The Best Islands Of Tahiti


TradeWinds' crewed yacht zips around the volcanic Leeward Islands and whisks you into a translucent Bora Bora lagoon. Divers can head out for private plunges with sharks and rays, onboard massages are de rigueur, and the fi rst mate doubles as the ship's chef, turning out three A+ meals a day including locale-inspired dishes like white tuna with vanilla-rum sauce. At most, there are 10 guests and two crew members on board, so you have opportunities aplenty to stargaze or savor a sunrise from the bow's trampoline nets. Visit the saw-toothed peaks and pineapple plantations on Moorea, then extend your stay in an overwater bungalow at the Sofi tel La Ora Beach. All-inclusive seven-day sails from $6, 460 per couple; rooms at Sofi tel La Ora Beach from $743 per night.

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CARIBBEAN Aboard Le Ponant's 290-foot, tri-mast sailing ship sleeping 64 guests, the captain navigates the calm waters of the Lesser Antilles, and islands seem to appear out of nowhere. Get your adrenaline fi x while paddling through sea caves in Virgin Gorda or of -roading through Antigua's lush rainforest. Back on board, dive into French fare on the deck or in the refi ned elegance of Karuk©ra restaurant. Eight-day cruises from $3, 092 per person. Peggy Sijwerida.

EUROPE AmaDolce nimbly navigates the Garonne and Dordogne rivers during AmaWaterways' Taste of Bordeaux cruise. During the 13-day itinerary bookended in Paris, bien s»r guests experience famous chateaux and vineyards, tour the historic Roquetaillade Castle, sip soughtafter sweet wines in the Sauternes wine region, and snap photos from atop the Citadel in Blaye, a UNESCO World Heritage site. From $4, 399 per person. Charyn Pfeuf er

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