There’s no doubt about it—Bora Bora is a stunningly beautiful island paradise. With a crystal clear turquoise lagoon (very possibly the most beautiful in the world), coral gardens and white sandy beaches, there’s so much to see and do. Hiking the island, visiting its numerous small islets, called motu in Tahitian, snorkeling, taking a cruise on the lagoon or over the reef, shopping for exotic black pearls or wooden tikis, dining at one of Bora Bora’s world-famous restaurants, taking a relaxing spa treatment, or just lying out in the tropical sun and enjoying the sunshine are all great ways to experience this special place.

Of course, a visit to Bora Bora wouldn’t be complete without tasting its famous food and drink. Hinano beer, the local brew, is an iconic choice, and it’s available at the main market in Vaitape as well as at most restaurants around the island. Another local favorite is the sweet and creamy coconut pastry tiara, which is a must-try.

If you’re looking for a more adventurous way to explore Bora Bora, consider renting a jet ski. Whether you’re an experienced jet skier or it’s your first time behind the wheel, you’ll enjoy a thrilling day of adventure in this tropical paradise.

The beaches on Bora Bora aren’t huge by any stretch of the imagination, but they offer some of the most gorgeous water in the world. A swim in the warm, clear waters is a must. And a boat trip around the island offers even more opportunities to take in the amazing scenery and spectacular views of the blue lagoon.

A visit to Bora Bora isn’t complete without a taste of its rich culture. Learn the traditional songs and dances, make friends with the local people and immerse yourself in their way of life on land and at sea. And don’t forget to save room for dessert, because the island is renowned for its delectable cuisine.

If you’re an avid hiker, you’ll love the opportunity to take on the island’s highest peak—Mount Otemanu and Mount Pahia. This stunning hike takes you through lush native vegetation and to a historic marae, where ancient temples once stood. The moss-covered altars and petroglyphs will transport you back in time.

A visit to Bora Bora is a unique opportunity to witness the power of mana, which is a spiritual energy that lives within the island. And you’ll feel it even more when you take part in a sacred ceremony that honors the gods of the ocean and mountains. Sacred dances, prayers and offerings of flowers are all part of this experience, which will undoubtedly leave you feeling renewed and refreshed. This is a special experience that should be on every traveler’s bucket list!

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