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No. 19 Moorea, French Polynesia

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Bora Bora has its lagoon, and sister island Moorea has a pair of bays between soaring green spires and valleys, where French Polynesia’s sweetest pineapples grow. This is one island that needs to be explored both by land and water to be truly appreciated.

Best Beach: Moorea’s resorts are on some of the island’s best sand; for public access there’s slender, half-mile-long Opunohu Beach.

Where to Stay: At Hilton Moorea Lagoon Resort & Spa, 104 overwater and garden bungalows harness solar energy to power air-conditioning.

World's Best Islands 2012

No. 19 Moorea, French Polynesia

Bora Bora has its lagoon, and sister island Moorea has a pair of bays between soaring green spires and valleys, where French Polynesia’s sweetest pineapples grow. This is one island that needs to be explored both by land and water to be truly appreciated.

Best Beach: Moorea’s resorts are on some of the island’s best sand; for public access there’s slender, half-mile-long Opunohu Beach.

Where to Stay: At Hilton Moorea Lagoon Resort & Spa, 104 overwater and garden bungalows harness solar energy to power air-conditioning.

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World's Best Islands 2012

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