Active + Adventure

Paradise Unleashed

by Jeff Harris

Shore Thing
Said to be the inspiration for Michener's Bali Hai, Mooréa, in French Polynesia, is a natural wonder best explored in the natural way. Have your hosts at the Mooréa Pearl Resort—the highest-rated resort in the Asia/Pacific region on the 2005 Condé Nast Traveler Gold List—arrange for a horseback-riding excursion along the pristine white-sand beaches and into the volcanic interior. Once you've surveyed the island from the saddle, you can choose your next adventure. Wave-chasers can take a boat out to see the pros and local surf gods ride monster waves at Tehaupoo, a legendary break. Climbers can put on some boots and scale the nearly 3,000-foot dormant volcano. Or just do what most visitors do: bake in the South Pacific sun.

Mooréa Pearl Resort
Tel: 689 508 452
Doubles from $270

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