Tahiti, Bora Bora
Bora Bora is a 30 km2 (12 sq mi) island in the Leeward group in the western part of the Society Islands of French Polynesia, an overseas collectivity of France in the Pacific Ocean. The island, located about 230 kilometres (143 miles) northwest of Papeete, is surrounded by a lagoon and a barrier reef. In the centre of the island are the remnants of an extinct volcano rising to two peaks, Mount Pahia and Mount Otemanu, the highest point at 727 metres (2,385 feet).
Bora Bora is a major international tourist destination, famous for its aqua-centric luxury resorts. The major settlement, Vaitape, is on the western side of the main island, opposite the main channel into the lagoon. Produce of the island is mostly limited to what can be obtained from the sea and the plentiful coconut trees, which were historically of economic importance for copra. According to a 2008 census, Bora Bora has a permanent population of 8,880.
Jewel of the South Seas
Undoubtedly the most celebrated island in the South Pacific, Bora Bora is French Polynesia’s leading lady. Her beauty is unrivaled and her fame, unwavering. Bora Bora is one of the few places on earth that everyone hopes to witness in their lifetime—and once you see it, you are forever enamored.
More than just a romantic ideal, Bora Bora is a romantic reality. It comes as no surprise that the island is an internationally acclaimed honeymoon destination. Our newlyweds who decide on a Bora Bora honeymoon often feel as though they have escaped to a private oasis tailored entirely to their special moment of marital bliss—and anyone in the midst of planning a wedding can relate to just how enticing that sounds.
Bora Bora may feel worlds away, but this South Seas splendor is well within reach. Where is Bora Bora, exactly? The island lies just northwest of Tahiti, less than an hour away by plane from Papeete. The airport is located on a small, separate part of the island known as Motu Mete. Upon arrival, you will be greeted with a warm smile and fragrant flower lei and transferred by boat to your Bora Bora resort, meaning you hardly have to wait for your first encounter with the island’s famously translucent lagoon.
The inevitable love affair with this island begins right before you touch down. The view from the plane window is a moment you will not soon forget. Have your camera in hand as you begin your descent and prepare for the moment when iconic Mount Otemanu comes into view. From that point on, each experience will only continue to exceed even your highest expectations.
Bora Bora has become synonymous with overwater bungalows. Many of these lavish floating villas have glass floors that supply a window to the lagoon life below. This locale is unique in the fact that most Bora Bora resort hotels are built on their own tiny island, or motu, and visits elsewhere must be arranged by boat transfer. Not to worry, though, you will hardly need to leave your bungalow let alone the resort. From lounging on your own private deck and receiving room service via outrigger canoe, to indulging in a rejuvenating spa treatment, you will pass the time in quiet seclusion and opulent luxury.
The wonderful thing about Bora Bora is that you can be as active or inactive as you wish to be. Should you decide to venture away from the resort, you can visit the main village of Vaitape and shop at the local boutiques or dine at one of Bora Bora’s restaurants including Mai Kai Bora Bora, or the legendary Bloody Mary’s. You can also explore Mount Pahia and Mount Otemanu on a guided hike or Jeep Safari tour.
Since water is a way of life on the island, popular lagoon excursions include snorkeling, diving, cruising, fishing, paddle boarding, kitesurfing, Jet Skiing, and of course, shark and ray feeding. You can also take your experience to new heights by parasailing, skydiving, or touring the island by helicopter.
Once seen, Bora Bora is never forgotten. From the day you arrive until the moment you part ways, you will be in awe of how her soaring mountain peaks, turquoise lagoon and luxuriant overwater bungalows somehow look even more spectacular than the pictures.
- St Regis Bora Bora Resort – The expansive and immaculate St. Regis Bora Bora Resort is the ultimate South Pacific splurge. Located on the secluded northeastern side of the lagoon, this luxurious island lair is home to some of the largest overwater bungalows in the region.
- Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora – The Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora exudes an effortless luxury. Located on the northeastern side of the island along the outer coral reef, this exclusive enclave is one of the premier resort options in Bora Bora. The overwater bungalows.
- InterContinental Bora Bora Resort & Thalasso Spa – The InterContinental Bora Bora Resort & Thalasso Spa is a floating oasis in the South Pacific. It features all overwater bungalows with only three beachfront villas as the alternative. Found on the southeastern side of the coral reef, these luxurious. Packages start from $2925 per person.
- Sofitel Bora Bora Private Island – The Sofitel Bora Bora Private Island is found on a small botanical garden surrounded by water. Located on a private island enclosed in the southeast end of the lagoon, the resort is only two minutes away by boat from the main island. Packages start from $2550 per person.
- Hilton Bora Bora Nui Resort and Spa – The Hilton Bora Bora Nui Resort & Spa is tucked in a cove of white sand and black lava rock. Located on the southwest end of Motu To’opua, a small islet floating between Bora Bora’s mainland and coral reef, the resort faces out toward the open ocean. Soaring Mount Otemanu becomes the backdrop to the hotel when approached from the water, but the rooms and bungalows primarily enjoy views of the lagoon and an endless blue horizon.
- Bora Bora Glass Bottom Boat Tour – 1 Hour 30 Minutes: Enjoy Bora Bora`s underwater world without getting wet. While aboard a comfortable, covered boat, you`ll glide over the colorful coral and see numbers of beautiful tropical fish through the glass-bottom floor. Your guide will share the history and legends of Bora Bora`s famous lagoon during your cruise. Price from: $48* pp
- Bora Bora Aqua Safari with Helmet – 2 Hours
Go for a walk underwater with an air-supplied helmet and find yourself surrounded by tropical fish. This 2-hour excursion includes a boat tour of Bora Bora and snorkeling in the lagoon. This activity is not permitted for pregnant women, people with asthma, or anyone unable to walk. Ages 8 and up. Operates: MON TUE WED THU FRI SAT. Price from: $112* pp
- Semi-Private Romantic Tour – 6 Hours, 9AM Departure: This romantic cruise accommodates only six couples for an intimate tour of Bora Bora. You will swim in pristine waters, snorkel in coral gardens, and encounter sharks, stingrays and colorful tropical fish. Included in this excursion is a delicious lunch served on a secluded motu where each couple will have their own private table. Relax and enjoy your meal with a stunning view of Mount Otemanu. Private tours available upon request. Price is based on two people traveling together. Operates: MON TUE WED THU FRI SAT. Price from: $217* pp
- The Loveboat, Private Sunset Lovers Cruise – 1 Hour 30 Minutes. Enjoy a romantic sunset cruise aboard the Loveboat in Bora Bora. This private excursion is perfect for honeymooners. You`ll glide across the shallow waters of the island`s famous turquoise lagoon, enjoy complimentary champagne served in a fresh coconut, and leave with 100 professional photos to remind you of the experience. Price is per person based on two persons travelling together. Price from: $215 pp
- Semi-Private Sunset Cruise & Dinner at St James – 4 Hours, 4PM Departure. Enjoy a two hour Sunset Cruise of Bora Bora`s magnificent lagoon on a Traditional Polynesian Outrigger Canoe with a maximum of five other couples. Sip Champagne while admiring the spectacular views. After the cruise, you will be dropped off in Vaitape for a romantic dinner at St James, one of Bora Bora`s highest rated restaurants. Private tours available upon request. Price is based on two people traveling together. Operates: MON WED FR. Price from: $202* pp