1. The Color of the Water
Those pictures have not been Photoshopped: The lagoon water really is a swirl of different shades of aquamarine. It will redefine "blue" for you forever.
2. The Over-Water Bungalows
No, natives never built this type of hut on stilts, but we love them anyway. They're private, and many have glass-bottom floors so you can see the underwater scenery without leaving your bedroom.
3. The Fish in The Lagoon
You don't need gear to see the brightly colored fish, sting rays, and turtles in these waters; all you have to do is stand in the hip-high lagoon and watch them swim around your arms and between your legs. You'll feel like you've moved into a giant aquarium for the week.
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4. The Local Cuisine
Skip the Continental fare whenever possible in favor of French Polynesian classics that take advantage of the local diet. Look for rustic, simple dishes — such as poisson cru, raw fish cured in coconut milk — that pack a lot of island flavor.
5. The Gorgeous Pareos
Our advice: Pack lots of swimsuits and sandals, and plan to pick up a handful of colorful pareos when you arrive. You can wear them as beach cover-ups by day, and casual sundresses at night, and they'll make you feel a part of the destination.
6. The Black Pearls
Whether your budget is a gorgeous strand, or a single stunner on a ring, picking up these gorgeous pearls will forever remind you of your honeymoon.