Main city: Bora Bora has no cities, and the largest settlement is in Vaitape
Currency: French Pacific Franc
Official Language: French is the main language spoken on the islands with Tahitian and English being widely spoken languages
Coming in as the star performer of French Polynesia in the South Pacific, Bora Bora is a destination as unique and intriguing as its name. If you don’t have this mystical beauty of an island on your “must see” places list, you’re going to want to add it after reading all about it. Many islands leave us with a feeling of a romantic ideal, but Bora Bora is in fact a romantic reality, which is just one of the reasons it’s one of the most popular spots for honeymooners to enjoy its bliss. Just northwest of Tahiti one can revel in all the beauty off the island, warm smiles and colorful flower leis in tow. From the picturesque lagoons to the iconic Mount Otemanu, the famous overwater bungalows and the tiny islands that make up the bigger picture, Bora Bora is the real island paradise, ready to welcome you to quiet seclusion and luxury beyond imagination. Just imagine…The village of Vaitape with its boutiques and 5 star restaurants, Mount Pahia and Otemanu excursions, snorkeling, diving and paddle boarding for the more adventurous, or simple relaxation with some of the best spas for the more relaxed individuals…all your dreams can finally come true.
Must see places in Bora Bora
If you’re keen on getting a great hike in on your trip, Mount Otemanu offers you a pretty impressive mountain view of the area. It’s actually a remnant of an ancient volcano, and rises a whopping 2,400 feet above the surface of the mount, which is nestled in a breathtaking sparkling emerald lagoon.
This is one of the island’s most popular beaches, and for good reason! With its white sands and a walking trail that leads to a WWII site, this beach isn’t just for getting sun kissed. Choose from exploring the reef on foot during low tide, or perhaps you’d like to try snorkeling, kayaking or canoeing when the tide comes back in.
As the name implies, this is a portmanteau of a lagoon and an aquarium. The man-made enclosed zoo is home to marine life such as sea turtles, dolphins, sting rays ad sharks to name but a few. This is probably one of the best spots to get to really see some of the more than 500 species of aquatic animals that call Bora Bora home up close.
The Coral Gardens
Hidden beneath the scenic turquoise waters of Bora Bora, lies the majestic sight of the Coral Gardens. This destination is great for divers and snorkelers who want to ensure their best chances of swimming with exotic fish species.
Just off the northern tip of Bora Bora, you’ll be left breathless by the diverse variety of marine life present at White Valley. There will never be a better opportunity to spot parrotfish, soldier fish or butterfly fish this way, in their natural habitat.
Things to do in Bora Bora
Whether you choose to visit some of Bora Bora’s neighbouring islands, or just sail around them, sailing is one of the must do experiences on the island. There’s an abundance of cruise companies offering anything from catamaran to motorized canoe opportunities to help you get the most out of the watery wonderland that is Bora Bora.
When one is surrounded by stunning bodies of water, the most obvious and memorable thing to do would have to e to get in the water and swim with the fish! Matira Beach is one of the most popular snorkeling spots on the island and offers some truly unique encounters.
Witness the shark feeding
It might seem a little scary at first, but witnessing how the local divers hand feed reef sharks and groups of gray rays is an experience unlike anything else. You can also snorkel with the rays, but if you’re a little freaked out, you can always opt to just stay in the canoe
Go on a Jeep Tour
There are land-based activities in Bora Bora too, and the Jeep Tours is one of the best out there. The Jeeps wander the island, visiting destinations such as the WWII ruins, and off course the summit climb, where travelers are welcomed by mountain climbing guides to take you up to the top in the safest possible way.
With awe inspiring sights such as the volcanic crater, the stunning natural surrounds and the indigenous wildlife, Bora Bora is a photographer’s dream come true.
Best time to visit Bora Bora
Tourists visit Bora Bora from April to November
Because Bora Bora sees a rather stable climate year round, you can really visit the island any time of the year. Average temperatures range between the mid 20’s and the 30’s when things get a little hotter. If you’re not keen on the rainy season, you’d be better off avoiding traveling here during the months November to April, which is also when the humidity levels can become a little uncomfortable.
Did you know?
The main reason why Bora Bora is so famous has to be the fact that it’s one of the most romantic and isolated islands in the world, making it heaven on earth for honeymooners and celebrities alike.
If you want to win the hearts of the locals, try the Tahitian phrase “mauru'uru” for a warm greeting or just “la Ora na” for Hello
- Foie Gras is a mixture of eggplant seeped in spices
- Rotisserie Pork
- Mahi Mahi dishes are prepared with vanilla sauce and are known to be some of Bora Bora’s finest delicacies
- Tahitian Vanilla Panna Cotta
- Banana or Papaya Puree
- Poison Cru is the national fish dish of French Polynesia and consists of raw fish with lemon juice and coconut milk tossed into a fresh salad
- Tahitian fruit pudding
- Fresh seafood
- Be prepared to be weighed and measured - when traveling to Bora Bora you’ll have to step on the scale at the airport in Tahiti to be measured
- If you plan to go snorkeling it’s essential to pack good quality reef shoes
- Stick to sealed bottled water for drinking on the islands