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Bora Bora Tahiti Overwater Bungalows: St. Regis Resort

Stay in an overwater bungalow in Tahiti. It's the No. 1 Wish on the ISLANDS Wish List 100. To prove why it's number one, photographer Zach Stovall chose these 15 amazing images from his Bora Bora bungalow stay.

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"Like you, I’d seen the photos," writes photographer Zach Stovall in the Wish List issue of ISLANDS magazine. "In the weeks leading up to my first trip to Tahiti, all I could think about were those overwater bungalows. Staying in one has topped my wish list for at least 10 years."

Zach Stovall

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"I know how daydream travel rarely coincides with feet-on-the-ground travel. So somewhere between Los Angeles and villa 231 at the St. Regis on Bora Bora, I cool my expectations."

Zach Stovall

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"From a distance, the bungalows look surreal. The thatch makes them appear more natural than I expected."

Zach Stovall

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"The view from inside is as epic as the view from outside. Floor-to-ceiling windows offer a view of Mount Otemanu and the electric-blue lagoon. I also have a floor window, so I can watch the marine life in action — far better than watching a 52-inch HDTV."

Zach Stovall

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"My only concern is making sure I swim back to the right bungalow. The one that, even when I’m in it, still tops my wish list."

Zach Stovall

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"During my planning, one of the last amenities that came to mind was a swimming pool. And during my stay, I didn't use it. The lagoon off my porch was the best pool I've ever been in."

Zach Stovall

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"Maybe you don’t want to hear this, but it only gets better."

Zach Stovall

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"This is the water that I woke up in every morning, and relaxed in every evening."

Zach Stovall

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"It's a long walk back to the bungalow if you forget your key. The pitfall of living out over the sea."

Zach Stovall

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"At dawn, while waiting for breakfast to be delivered by outrigger canoe, I watch a steady stream of locals paddle to work. Their commute is serene, punctuated only by the sounds of paddle strokes. I step off the deck and land in the bathlike water."

Zach Stovall

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"I wrote down the drink recipes, but the truth is, my replicas don't have the most important ingredient: the Bora Bora atmosphere."

Zach Stovall

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"When I'm shooting on assignment it's rare for me to stay in one spot for more than a few minutes. When I took this shot, I'd been in the same spot for nearly two hours. And I stayed here until it was completely dark."

Zach Stovall

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"Yep, the resort has a beach, sun umbrellas, and drinks. Don't get me wrong, I love the beach. But sitting on one wasn't part of my ultimate wish."

Zach Stovall

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"If I could do it over again (and I will), I'd be here with my wife. Staying here solo is not the ideal way to go."

Zach Stovall

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To book a bungalow and see for yourself, visit the St. Regis Bora Bora resort website.

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