Bora Bora, French Polynesia

On Bora Bora, 5 star resorts are as plentiful as the emerald waters and stunning restaurants. Take an overwater bungalow with deck and plunge pool.

Famous for its sheer beauty, Bora Bora is in essence the tip of a submerged volcano, almost totally surrounded by a reef. It is one of the Society Islands in French Polynesia. The white sandy beaches and perfect lagoon are a sight to behold. You’ll be spoilt for choice by the marine life, with an astonishing array of fish (barracuda, tuna, red snapper, jackfish and ray), clams, crabs, and eels, as well as turtles and lemon, grey and black-tipped sharks to be found. If you visit between August and October you may be fortunate enough to see humpback whales on migration.

If you want water sports, the lagoon or ocean are the perfect place. Take your pick from boat trips galore, wonderful diving, scuba, snorkelling, water skiing, jet skiing and fishing charters.

Also on offer are horse riding, helicopter tours, 4×4 safaris, cycling and tours to the top of the twin peaks of the volcano from which there are spectacular views over the lagoon. Or to see the lagoon wildlife, hop on a glass-bottomed boat for an excursion to watch the rays and sharks being fed.

For the ultimate in relaxation, sit back in your overwater bungalow built on the reefs.