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Where to Go Instead of Hawaii

Renowned for its sapphire waters, rugged coastline, historical attractions and awesome surf, it’s easy to see why the Hawaiian islands top many a must-travel list. But if you’re looking for something a little different — something that’s still Pacific, still home to unique island culture, still spectacular, but not actually in Hawaii — you’ll want to look further west. Or east, as the case may be. Specifically, to the South Pacific and the island jewels it offers. 

Here are six of our favorite similar-to-Hawaii-yet-completely-their-own Pacific islands that top our own must-travel list.


French Polynesia


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There are few places in the world more sensual than French Polynesia, with its intensely aquamarine seas and green coastline that strikes a verdant contrast to the endless blue sky. The exotic archipelago is home to dozens of islands, among them Tahiti and Bora Bora, and a bevy of…

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