Think of a faraway tropical paradise and Tahiti and the Kingdom of Tonga come to mind. Take in panoramic views of crystal clear waters, white sand beaches and azure blue skies from deck--and then pinch yourself to make sure it's real.

Barrier reefs circle these French Polynesian islands in the South Pacific. And because it's so remote, everything from the coral gardens to the palm fringed beaches are unspoiled and uncrowded. 

Sailing these exotic destinations is best from May to October.