There is a ubiquitous image of paradise found—a rustic bungalow perched over a vast expanse of ultramarine waters, palm trees swaying in the background. From the deck, tropical fish can be seen flitting about. This is French Polynesia, a land of verdant atolls, abundant wildlife, and the elusive Tahitian pearl. There is so much to discover here, and the best way by far is via private yacht charter.
Be sure to book some time for snorkeling and swimming at black sand beaches. This helpful island-hopping guide also highlights perfect spots to sip a cocktail and book a spa treatment.