With its black-sand beaches, lush rainforests, and volcanic peaks, beautiful Tahiti is one of the most dreamed about destinations in the world. But there’s more to French Polynesia than just the Island of Love. Here are five islands—just a short ferry ride of flight away—that might be even more stunning than Tahiti. If that’s even possible.
Moorea: Ride a ferry to Vaiare Bay, jump on Le Truck, listen to reggae music, hold your breath around Opunohu Bay’s hairpin turns, and check out the stunning views from Belvedere Lookout on Moorea.
Huahine: See vanilla plantations and banana groves, sacred temples and maraes, isolated coves and shady lagoons, and more crabs than people on the Garden Island.
Ra’iātea: Relax at a boutique hotel, stare at a lagoon from your bungalow, listen to crashing waves from a swaying hammock, and eat addictive viennoiseries and vanilla yogurt for breakfast on the Sacred Island.
Taha’a: Escape to an unspoiled island, sleep in a beach faré, swim over coral gardens, and kayak to an empty motu on Taha’a.
Bora Bora: Sleep in an overwater bungalow, stare at colorful fish through a glass coffee table, snorkel with curious rays, sip Ti’ Punch at a beach bar, and feel like a honeymooner on an island that’s been on your wish list for years.