Pier in Bora Bora, French Polynesia (Photodisc/Getty)

Bora Bora Island, Society Islands, French Polynesia (Tim Laman/Nat Geo/Getty)

Bora Bora beach, French Polynesia (Hemera/Thinkstock)

Black rocks on the coast of Bora-Bora, Polynesia (iStockphoto/Thinkstock)

Huts on stilts in Bora Bora, Polynesia (Goodshoot/Thinkstock)

Over water bungalows in Bora Bora, Polynesia (Hemera/Thinkstock)

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What to do in Bora Bora

Polynesia. The mere word conjures up romance and adventure. After all, this is the part of the world where Paul Gauguin deserted his homeland to paint voluptuous women and exquisite landscapes. Step off the plane onto Bora Bora, an island of black mountainous rock that rises from turquoise blue waters. A lagoon, consisting of outer islands and a coral reef, encircles this small island, attracting scuba divers and snorkelers. Most of your time, however, will likely be spent on the shoreline looking in awe at the slab of basaltic rock known as Mount Otemanu, which towers over the island at 2,300 feet. Have your dose of adventure on a half-day bike around the island’s 17-mile circumference. Then relax on Bora Bora’s velvety sands. The fading sun will set the scene for your dose of romance.

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