<p>Bora-Bora has so many natural advantages it deserves its long-held reputation as the South Pacific’s loveliest island retreat. “It’s everything a Polynesian island should be—blue lagoon, sand-fringed motus, soaring peaks,” says Lonely Planet founder Tony Wheeler.</p><p><em>Excerpt from "A Year of Islands: Eden Found</em><em>" in the May/June 2004 issue of </em>National Geographic Traveler<em> magazine</em></p>

Bora-Bora

Bora-Bora has so many natural advantages it deserves its long-held reputation as the South Pacific’s loveliest island retreat. “It’s everything a Polynesian island should be—blue lagoon, sand-fringed motus, soaring peaks,” says Lonely Planet founder Tony Wheeler.

Excerpt from "A Year of Islands: Eden Found" in the May/June 2004 issue of National Geographic Traveler magazine

Photograph by Tim McKenna

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