The island of Bora Bora in the Society Islands of French Polynesia and the South Pacific Ocean, northwest of Tahiti and less than an hour away by plane from Papeete.
Bora Bora is one of the few places on earth that everyone hopes to visit in their lifetime. The beauty of this island remain fascinated all those who come here, so it is not surprising that the island is an internationally acclaimed honeymoon destination.
The island is surrounded by a lagoon and a barrier reef, and in its center there is an extinct volcano. The entire economy of Bora Bora is run by tourism, and the island has become synonymous with overwater bungalows. Many of these villas have glass floors, where you can watch the lagoon life below, and some of these villas have their own private plunge pools. Most Bora Bora resort hotels are built on their own small island and the quality of those bungalows ranges from comparably cheap, basic accommodations to very luxurious and expensive resorts.
Things to do
Snorkeling and scuba diving are the top activities among the tourists. However, on Bora Bora these activities are turned into some kind of extreme sports, due to the possibility of taking up ray dives and even shark-feeding dives! If you decide to take up one of these, you will of course get a professional instructor and dive operator.
Motorboats for rent are also available for turquoise lagoon exploring.
Many resorts offer cruising on catamarans equipped with a dining room, a bar and a sundeck on the rooftop.
Different types of island tours are available: private boat cruises, romantic cruises, sunset tours, eco-friendly tours etc.
You can take up sportfishing or go fishing with a small group (up to 6 people) led by a professional fisherman. If you get lucky fishing and are willing to pay some extra money, the chef will gladly prepare your catch for dinner for you to enjoy.
If you’d rather just relax and chill, you shouldn’t miss paying a visit to some of the many resort spa.
Best time to visit
In July, the local population celebrates Heiva (the greatest holiday in French Polynesia), which looks and feels like a Polynesian version of Rio de Janeiro festival. Everything’s vivacious and flamboyant, including masks, costumes, dances, music and sports.
Hawaiki nui va’a is the biggest local sports event – canoe racing. The race lasts three days and it reaches the peak on the third day, when one of the finalists wins the race. After the competition, a big party is organized on the island to honour the winner.
How to get there
Bora Bora guests first fly to the airport in Papeete, Tahiti. From there, it’s just a 50-minute local flight to Bora Bora. Upon arrival, you will be transferred by boat to your Bora Bora resort.