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The insanely gorgeous Bora Bora selfies Joan Smalls posted on Instagram this past week made it look like she was there working a modeling gig, but the Balmain campaign girl was actually taking time to enjoy an August holiday with her boyfriend Bernard Smith. For five days, Smalls chilled out on the island beaches and in the turquoise waters while enjoying some paddle boarding, snorkeling, and swimming with stingrays and reef sharks. Staying in a classic, French Polynesian water bungalow, Smalls explains that one of her favorite holiday activities was, “having the ability to snorkel at the hotel whenever I wanted. They have a wide variety of fish that live off of the coral algae—it was a dream.” She added, “It’s magical, incredibly relaxing, and makes you feel one with nature since the island wildlife is literally one foot away.” Here, Smalls shares her personal Bora Bora travel diary, some runway posing included.