Punaauia may officially be a suburb of bustling Papeete, the capital of French Polynesia, but it still looks like a tropical getaway. Its main resort juts out into a stunning lagoon. Bliss!
After mingling with the locals in the local mall, wade or dive into the clear, warm waters to meet the underwater residents of Tahiti as well. Say hi to stingrays, black-tip reef sharks, colourful angelfish and shy anemone fish or take a cruise to see dolphins and whales. Afterwards, relax by the sea as you watch the sun set over nearby Moorea Island with its dramatic volcanic peaks.