Bora Bora, fondly called “the Romantic Island”, is a beautiful island in French Polynesia located in the South Pacific. This magical island is famous for its sparkling turquoise waters edged with fine white sand beaches and fancy resorts.
Although the island is quite serene, it’s far from boring, so you shouldn’t be worried if you’re an adventure seeker as there are many activities for you to be a part of.
Here’s a fun fact about this tropical destination especially if you love history: Bora Bora used to serve as a refueling base for the American troops during World War II. A driving tour around this island would reveal a lot of military landmarks used way back.
So, if you’re looking for a top honeymoon or once in a lifetime tropical destination, this is your happy place.
When to Visit.
You can plan your visit to Bora Bora any time of the year as the South Pacific’s weather is perfect all year round. The island’s average temperature settles around 79 F (26 C), while the water’s temperatures range from 79 F (26 C) in the winter to 84 F (29 C) in summer.
How to Get There.
You would have to first take a flight to Papeete located on the big island of Tahiti – it’s about eight hours from Los Angeles. Next, catch a short flight to Bora Bora’s airport on the Motu Mute. This isn’t the right time for a short nap as you won’t want to miss the chance to take in the dramatic scenery and the dazzling blue waters as the plane lands on the narrow island’s airstrip.
Whether you’re budget-conscious or a lavish spender, you’d find the perfect resort to suit your needs. Many resorts have traditional rooms but this shouldn’t scare you off as most will provide all the amenities you expect.
- The bungalows set over the waters, at the elegant Bora Bora Hotel, are romantic and convenient. You can even snorkel and swim right from the front porch.
- The Sofitel Marara Hotel has reasonable prices and a desirable Matira Beach location.
- If you’re looking for the best beach that comes with an ideal price, then the no-frills but comfortable Hotel Matira is located just steps from Matira Point.
The island’s local cuisine flavor is gotten from coconut, delicate vanilla, and fresh seafood. You’ll come across restaurants serving everything from Chinese food to American dishes.
There are no public means of transportation on the island but you can take advantage of the shuttle services of the hotel you’re staying in to move around or you could rent a car, scooter or bicycle if you want to explore on your own.
If you’re a new or experienced scuba diver, you’ll find a lot of opportunities to get closer to sea creatures. You can try the Bora Diving Center located on Matira Beach next to the Bora Bora Hotel. You can also catch some action at the nearby Club Med’s nightclub – it’s majorly in the form of live music and dinner theater and not wild in any way.