A lagoon in Polynesia
Incredible Polynesian Islands For A Fun Tropical Vacation
By SANJAY SURANA
The color of the water in the lagoon of this Cook Island haven almost defies belief. This is a small island with less than 2,000 residents, reached by plane from Rarotonga.
Aitutaki
Visitors can travelerblog the water aboard a kayak, take a boat tour to one of the "motus" (islets), go snorkeling to see turtles and vibrant reefs, or take kiteboarding lessons.
This isle in the Cook Islands can be reached by plane from Rarotonga in about 40 minutes and is a smart choice for nature fans, offering some excellent birdwatching.
Atiu
The lack of built-up areas makes it tranquil, representing island life within the villages that dot the island. It's a fun place to travelerblog, as many caves are tucked around Atiu.
Officially known as the island of Hawaii but commonly referred to as the Big Island, this is the largest in the chain of islands that make up America's 50th state.
Big Island
Travelers can wander around gorgeous valleys or laze on a black-sand beach. Don't miss Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, which features the huge domes of Kilauea and Mauna Loa.
This French Polynesian island embodies the quintessential luxury tropical paradise, with resorts that provide deliciously desirable overwater bungalow accommodations.
Bora Bora
Guests can lounge on perfect white-sand beaches, float in the clear waters of a calm lagoon, and peer, in awe, at the peak of Mount Otemanu.
Available water activities include snorkeling, diving, kayaking, paddle boarding, and yachting, which will bring travelers close to sharks, manta rays, and other marine life.
This island has varying environments and sits about 250 miles from Tahiti in French Polynesia. Healthy reefs welcome turtles, barracudas, dolphins, and gray sharks.
Fakarava
Fakarava has some pink sand beaches and shells that local jewelry artisans might sweep up. Pearl farms are big money earners for the local economy and intriguing places to visit.
Trips around the biosphere can be conducted on foot, aboard a kayak, or on a bicycle, and travelers will see oceans, lagoons, coconut plantations, beaches, and forested interiors.