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Bora Bora, French Polynesia

Bora Bora is home to an extinct volcano containing two peaks. Shown below is Mount Otemanum at 2385 feet.

Location: Thalasso Spa. Photo: hgm8383


Of the 332 islands that comprise Fiji, only 110 are permanently inhabited. This resort is located near Nadi International Airport in the Mamanuca archipelago.

Location: Likuliku Lagoon Resort. Photo: Likuliku

Bora Bora, French Polynesia

The island isn’t a nightlife hotspot; after dark things get very quiet, which is probably the reason it’s such a popular destination for honeymoons. That said, there is a nightclub near Vaitape, which is only open Fridays and Saturdays 11pm-3am.

Location: unknown. Photo: jsmoral

Isla Colón, Panama

The main and most northern island in the Bocas del Toro Archipelago in Panama is also home to the country’s biggest ports. From here one can visit neighboring islands by private boat or water taxi.

Location: Punta Caracol Acqua Lodge. Photo: Kiwi Collection

Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

A big investment in infrastructure — highways, airport, utilities — in the ’60s and ’70s was one of the reasons for Puerto Vallarta’s massive tourism industry growth. Winter is the best time to visit.

Location: Hotelito Desconocido. Photo: Hotel Desconocido

Bora Bora, French Polynesia

The smaller peak of Bora Bora’s extinct volcano is called Mount Pahia.

Location: Le Méridien. Photo: Christian Yates

Rangiroa, French Polynesia

Rangiroa — around 355km northeast of Tahiti — is one of the largest atolls in the world. The lagoon that the atoll surrounds is so big that it has its own horizon.

Location: Hotel Kia Ora Resort. Photo: hgm8383


This is the place to go when you want to get close to the clear water. The Republic of Maldives is the lowest country on Earth — it has an average ground level of 4’11″.

Location: unknown. Photo: imgur

Sepang, Malaysia

You may not guess it by looking at this photo, but Sepang is the technological hub of the area; the township of Cyberjaya is also known as the Silicon Valley of Malaysia and is home to 250 multinational companies.

Location: The Golden Palm Tree Resort. Photo: Golden Palm Tree

Moorea, French Polynesia

Moorea can be accessed by ferries that make the trip from the Tahitian capital of Papeetē. Seen from above, the island closely resembles the shape of a heart.

Location: Moorea Lagoon Resort and Spa. Photo: Hilton

Bay Islands, Honduras

The resort shown below is on the island of Roatan, the largest of the Bay Islands. It’s a popular destination for diving — its barrier reef is the second largest in the world.

Location: Anthony’s Key Resort. Photo: Anthony’s Key Resort

Reethi Rah, Maldives

One of the biggest islands of the North Malé Atoll. The temperatures here don’t fluctuate much over the year — average highs range between 88F and 90F between January and December.

Location: The One & Only Resort. Photo: One and Only Resorts

Moorea, French Polynesia

The tiny island — formed by volcanic activity about 1.4-2.5 million years ago, is only 10 miles wide from west to east.

Location: Club Bali Hai. Photo: Club Bali Hai

Bora Bora, French Polynesia

Interesting tidbit: The name of the island is actually Pora Pora (there is no ‘B’ in the Tahitian language) — leave it up to us foreigners to mispronounce it!

About The Author

Michelle Schusterman

Michelle is a musician, writer, and teacher just trying to see the world while doing what she loves for a living. She's taught ESL in Salvador, Brazil and kindergarten in Suwon, Korea, and now she's a full-time freelance writer living in Seattle (just to keep the city alliteration going). She'll try pretty much any food once and believes coffee is its own food group.

  • Elyse Meccio

    I’ve got an even better one in Panama – Isla Bastimentos in Bocas del Toro. Way better deal on pricing and value than Punta Caracol!

  • Heidi Floeth

    Wow, they are all gorgeous.

    • Vlad Sltchi


  • Leonora Corate

    what about the Philippines? El Nido Resort in Palawan?

  • Jared Schleigh

    I want.

  • Boysan Faletusi

    I will visit all of these places! It’s on my bucket list.

  • Hideki Endo

    b(^o^) yeah♪

  • Chitra Sivasankar Arunagiri Photography

    Right on top of my bucket list!

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