Some of our South Pacific islands were the last places settled by humans. It’s hard to imagine, less than a lifetime ago, French Polynesia’s perfect wilderness hosted forces in World War II, as evidenced by the remaining rusting artillery guns dotted around Bora Bora’s shores. Despite centuries of European influence, many native cultures and customs have persevered, giving these oceanic havens and their inhabitants a resilient charm. In contrast to their varied tribal traditions and histories, each of our featured islands share one common trait – their beauty isn’t limited to the land. Below the surface of their warm shallow waters colourful coral reefs present a wonder that words can’t describe. Idyllic island luxury is just a phone call away.