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You may never find a more colorful place than Bora Bora. Verdant valleys covered in hibiscus blossoms look out over white sand beaches. A vibrant coral reef and lagoon are home to thousands of tropical fish, while shops offer some of the world’s best black pearls and locally made pareus and straw hats. Its signature landmark is the tombstone shaped Mount Otemanu, which towers over the island at 2,379 feet.
Bora Bora was formed around four million years ago after volcanoes erupted from the sea bed. As the volcano sank back into the Pacific Ocean, a ring of coral reefs, or atolls, formed to mark the ancient coastline.
Today, Bora Bora’s natural landmarks take on mysterious qualities that remind visitors of an ancient mythical past. Many historians believe that Bora Bora has been inhabited since the ninth century, after the first Polynesian settlers sailed through Teavanui Pass. They named the island Vavau, which means, “First Born,” as ancient legends suggest that this land was the first to rise from the water. Sea lovers will want to rejuvenate in the fascinating water activities present in the island, including shark and stingray encounters, glass bottom boat rides, and a visit to Lagoonarium. Experiencing the calm environment while soaking up in the sun is a definite must in the island and visit the island’s most bizarre locations.

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Papeete, Tahiti

Tahitian Made Souvenirs

Papeete is the capital of French Polynesia and is located on the largest of its islands, Tahiti. The area that now constitutes Papeete was first settled by the British missionary William Crook of the London Missionary Society in 1818. Papeete was retained as Tahiti’s capital after France took control of the Tahitian Islands and made them a protectorate in 1842. Today this area of the Pacific Ocean is referred to as the “Polynesian Triangle” and includes Hawaii to the north, Easter Island to the southeast and New Zealand to the southwest. As a result of these migrations, the native Hawaiians and the Maoris of New Zealand all originate from common ancestors and speak a similar language collectively known as Maori.
The island’s beauty will take your breath away as you soar through the streets and find your way to the crystal water beaches. There is a large range of water activities that can be done on the island, as well as many inner island adventures including golfing, horseback riding, and helicopter tours throughout the area. You can perhaps embark on a four-wheel-drive or equestrian adventure inland to see the rain forests and canyons that make this such an idyllic destination.

Lifou, Loyalty Island

Lifou is the largest coral atoll in the Loyalty archipelago. Lifou has the wonderful charm of an island that has managed to preserve its own traditional Kanak culture. You’ll stand there awestruck in front of all of its breathtakingly beautiful views. Lifou is special in that it has a number of diversified landscapes; the northern coast of the island is made up of high, steep cliffs, whilst the southern side has pristine white sand Beaches with stunning turquoise waters.

Lifou Island

Lifou Island

The first visitors to this island paradise were European whalers and today’s guests can enjoy the same relaxed, timeless beauty. Picturesque cliff top views, secluded beaches, fascinating caves and rich traditional culture create a backdrop for a perfect stop. Put on your bathing suit and visit Lifou Island, located on the islands east coast, where you will find the islands most spectacular beach where a wide range of water activities are offered; for the sailor, diver or snorkeler, you will be mesmerized by the beaches’ unique beauty. Located on the northern side of the island, Joking Cliffs is a haven for adventure seekers; the 40m high cliffs and surrounding crystal waters are sure to leave you on the edge for more.

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Island of Pines

Named for the unique pines (some more than 200 ft/60 m tall) covering the interior of the island, Ile des Pins is a South Pacific beachcomber’s paradise. The pure white beaches of Kuto and Kanumera Bays, surrounded by coconut trees and wild orchids, are truly among the best in the world.

Island of Pines

Island of Pines

Head to one of the island’s interesting caves: Ouatchia (beautiful stalagmites), Wemwanyi, or Queen Hortense’s Cave (a popular cave where a 19th-century queen supposedly hid during a tribal war) and Troisieme, or the Third (stalactites and stalagmites in a partially flooded cave) A guide comes in handy by visiting these caves.

Isle of Pines is nicknamed the “closest island to paradise” and we think you’ll agree. Untouched white sand beaches, amazing underwater wonders and superb friendly people reside on this tiny island on the southern tip of New Caledonia. The island is rich with marine life, including tropical fish and fairly close corals that can be observed while extensively enjoying the tranquility of the serene yet captivating waters.

Noumea, New Caledonia

Noumea, New Caledonia’s capital is a bastion of French culture and often referred to as the St-Tropez of the Pacific. Arriving in Noumea creates a feeling that you have arrived somewhere very colonial, very French. Place des Cocotiers – This lovely square is the hub of the city. From here at kilometer zero all distances on the island are measured. The focal point of the square is the Fontaine Monumentale. St. Joseph’s Cathedral. To the left of the square stands this church, built in 1893, with its two square towers.

New Caledonia is very expensive, since much of the food needs to be imported. There is no culture of bargaining either and attempting such might cause offense. Best buys in Noumea are imported goods from France, with duty-free shops offering savings of 20 to 30%. There is a large Casino supermarket across from the cruise terminal. Place of Interest: New Caledonia Aquanature offers snorkeling tours of the second largest coral reef barrier in the world.. Botanical Garden and Zoo Located three miles northeast of town, a variety of colorful parrots, some flying foxes and the curious, flightless cagou, which is the national bird, can be seen. Many other tours are also offered at the terminal.

Deep Ocean Spa – Bora Bora – Between the turquoise waters of the lagoon and the deep blueof the ocean, Deep Ocean Spa is situated at the very heart of Intercontinental Bora Bora Resort & Thalasso spa, jewel of the Polynesian hotel business. With over 4000 m2 of nature, Deep Ocean Spa offers areas for hydrotherapy, beauty care and gentle energy. There are also glass-floored overwater bungalows enabling you to admire the marine life during the sessions you choose, whether you are alone or a couple. deep Ocean spa is a real heaven of peace and harmony, with a team of professionals dedicated to your profound well-being.

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