The 12 Top Scenic Islands in the World

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

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3. Bora Bora, French Polynesia

Few islands ever live up to such high expectations—it 's No. 1 on our Readers' Choice list of the Best Islands in the Pacific—but this one meets and even exceeds them and in large part due to its lagoon. There are more shades of dazzling blues here than a crayon box on steroids, crossed by darts of black in the form of (friendly) manta rays and sharks. The two most luxe accommodations are at the highly-rated St. Regis or the Four Seasons.

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