Bora Bora is magic and beauty wrapped in a pareo of mystery (a pareo is what you call a sarong in the French Polynesia!).Regularly topping travel magazines as the most romantic place on Earth, as well as ‘most exotic island’ and one of the most beautiful lagoons on the planet, Bora Bora defies all expectations and assumptions. Just a 50-minute flight from Tahiti’s Fa’a International Airport, this volcanic caldera is Mecca for newly-weds, couples and families. Flying around towering green peaks of Mount Otemanu, over the stark cerulean and aquamarine waters of the lagoon makes for one of the best teasers to start any holiday.Compared to other beach destinations like Kosa Mui, Jamaica and Barbados, the tiny Bora Bora barely comes up to the 30 sq kilometre mark. But Bora Bora, which means ‘first born’ in Polynesian translates to ‘first among equals’. To the south of the lagoon is the Matira beach, a pristine example of clean sand and forget-me-not blue Pacific waters lapping at the edge. As visitors paddle out further to explore the tiny motus, the water turns a deeper, hypnotic cobalt.For an aquatic sports-centric destination, there are few islands that can come up to Bora Bora’s level. From parasailing, which offers a brilliant bird’s eye view of the islands and the lagoon to kite surfing, sailing, surfing, snorkelling, diving and swimming with manta rays, every activity is superlative here.Incidentally, Bora Bora was the first to have overwater bungalows with glass floors. With renowned hotel names owning private islands, an overwater bungalow with the meals, housekeeping and sundry being kayaked to your doorstep is a unique experience.The locals here, numbering around 1,000, are warm to a fault, know their history and culture, and extend friendly hospitality to travellers. Travellers staying at Bora Bora resorts will have lingering memories of bright smiles, the relaxed pace and ‘aita pea pea’ which means ‘Don’t worry’. This holiday destination will indeed see travellers leaving woes and worries far behind while here.