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Photograph of the week: The Society Islands

This week’s photograph is of the Society Islands, a group of islands in the South Pacific Ocean that are politically part of French Polynesia. The archipelago is thought to have been named by Captain James Cook supposedly in honour of the Royal Society, the sponsor of the first British scientific survey of the islands. However, Cook himself stated in his journal that he called the islands Society “as they lay contiguous to one another”. This aerial photo is of Bora Bora, which is located about 140 miles north-west of Papeete and is surrounded by a lagoon and a barrier reef. In the centre of the island are the remnants of an extinct volcano rising to two peaks, Mount Pahia and Mount Otemanu, while lush tropical slopes and valleys blossom with hibiscus and palm-covered motu circle the lagoon. Seen from the air as in this photo Bora Bora has been compared to “a tiny emerald in a setting of turquoise encircled by a sheltering necklace of sparkling pearls”. Thank you to Paul Gauguin Cruises for permission to re-produce the image. If you have a really special photograph you would like to share with  A Luxury Travel Blog‘s readers, please contact us.

Paul Johnson

Paul Johnson is Editor of A Luxury Travel Blog and has worked in the travel industry for more than 30 years. He is Winner of the Innovations in Travel ‘Best Travel Influencer’ Award from WIRED magazine. In addition to other awards, the blog has also been voted “one of the world’s best travel blogs” and “best for luxury” by The Daily Telegraph.

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2 Comments

  1. It looks absolutely stunning. I would love to visit there sometime.

    I bet the scuba diving is phenomenal too.

    Great picture.

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