The 118 islands and atolls (ring-shaped coral reefs) of French Polynesia shimmer like a string of prized Tahitian pearls. Tahiti and the Society Islands have inspired generations of artists and writers seeking to capture their magical allure. Among countless others, Herman Melville, James A. Michener, Henri Matisse—and of course Paul Gauguin himself—were transfixed by these islands. You will be, too.
  
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