Bora Bora

A breathtaking island in the South Pacific, Bora Bora is French Polynesia’s leading lady.
May 8, 2023
Jessica Jones, Marketing Director, Travel Leaders

Bora Bora, a perfectly whimsical honeymoon destination, is one of the planet’s most romantic and sensational islands in the South Pacific. Just an hour northwest of Tahiti, this luxurious island has the perfect ambiance, from turquoise waters to immaculate white sand beaches lined with coconut trees. A peaceful haven where you will immerse yourself in the surreal array of colors of the lagoon encircling the glorious Mount Otemanu, and framed by extraordinary sunrises and sunsets.

The famous glass-floor bungalows scattered across the lagoon are genuinely a fantasy come true, as they are upscale and positively secluded. You can enjoy sipping your morning coffee with a stunning sunrise and fish swimming below your feet, or an evening cocktail with a dazzling sunset. Then, submerge yourself for an indulgent midnight swim into the pristine waters from your private deck. However, if over-the-water glass-bottom options are not appealing, Bora Bora does offer beach and garden bungalows. Some resorts even have traditional block-style accommodations. While no two resorts are alike, you will find similarities among them. The entire atmosphere is enchanting and can take you into an exotic wonderland surrounded by unique flora and fauna. 

Besides the incredible lodgings, Bora Bora offers organized excursions and tours for all preferences and desires. You can be as active or inactive as you wish. If you want to indulge and de-stress, each resort has exclusive and luxurious spas that provide the ultimate relaxation, where treatments make you feel like royalty. The resorts also offer their guests exclusive access to private beaches and restaurants. Naturally, only some people leave their resorts or bungalows because of the amenities presented by the resorts. 

However, should you want to venture away from your bungalow, you can visit the village of Vaitape and shop at the local boutiques for an assortment of natural black pearls made into one-of-a-kind jewelry pieces, local organic vanilla and souvenirs galore. If you want to experience the Polynesian culture, visiting an art gallery is a beautiful way to see the island through local eyes. You may even meet Despert, the famed local artist known for contemporary and colorful art, whose enamel and acrylic pieces are displayed in many popular U.S. cities. He still resides and works there today. If you’re lucky, you can meet him with an easily arranged appointment (just do so via email before visiting). Then, of course, dine at one of Bora Bora’s most popular Polynesian-style restaurants, the legendary Bloody Mary’s. This Tiki hut-style bar and grill has been a local favorite serving up some of the freshest seafood and steaks since 1979. Lastly, you can visit Matira Beach, Bora Bora’s most prized piece of public land, which has been named “best beach in the world” multiple times. So swim, lounge in the sun or even snorkel. The opportunities to splurge in Bora Bora are endless. 

If physical activity is more your forte, the main island offers other attractions for the more adventurous such as guided hikes, open-top Jeep Safari tours across the rugged landscape, and even chartered deep-sea fishing for Yellowfin Tuna, Mahi Mahi, Wahoo, Blue Marlin, Sailfish and even the Giant Trevally. You can also explore Mount Otemanu and Mount Pahia on foot or by ATV with an experienced guide. 

Everything from the diverse scenery to the plethora of water activities is an essential experience for your holiday in Bora Bora. The lagoon’s warm, neon-lit turquoise waters with unending days of exploration of the breathtaking coral garden make it a snorkeler or scuba divers’ paradise. There are tour operators that cater to everyone regardless of your experience and knowledge of snorkeling or scuba diving. Because water is a way of life on the island, other favored lagoon excursions include cruising, fishing, kitesurfing, paddle boarding and Jet Skiing. In addition, you can participate in shark and ray feedings or swim with the turtles. You can take your experience to new heights by skydiving, parasailing or touring the island in a 30-minute helicopter ride or seaplane. With the glistening waters in the foreground, you will want to see Mt. Otemanu from every angle. During your exploration, you may find a gorgeous, secluded beach to appreciate. Then lastly, as you experience the magic of watching the sunset over the ocean, you will discover why this is one of the best things to do in Bora Bora.

A trip to Bora Bora is an exotic once-in-a-lifetime memory worth making. It truly is magical. If you are searching for a romantic yet indulgent vacation with tranquil turquoise waters, look no further than Bora Bora, the Pearl of the Pacific. A place so nice, it’s named twice. 


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