Undoubtedly the most famous island in Polynesia, Bora Bora is a place of remarkable beauty, secluded luxury and turquoise waters. it’s an island in the Leeward group of the Society Islands of French Polynesia, an overseas collectivity of France in the Pacific Ocean. The island is surrounded by a lagoon and a barrier reef and in the centre of the island are the remnants of an extinct volcano rising to two peaks, Mount Pahia and Mount Otemanu, embrace all romantics and island enthusiasts who come to experience what a true tropical paradise adventure should be.
The main objective of a Bora Bora vacation is relaxation, and this small island offers innumerable ways to achieve it. Repose on the deck of your overwater bungalow, cool off in the luminous lagoon surrounding Bora Bora, or bike around the island at a leisurely pace. To short this long long imaginary travel, we enlist the top 5 traveling spot in this unearthly beautiful island.
1. Matira Beach
Matira Beach is one of the only public access beaches in Bora Bora, making it extremely popular with visitors. The water is crystal clear, and the sand is soft and downy. Matira Beach is also peppered with resorts, shops and eateries, so it’s a convenient place to spend most of a day.
Tips: Make sure you walk down the beach to the small cafe and get a casse-croute.
Bora Bora’s main town on the west coast of the island is worth a few hours of your time. You’ll find a number of eateries and boutiques along its central (and unnamed) corridor. Vaitape also boasts a tourist office, a couple of gas stations, and a medical center, among other establishments.
If you’re looking for a high-class souvenir, you might want to visit the Tahiti Pearl Company and purchase some beautiful black pearl jewelry. The intimate art galleries are another must-do. And for a good time, Bloody Mary’s restaurant and bar is a good place to let loose. On the other hand, for romance and exclusivity, book a table at Villa Mahana. Depending on where your accommodations are located, you can get to Vaitape by taxi, bicycle, or Le Truck bus.
3. Mount Otemanu
Mount Otemanu is one of two extinct volcanoes at the center of the island. Rising 2,400 feet above the lagoon, this volcanic remnant makes for a dramatic photo op or an adrenalin-pumping adventure. Many travelers are floored by the mountain’s otherworldly beauty.You can enjoy Mount Otemanu in all sorts of ways—a 4×4 tour, a guided hiking trip, a helicopter tour or some casual snapshots on the beach.
Tips: If you’re looking to experience the volcano with a sightseeing tour, Maire Tours is a respected company.
4. Bora Bora Coral Garden
On a small islet just east of the main island and directly across from the Sofitel Marara, you’ll find a gorgeous coral reef. Because the reef isn’t far below the water, all you need to bring with you to spy the cache of colorful fish is some snorkeling goggles. To reach the Coral Gardens, Tahiti Tourisme suggests a handful of tour operators. You’ll find these operators near the Bora Bora Lagoonarium on a small motu (island) east of the main one. Because the reef is really close to the shore, you can get there via a five-minute boat ride or you can swim there in 20 minutes.
Tips: Bring your aqua socks/shoes, the beaches are corally, not soft sand!
5. Bora Bora Lagoonarium
The Bora Bora Lagoonarium is a natural aquarium on a small motu (island), just east of the main island. (By “natural,” we mean that this aquarium isn’t man-made. Rather, it’s a portion of the actual lagoon). One of the coolest things about this family-owned attraction is that you can actually snorkel on the premises, under the supervision of wildlife guides. Beneath the lagoon’s surface, you’ll spy sharks, turtles, rays, and many different kinds of ocean fish. And depending on what tour you choose (full-day, half-day morning, or half-day afternoon), you’ll enjoy a number of other perks like a canoe tour of the island or a barbeque picnic.
Tips: Warning though with feeding stingrays – be careful.