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There are lots of reasons to get excited about the Intercontinental Mo'orea resort in French Polynesia. First, its location – on an island that rises like a shark's fin from the ocean near Tahiti. Second, its accommodation – in polynesian bungalows scattered across a blue lagoon. Third (and best of all), its resident wildlife.

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Within the grounds of the hotel are a turtle sanctuary and a dolphin center. Not something many hotels can claim. The sea turtle rehabilitation center is part of a French Polynesian initiative to protect sea turtle species threatened with extinction. Here, sick or injured turtles are restored to health before being returned to the ocean.

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The dolphin center is home to four bottlenose dolphins retired from the US Navy in San Diego and from a sea park in Hawai'i. Good news is the hotel offers an interactive program so you can feed them and swim with them – an opportunity you really have to take up once in a lifetime.

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If you lose yourself in the magic of all of things Polynesian, the hotel also offers a tattooing facility at which you can get yourself some traditional body art to take home with you.

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As striking as that may be, I think I'll stick to swimming with the dolphins. RM

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Images: Intercontinental Moorea Resort & Spa

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  • kadidid

    May 12, 2008

    That looks just beautiful! I was originally planning to go on an exotic vacation but just got word that I won’t have a job in a month. So I’d better save my $. Looking for sponsors that will pay me to travel and report for them may be a creative idea!

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