Bora Bora Travel Guide

Introduction to Bora Bora

Bora Bora is a volcanic island and part of the Society Islands archipelago of French Polynesia. An unadulterated paradise, Bora Bora is laced with white cotton-wool soft beaches and clear, aquamarine waters that gently lap the sandy shores. Verdant green hills rise up above the island, speckled with little white villas and luxury hotels peeking out from the green leaves. Over-water thatched roof bungalows hover over the blue sea. Ranked as one of the most beautiful places in the world, Bora Bora’s scenery is certainly spectacular but as well as magical beaches, Bora Bora offers visitors a taste of local life through its art galleries, local crafts, open air markets and traditional songs and dances as well as high-end boutiques and fine dining restaurants.

Bora Bora Lagoon

Lagoon – this beautiful clear pool of water boasts a dazzling display of colourful underwater marine and plant life, perfect for snorkelling and scuba diving.

Motu Tapu, Bora Bora

Motu Tapu – This utopian island, just a stone’s throw from Bora Bora, is one of the most photographed in the world and can only be visited with a private invitation. It is said to be the nearest thing to paradise on earth.

Bora Bora

Mount Pahia – take a hike up Bora Bora’s most famous peak for breath-taking views out across the endless blue ocean.

Other things to do in Bora Bora

Whilst many think of Bora Bora as a simple paradise, there is more to do than just soaking up the sun. With a rich culture, Bora Bora locals sell their handmade jewellery and art daily on the island. There are a number of small galleries and studios where you can see how these are made. Shopaholics needn’t feel left out as there are a handful of fashion boutiques to browse. Bora Bora is the ideal escape for anyone who likes to be active. From snorkelling and scuba diving, parasailing, hiking and climbing to swimming with dolphins, four by four treks, feeding Rays and helicopter rides, Bora Bora has enough to keep the most ardent adrenalin junkie happy. If you prefer things a little more relaxed, take advantage of the native massages on offer around the island. Fine restaurants and cocktails by sunset will complete what is probably a near perfect day.

Eating and drinking in Bora Bora

Being part of French Polynesia, it is no surprise that Bora Bora has an abundance of French restaurants and fine cuisine to offer its visitors. La Villa Mahana with its five exclusive tables is one of the best places on the island to try it. There are restaurants on boats, restaurants on beaches and thatch roofed restaurants where famous Hollywood names have enjoyed a meal. Le Récife Discothèque is the only club on the island if you get the urge to dance, while Bloody Mary’s is the bar in which to be seen. 

Bora Bora climate

Most rainfall in Bora Bora occurs between the months of November and April but other than that the temperature remains in the thirties throughout the entire year.

When to go to Bora Bora

If you don’t like rain then avoid the rainy season between November and April. Otherwise, temperatures remain high throughout the year making it a year-round beach holiday destination. There are never ‘crowds’ on Bora Bora but there may be fewer visitors outside the main summer months of June, July and August. 

Flying to Bora Bora

Flights to Bora Bora are often long and include an initial stop in Motu.  From there, several flights a day land in Motu, north of the main island. To reach accommodation on the mainland, visitors can take the free ferry to Vaitape where buses will collect them and take them to hotels in Bora Bora

 Bora Bora Deals

Hotels in Bora Bora

Car hire in Bora Bora

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