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Shot with a Nikon 35mm camera from a small boat at midday. Direct sunlight maximized the water's luminosity; a polarizer reduced glare to highlight the turquoise hue. By Frans Lanting
The 45-minute flight from Tahiti to Bora Bora is like a modern-day Noah's ark; on the approach, excited couples peer out from the seaplane windows for a glimpse of the turquoise Pacific lagoon—the bright, neon hues seemingly plucked from a Pixar film. This French Polynesian paradise has perfected the art of romance as the birthplace of the over-water bungalow. And on any typical sunny day, the island is your oyster—dive for the black-lipped bivalves with pearls, or just embrace island time while taking naps on the shore shaded by coconut palm trees. With no agenda, it's still easy to fall into a routine: Swim in the lagoon. Lay out on the beach. Repeat.