Bora Bora, Tahiti

  Bora Bora, Tahiti is a little too perfect to be believable. But the spell that this small island in French Polynesia has cast on probably every traveler ever to dip a toe into its soft sands or calm waters has yet to be broken. Bora Bora is a heavy tourist destination -- luxury resorts and budget bungalows dapple the white sand perimeter. But its best spot, Matira Beach, reminds you why places like this become popular in the first place. You can feed sharks, hunt for black pearls, look through World War II memorabilia or just laze on the sand. At Matira Beach, Bora Bora, life takes you easy.

   Bora Bora is one of the magical islands that make up French Polynesia in the South Pacific between Australia and South America. Just 18 miles(29 kilometers) long, this lush little slip of land lies in a protected lagoon edged by white sandy shores, the best being at Matira Point. Bora Bora is also nicknamed the "Romantic Island".