Rangiroa, French Polynesia
This is the French Polynesia that so enamored Gauguin he vowed never to return to Paris: surreal sunsets, palm trees, cozy grass huts … and the beautiful local women reportedly had much to do with Gaugin’s decision, too. A short plane ride over from Tahiti, this little island in the Rangiroa Atoll is far more than a hangout of yore for expat Post-Impressionists; with its plum location next to a major strait called the Tiputa Pass, this is a diver’s nirvana. And if you are lucky enough to stay in one of the above-water huts stretching out into the sunset, you can jump straight from your porch into the lagoon below, swimsuit optional.
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