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Introducing Bora Bora

This is it, the one. As you arrive by plane the view says it all. The promise of a wonderland is instantly made good: a ring of sand-edged motu (islets) encircle a glinting turquoise lagoon around soaring rainforest-covered basaltic peaks. With such a dreamlike setting, Bora Bora is, unsurprisingly, a honeymooners’ choice. But there’s much more to do than clinking glasses with the loved one in a luxurious hotel. Diving, snorkelling, lagoon tours, hiking and parasailing are readily available. What you shouldn’t expect, though, is sweeping expanses of sand. With only one ‘real’ beach, Bora Bora is much more a lagoon destination. What makes the island so famous worldwide is those iconic over-the-water bungalows with piers reaching out like tentacles into the lagoon. This paradise is much more accessible than you think. As well as five-star resorts, a handful of quaint pensions and affordable midrange hotels beckon.