A pristine turquoise lagoon dotted with magnificent overwater bungalows and a lush natural rainforest that creeps up the peaks of an extinct volcano are the hallmarks of Bora Bora. With such exquisite scenery and unparalleled luxury, it’s no surprise that this stunning Pacific Ocean island attracts honeymooners and holidaymakers who seek the ultimate in relaxation and wonderment. When you’re done soaking up the rays and taking strolls on the powdery white sand, there are plenty of island adventures to keep you entertained, both in and out of the water.
When it comes to Bora Bora, water activities are an absolute must. Rent some snorkelling gear (or bring your own) and, without further ado, jump into the warm, clear water for some underwater action. Bora Bora is abundant with marine life, so you’re likely to encounter colourful clown fish, delicate corals and giant manta rays to name a few. Go it on your own or take part in an organised snorkelling tour. Want to see even more? Take it a step further and learn to dive with a qualified instructor.
Next on your itinerary is a trip to Mount Otemanu on a day tour. A remnant of an ancient volcano, this grand and beautiful mountain rises a whopping 727 metres over Bora Bora. It’s not possible to hike to the summit, however, guided hiking tours operate around the base. Guided off-road tours of Mount Otemanu offer a fun way to discover the natural beauty of the area and an opportunity to see American cannons from World War II.
Complete your trip with a stop at picturesque Matira Beach. As one of the only public beaches on Bora Bora, this stunning strip of sand is popular with visitors and locals alike looking for a spot to laze the day away and swim in the island’s breathtakingly blue waters. Stick around until evening and you’ll have a prime spot to experience possibly the most romantic tropical sunset ever.
Eat and Drink
There’s no doubt that the resorts on Bora Bora offer quality dining and entertainment at their own restaurants and bars. But it’s worth venturing out here and there to experience the island’s delicious French cuisine, local delicacies and excellent cocktails.
You’ll find restaurants and cafés around Vaitape Village and Matira Beach, while snack shacks scattered around the island offer cheap eats. Be sure to try the local fish and seafood dishes – Poisson Cru, tuna marinated in coconut and lime, is a favourite. For a local Tahitian brew, ask for Hinano when ordering a beer.
The most iconic accommodation option in Bora Bora is, without a doubt, the island’s overwater bungalows. If you want to be close to the action, an overwater bungalow on Bora Bora mainland will suit you best – and who could resist the glass-bottomed floors that showcase the region’s sparkling turquoise water?
If you don’t mind being a short boat ride from the mainland, opt for bungalows on little islets of their own, or even on a private island. Just how luxurious you go is up to you.
You’ll find plenty of quaint little shops and boutiques around Vaitape Village that sell everything from clothing, souvenirs and books to the island’s specialty: Tahitian pearls (black pearls).
You’ll also have the opportunity to take home beautiful and unique local art and handicrafts such as woodcarvings, paintings and pareu (sarongs). Be sure to stop by the oldest and largest art gallery and studio on the island, Galerie D'Art Alain Linda.
Bora Bora like a Local
Visitors to Bora Bora are encouraged to adopt the philosophy of the local people, which is ‘aita pea pea’ – not to worry. So why not slow down and relax, take plenty of time out, enjoy the tranquility of the island and chat to the friendly locals who will be more than happy to share their beautiful, laid-back culture with you.