French Polynesia’s popular islands of Tahiti, Moorea, and Bora Bora are in the middle of the South Pacific, but they aren’t as far away as they seem. Commonly referred to as the Islands of Tahiti, they can be reached within eight hours from the western United States.
The main island of Tahiti, with its capital in Papeete, is a good place to start your journey, with a stay at one of the 5-star resorts, followed by a short ferry ride to the more rugged Moorea, whose top-notch resorts line the northern coast facing the iconic Magic Mountain. Home to the legendary Mt. Otemanu, Bora Bora is known for its glamorous, romantic accommodations that embrace the island’s coves and surrounding atolls.