Sue’s ‘Word a Week’ challenge is ‘Tropical’, and she’s posted some amazing pics of an island in Malaysia where she has recently been on vacation, so do go and have a look.
I’ve been to so many tropical paradises over the years that I found it difficult to select just a few pics, but I restrained myself and decided to stop at just two and a bit.
Punta Cana is named after the palm trees native to that region, and literally translates to “Point of the White Cane Palms.”
It’s the major resort area in the Dominican Republic, and has an average temperature of 30°C. The pure white beaches are so beautiful, and there was just enough breeze to wave the palm fronds and offset the heat.
The azure sea is calm and safe for bathing and sailing.
It did make me wonder about this though, when I saw the old ship wreck just off shore.
Bora Bora in French Polynesia, is a seven million year island of volcanic origin, completely surrounded by coral reefs.
Its real name is ‘Pora Pora’ meaning ‘Firstborn’. There is actually no ‘b’ sound in the Tahitian language, but the people who discovered the island thought the inhabitants said ‘Bora Bora’ and that name has stuck. It is located about 160 miles northwest of Tahiti, and was discovered in 1722. The author James A Michener described it as the most beautiful island on the planet. It is indeed a very romantic destination, and is very popular with honeymoon couples.
Its beautiful blue lagoon was described by the author James A Michener, as as “so stunning, that there are really no adequate words to describe it.”
We spent an idyllic week there, just lazing around as one is wont to do in the tropics. What more can be expected, when one has turquoise waters, lush scenery and lots of pampering? 🙂
Next stop was Tahiti. This was taken from our canoe, looking back at the island.
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Wonderful post for really “tropical” paradise… love it.. 😀
Best wishes to you and yours.. !!
I’ve been to Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic. My sister went to medical school in DR. You captured the peaceful tranquility of the beach in those pix’s.
Bora Bora in French Polynesia – the essence of a paradise to savor. Who could resist a long … long stay.
Great entries for the challenge, Sylvia.
Thanks so much, Issy. Yes, we really spent a wonderfully relaxing holiday in these idyllic places. 🙂
WOW. I am without words. Pure & unadulterated paradise.
Yes it was absolute bliss being so cut off from the rest of the world for a while. 🙂
I could quite sink my teeth into a holiday like that 😉
That’s one way of putting it. 😀
Such beautiful and amazing places! I wish I could go to a tropical paradise right now. 🙂
Thanks, Inga. Me too. 🙂
I could certainly use a week on a tropical island sipping on cocktails and soaking up the sun. What fabulous places you have visited AD 🙂
Yes it does sound inviting, optie. I’m certainly looking forward to the next time, which will probably be in November. 🙂
Beautiful. That shipwreck off the shore looks intriguing.
Thanks, Colline. I believe that wreck is a ferry that ran aground there, having mistaken the lights of the resort for the harbour lights.
Great choices to share with us. I have been to neither and now you have given me a taste of both.Love those tall palms.
Thanks, Lynne. Yes, those elegant palm trees are so beautiful. 🙂
Spent a week in Maui for our 25th. When in the morning you can walk up to your neck in warm water and still see your toes….
Sounds wonderful, Jules. My son went there for his honeymoon. 🙂
A gorgeous gallery,that is likely to make all your readers check flights to topical islands Sylvia 🙂
Thanks, Madhu. 🙂
This must be what heaven looks like 🙂
I hope so, Tilly. 🙂
How beautiful photographs beautiful post, my dear friend Have nice day With love maxima
Thank you so much, Stefan. 🙂
Hi AD, can’t get more exotic and tropical than Bora Bora 😀
Very true, Chris, but there’s no shopping. 🙂
Now i have a serious yearning to be there, any one will do. Warmth, sunshine, sea, beach…..
You could come down here. 😕
Oh Wow!!! I’m in love with the whole romantic idea of the whole place. So, this is what heaven looks like? I’m in awe and hope one day I get there! Hugs and have a great day. Paula xxx
Thanks so much, Paula. I have no idea what Heaven looks like, but I’d be quite happy with this. 🙂 *hugs*
These do look like paradise… with not a touch of pollution…
Yes, you’re right, bulldog. Lets hope it stays that way. 🙂
Two paradises in one post! Ahhhh…
Thanks, Rosy. 🙂
such beautiful places…anything tropical always catches my eye!
Thanks, Heather. Yes, tropical is something I really enjoy. 🙂
Ah…..the fresh air, sunshine and pampering. The dynamic trio!
Perfect trio, Rebecca. 🙂
OH so nice AD . I can never get over the colour of tropical seas … such anticipation seeing from the air I think too 😉
Oh yes, you’re so right, Poppy. It’s so exciting to look down upon one’s tropical destination from the plane. 🙂
The places are definitely paradises. Beautiful.
Thanks so much. 🙂
I suspect I would be bored out of my mind and staying inside with the A/C… but it looks like a wonderful place for folks like you to enjoy! Beautiful photos at any rate! Isn’t it wonderful that this planet offers something for everyone?
I’m sure if you happened to find yourself there, Gunta, you’d steel yourself, grab your camera and tripod and get some amazing photos. 🙂
Amazing photos 😀 I just love living in the tropics – never will I return to the blustery chill of winter 😉
Thanks, Dianne. I so agree with you. My blood has thinned out terribly since I lived in England. 🙂
Absolutely beautiful indeed AD. I would have stayed there. 😀
Thanks, Sonel. It was hard to leave, for sure. 🙂
It looks amazing. I definitely have to add a tropical island to my places to go one day
You still have plenty of time for lots of tropical holidays, TA. 🙂
I would love to go to Bora Bora!!
I’m sure you’d love a week there, Lisa. 🙂
I knew I shouldn’t come here. I’m crying now. 😦
Sorry Jo. So am I just looking at the photos again. 🙂
Wow ! That was indeed tropical views 🙂 . Great photos of these beautiful paradise islands ! // Maria 🙂
Thanks, Maria. Glad you enjoyed. 🙂
Seems delicious…I have never been to a tropical paradise, but if I would go, I guess it would be Bora Bora. What pictures you have shot and what places you have been…you are one lucky woman.
Thanks, Ann Christine. Yes, I do know how lucky I am. 🙂
how beautiful photographs, as if I can jump into them 🙂 Thank you dear AD, have a nice day, love, nia
Hahaha. Me too, Nia. Hugs to you. 🙂
I simply adore tropical islands, and that one seems to be the cream of the crop.
Yes, I can vouch for that fact, Col. Damned expensive though. Paradise comes at a price. 🙂