Bora Bora is an island paradise located in the Pacific Leeward Islands, approximately 2,600 miles south of Hawaii. Travelers enjoy snorkeling in the clear lagoon, sunbathing, and experiencing the Polynesian culture. The island is a French possession. Most residents speak French and Tahitian, but it is fairly easy for an English speaker to make his or her way around the island.
Getting to Bora Bora
Commercial flights from Air Tahiti arrive at the Moto Mute airport on the north side of the island. On the way to the airport, visitors are struck by the incredible beauty of the lagoon and Mount Otemanu, an extinct volcano in its center.
Where to Stay
Most visitors to the island stay in luxury resorts, including the Hotel Sofitel Bora Bora Marara Beach Resort and the Four Seasons. There are also holiday villas, some in overwater bungalows. The resorts offer amenities like spas and excursions while the villas have peaceful surroundings and personal service.
Where to Eat
Polynesian food is a healthy cuisine featuring the freshest catch from local fisheries. One of the favorite dishes is called Poisson cru, a dish made of raw fish marinated in lime and coconut milk.
French food is also one of the local specialties. There are several fine French restaurants on the island including The Chef’s Table and the Lagoon Restaurant.
Bora Bora offers a wide variety of both relaxing activities for visitors to enjoy. Sunbathing and swimming at Matira Beach, the only public beach on the island, is one of the most popular. The water temperature averages 80 degrees Fahrenheit / 27 degrees Celsius year round.
Nature lovers will enjoy seeing the incredible variety of marine life, including brightly colored tropical fish and black-tipped reef sharks. The sharks are not aggressive and many snorkelers and divers enjoy taking photos with them. Ocean creatures can also be viewed close up at the Lagoonarium, a natural aquarium where families can interact with sea turtles, fish, and stingrays.
Charter boat rides and jet skiing are two of the ways visitors enjoy the lagoon. For those looking for adventures on land, 4 X 4 tours provide an adrenaline rush. Hikers can take advantage of the slopes of Mount Otemanu.
A trip to Bora Bora is uniquely relaxing and will provide visitors with beautiful memories to enjoy for the rest of their lives. Enjoy the wonders of nature and the best dining and accommodations.