The 12 Top Scenic Islands in the World

By David Jeffreys - 2014-02-24T18:07:10Z

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8. Moorea, French Polynesia

Approaching the island, whether by land or sea, you’ll be breathless at the sight of its jagged green peaks rising out of the Pacific. Though not the tallest, Roto Nui is perhaps the most picturesque, lording over pineapple fields. The perfect vantage point, Mirador de Belvedere, has incomparable views of both Cook’s and Opunoho bay. Just below, our readers’ favorite resort, the Hilton Moorea Lagoon Resort & Spa with attractive bungalows—over-water or in gardens.

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