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With a total of around 130 islands and atolls, French Polynesia has an island for just about every occasion – and these are no ordinary islands.
According to the standards by which these things are measured - warmth, scenery, the colours of their reefs, the way their green hills leap straight from the sea to the clouds - the islands of French Polynesia are about as close to paradise as you might reasonably expect to come on this earth.
The core of French Polynesia is the Society Islands, a group that includes Tahiti and its gorgeous neighbour, Moorea, but the outright winner in any beauty contest is Bora Bora, arguably the most glorious tropical island on earth. Centrepiece of the island is a sharp green peak that is encircled by a necklace of motus - low, sandy coral atolls covered with coconut palms.