Tauranga, New Zealand
Known for its jagged volcanic mountains and gorgeous golden beaches, Moorea is French Polynesia at its finest. A short hop from Tahiti (and a long hop from anywhere else), it’s one of those places where even superlatives fall short. Let’s just call it stunningly beautiful and move right along. Most of those who make their way to Moorea are seeking that perfect combination of adventure and relaxation, and this island easily delivers. The 37-mile coastline is best explored by bike, making this the perfect day activity to get acquainted with the area’s sleepy villages, warm and welcoming locals, and gorgeous beaches. And once you’ve worn yourself out, Temae Beach is the perfect spot to rest your weary legs, sip a glass of homemade tropical juice, and take in the stunning views of the area’s lagoon, with Tahiti shimmering on the horizon.