Bora Bora is called paradise for a reason.
And visitors return home with the exact photos of the island's towering Mount Pahia and Mount Otemanu, the thatched roofs of over-water bungalows and a magenta sunset over the sparkling ocean.
Don't do it!
There's a lot more to French Polynesia.
The country is made up of 130 islands covering a stretch of ocean roughly the size of Europe.
The culture extends far beyond seashell necklaces, tiki souvenirs and Monoi oil suntans.
After flying into Tahiti's main airport, there's a network of islands reachable by plane or boat.
This is where some of the best of French Polynesia's ocean adventures, cultural exploration, and, yes, romance, begins.
Part of the Society Islands, the island of Taha'a is the premier place for Polynesian exports, including perfect black pearls and vanilla, grown on lush plantations.
Chefs at top restaurants around the world specifically order Taha'a's fragrant vanilla beans.
In Taha'a, it's worth going five-star.
Le Taha'a Island Resort & Spa has restaurants and lounges built into trees, as well as 48 over-water bungalows atop a translucent lagoon.
With a knowledgeable staff, you get resort-quality service without pretense.
Le Taha'a Island Resort & Spa, Taha'a; +689 507601; from $708 for couples
Part of the Society Islands, Rangiroa is called the "infinite lagoon."
It's one of the largest atolls in the world.
Divers around Rangiroa can spot tiger and hammerhead sharks, as well as dolphins, green turtles and eagle rays beyond the reef.
Rangiroa is the hub of French Polynesia's wine industry. Vines grow along the lagoon next to coconut groves and grapes are brought to the local winery by boat.
Raira Lagon, Avatoru, Rangiroa; +689 931230; from $165 per person
3. Fatu Hiva
The word tattoo originated in Polynesia, and the region's best artists come from Fatu Hiva.