The Best Islands in the World

By Condé Nast Traveler - 2013-07-16T16:14:22Z

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Bora Bora

Readers' Choice Rating: 86.7

Bora Bora is “the place to go when you want to decompress,” notes one reader, who appreciated the “stunning tropical beauty and friendly natives.” Described as “millennia away from the real world,” this island offers many above-water bungalows, from which you can take in the “unreal” ocean scenery. But don’t just stare, get your feet wet: Bora Bora “is as beautiful below the water as it is above,” complete with the “thrill” of swimming with the “amazing sea life.”

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