The South Pacific island of Bora Bora is the definition of paradise. It is just one hour’s flight from Tahiti and sits surrounded by a crystal clear lagoon that glows in pristine shades of blue, turquoise and aquamarine. The island is ringed by lush green palm trees and overhung with hibiscus flowers.
It is easy to see why this little slice of heaven has become the benchmark for all other tropical islands. From its overwater bungalows to its secluded beaches and world-class restaurants, Bora Bora is a dream vacation in every sense of the word.
From snorkeling in the coral gardens to diving with sharks, exploring WWII sites to shopping for black pearls, there is something for everyone to do on this magical island.
With its white sandy beaches and overwater bungalows, Bora Bora is the epitome of paradise. The crystal clear water is the perfect temperature for swimming, and the beaches are awash with sea turtles that come to rest in the lagoon each afternoon to sunbathe.
There are plenty of activities to enjoy on the water including paddle boarding, boat tours and deep sea fishing. Hiking is another great way to explore the island and you can do this at your own pace and ability level. The main hiking trails lead to the two major peaks of the island, Mata Pupu and Mt Otemanu. The views from the top of these peaks are breath taking. You can also go zip lining across the jungle, which is an exhilarating experience.
Getting around is made easy by the free shuttle service between the hotels and the airport as well as by the public transportation system on the main island, Motu Papeete. The main town of Vaitape is also close by and is a popular place to shop for local handicrafts and souvenirs like wood tikis or exotic black pearls. It is also a good idea to stop by Bloody Mary’s, the famous bar on the postcard-perfect beach and sample their signature cocktails.
If you want to really get a sense of the magic of Bora Bora, take a helicopter tour. You will see the glistening lagoons from above and be able to capture amazing photos from your seat in the air. It’s a once in a lifetime opportunity and will make you feel on top of the world!
Sunsets on Bora Bora are something else. Grab a drink at your hotel a half hour before sunset, relax on a chaise lounge on the beach or in your overwater bungalow and watch the sun disappear into the horizon. It’s a must do in Bora Bora and will become your new tradition!
The best time to visit Bora Bora is between May and October. These are the cooler months when the temperatures are a bit lower and less humid. The rainy season in the south is between November and April so be prepared for some showers during this period.