Bora Bora 

Lush tropical slopes and valleys blossom with hibiscus, while palm-covered circle the lagoon like a delicate necklace. Perfect white-sand beaches give way to emerald waters where impossibly colored fish animate the coral gardens. So much has been written about Bora Bora, and yet it is hard to find the right words to describe the magic that emanates from this island.

Scenic picture of oceanic huts The iconic overwater bungalow was invented in French Polynesia and this island is home to the swankiest ones—perched atop four stilts with private plunge pools on the terrace. Celebrities love them, too, and you might have a brush with fame.

Among all the water activities, the most interesting is snorkeling particularly in Matira Beach, the most popular beach in Bora-bora. There are about local companies that run snorkeling tours. You need not go far since the multicolored tropical fishes will surround you in no time and even in shallow waters. If you do not want to snorkel or dive, but still want to get up close and personal to the fishes, an underwater water tour that makes use of a breathing device is also offered.

Aerial view of sand barApart from the water activities, there are also land activities. There are numerous jeep tours wandering the island from time to time. Some of the places to visit are the World War II ruins, such as bunkers and gun emplacements. The ultimate stop of most of these Jeep tours is the summit climb. At the foot of the mountains are hikers who are offering their service as mountain climb guides. The local government does not allow tourists to climb the summit by themselves more so because even the tourists occasionally hurt themselves when trailing the peak.