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3. South Pacific island paradise

French Polynesia is one of the most romantic destinations in the world, not only due to its intense natural beauty – with cascading waterfalls, blue lagoons and barrier reefs – but its relaxed way of life. Once described by novelist James A Michener as “the most beautiful island in the world,” Bora Bora is the epitome of an island paradise. Tahiti offers white and black sand beaches; Hawaii’s Kona Coast is home to coffee plantations, macadamia groves and its southeast region boasts the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.

A 12-night Hawaii & Tahiti cruise on Princess Cruises Pacific Princess calls at Tahiti; Moorea; Bora Bora; and Hilo, Kona, Maui, Kauai and Honolulu in Hawaii, departing on 11 April 2014, starting at £1,685.32pp cruise only. Go to princess.com.

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