Bora Bora has a lot to offer: spectacular natural wonders, pristine beaches and an abundance of activities. It also offers a high-end, luxury vacation experience that is well worth the trip. But it’s not for everyone, and a bit of planning and budgeting can make the most of your visit to this breathtakingly beautiful island.

Hiking is a popular activity on the island, and a trek up the mountain provides a great way to appreciate its lush foliage and extraordinary rock formations. The climb can be done on your own, or with a guide, and is best done in the morning or early afternoon to avoid the heat of the midday sun.

The most popular way to explore the island is by renting a car or a motor scooter, although bicycles are available as well. Depending on your interest, you can ride to the outskirts of the island or visit the island’s main town of Papeete.

A plethora of dining options awaits you on the island. You can find traditional Polynesian dishes at many of the resorts or choose a more international menu at restaurants across the island. The cuisine is largely inspired by French and Asian styles, and you can expect to find fresh seafood (particularly tuna and jackfish) as well as a variety of other high-quality options.

If you’re looking for a unique and romantic setting to celebrate a special occasion, Lagoon Restaurant by Jean-Georges is an excellent choice. Situated on the lagoon, it boasts a glass-fronted restaurant with a stunning view of Mt. Otemanu and the surrounding lagoon.

In addition to its incredible food, Lagoon Restaurant by Jean-Georges also has one of the most extensive wine lists in French Polynesia. Its seven-course menu is a true delight, and you can’t go wrong with a few of its specialties like seared Mahi Mahi or Langostino Risotto.

It’s a good idea to book in advance for this upscale restaurant, and it can be a little difficult to get a reservation here. But if you’re willing to plan ahead, it can be an unforgettable dinner for two in this romantic setting.

The only thing that can match the beauty of this secluded restaurant is the exquisite food! Order a starter of calamari, and then move on to a main course of salmon or grilled swordfish. Then finish off with a dessert of crepe brûlée or a chocolate lava cake.

Another delicious option is to eat breakfast at Vaitape’s lagoon-facing Saint James. It offers a continental package that includes bread, butter, jam and pastries. Or you can order items a la carte, including eggs Benedict.

As with any travel destination, it’s important to take precautions to stay safe and healthy on your vacation. It’s important to drink plenty of water, eat a balanced diet and apply mosquito repellent. It’s also a good idea to wear sun protection during the hotter months of the year.

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