homecoming.

What To Do & See

Jeep Safari Adventure: Get to know exotic Bora Bora up close by taking a 3-hour, four-wheel-drive tour of the island's virgin interior. You'll climb the mountains and discover sacred sights of the Polynesian past, and then plunge into the depths of the jungle.

Helicopter Tour: Get views of Bora Bora that you will find no where else... from overhead! Circle over the multi-hued lagoon and take a peek at the peak of Mount Otemanu, a basalt obelisk that's impossible to scale, although it has been attempted numerous times.

Swim with Wild Sharks: For a heckuvan adrenaline rush, grab a mask and a snorkel, and swim amid sharks. In the outer reef surrounding the island, you can watch as Tahitian divers hand-feed black-tip sharks around you!

Catamaran Cruise: Even if you have never set foot on a boat, these tip-resistant sailboats offer the best sailing experience around. You can charter a boat for an afternoon picnic at sea as well as an overnight fishing expedition.

Areas Within the Destination

Bora Bora: This picture-perfect paradise offers the most beautiful lagoon of the entire archipelago, as well as adventures you will find nowhere else, like shark feeding! Since it is a volcanic island very near to Tahiti, the landscape is very similar, yet it is neither as populated or as touristy as Tahiti, so you can enjoy your little piece of paradise in comparative isolation.

Huahine: Actually made up of 2 small islands joined by an isthmus, quiet and serene Huahine is a place for total escape, with little more disturbance than the crashing of the waves inside the ring of coral that borders most of the islands. Vanilla plantations send the sweet smell throughout most of the island, which is a gold mine for archeologists. Ancient Huahine is visible both in open daily life and at numerous digs throughout its 50 square miles.

Raiatea/Manihi: These 2 islands, which occupy either side of Tahiti, have distinctly individual personalities. Raiatea is the administrative center for the Iles Sont le Vent (Leeward Islands of the Society Islands), but its natural attraction is great, including a species of flower that exists nowhere else on earth - the Tiare Apetahi. This large white flower blooms only at dawn and makes a slight popping sound. Locals often sleep in the mountains so that they can hear the blossoms in the morning! Manihi made its name as the home of the black pearl. This luminous jewel was a common luxury of Victorian aristocracy and is now farmed mostly at Manihi. This island is only 3.5 miles wide and 19 miles long, with a tiny population of 400, the majority of whom are black-pearl farmers!

Recommended Hotels

Le Meridien Bora Bora

Built on a magnificent site by a beautiful lagoon on the tip of a 6-mile private "motu" islet, you'll enjoy exotic, elegant bungalows, horseback riding on the beach, windsurfing & more.

Bora Bora Pearl Beach Resort

On a private island, this fabulous 48-acre resort features beachfront suites, overwater bungalows, and garden suites with a private pool. Enjoy restaurants, a bar, lagoon bikes & more.

Hotel Bora Bora

Surrounded by spectacular lagoons, this hotel offers one of the most beautiful beaches in the South Pacific, garden or beachfront suites with privagte pools, or overwater bungalows.

Bora Bora Nui Resort and Spa, Luxury Collection

Located on a "motu" on Bora Bora with beautiful white sand beaches, this hotel features bungalow suites set over a clear blue lagoon or a terraced hillside, with a beach or lagoon view.

Bora Bora Pearl Beach Resort

On a private island, this fabulous 48-acre resort features beachfront suites, overwater bungalows, and garden suites with a private pool. Enjoy restaurants, a bar, lagoon bikes & more.

InterContinental Le Moana Resort

This exceptionally exotic and romantic retreat is set on one of the nicest white-sand beaches on the island. Overwater bungalows, a profusion of flowers, and the aqua sea are enchanting.

Bora Bora Lagoon Resort

On the tip of Motu Toopua, this award-winning resort offers a choice of traditional Tahitian-style overwater, beachfront, or garden bungalows. Enjoy restaurants, bars, motorboats, and more.

Sofitel Bora Bora Resort

On a sugary sand beach along a magnificent lagoon, this contemporary hotel has over-water bungalows, an infinity pool, a famous shark-feeding attraction, Polynesian dance shows, and a spa.