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. Only In Bora Bora!
Only In Bora Bora
Bora Bora is a small island in French Polynesia northwest of Tahiti in the South Pacific. It is hard to imagine any place on Earth with so much beauty concentrated in just one spot. The small, lush island is surrounded by tiny islets fringed with sparkling white sand and a blue lagoon surrounded by a barrier coral reef. In the heart of the island is an extinct volcano with its one peak. Mount Otemanu, piercing the sky at 2,385 feet.
When you have some energy to burn, we suggest checking out the underwater life at the Bora Bora Lagoonarium and the Coral Gardens. For a taste of the local culture, take a jaunt into Vaitape. And whether you photograph it at a distance or climb its rocky slopes, Mount Otemanu is a must-see.
Dining With The Stars At Bloody Mary’s
From Brando to DiCaprio, who hasn’t eaten at the legendary Bloody Mary’s in Bora Bora? Grab a table beneath the traditional thatched roof. With nothing but sand between your toes and delicious food on your table.
Dinner time is the best time to visit when freshly caught seafood is waiting to be handpicked by diners. And of course, don’t forget to order a bloody mary!
Take A Boat Around The Island
Being one of the top things to do in Bora Bora. There are numerous companies offering cruises around the islands. And you can decide whether you’d like to go for snorkeling or sunset. Both sounded like fantastic choices, but we opted for the snorkeling cruises since I have a slight obsession with swimming with the fish!
It’s true – the water really is that clear! And turquoise!
Swimming with Sharks and Manta Rays
On a Shark & Ray Snorkel Safari, you’ll have the opportunity to swim alongside. Touch and feed the sharks and rays or if you’re too squeamish you can admire them from the boat!
Of course, an experienced guide is with you the entire time, making sure you know how to react to these powerful creatures and that the situation is safe. You won’t believe what it feels like when a 4-foot wide manta ray brushes up against you.
Climb Mount Pahia
The largest mountain in Bora Bora is actually Mount Otemanu. But it is better seen from below due to the brittle volcanic rock at the summit. As an alternative, if you like to climb, enjoy adventure and would like to see an incredible 360 view of Bora Bora. Then Climbing Mount Pahia should be on your list. This is a tough climb that should be done with a guide since there is not a marked trail.
It will take at least an hour and a half up the mountain and at times will go from walking to crawling to climbing to make your way up. It is all worth it when you make it to the top. And look around to see the amazing view of the island and surrounding waters. Once again this is not a casual climb and I only recommend if for advanced climbers. Make sure you pack your hiking shoes!
Taste Poisson Cru
This traditional Tahitian recipe is marinated, raw fish, seasoned with fresh coconut milk and lime. It’s an exotic dish that tastes like island paradise. You’ll find it on most restaurant menus in Bora Bora. It also appears on the breakfast buffet at most resorts.
Because it’s simply prepared with quality super-fresh ingredients, Poisson Cru is a reliably good dish to select where-ever you are eating in Bora Bora. Portions are generous and the price is moderate so it’s very good value as well as healthy.
Imagine exploring one of Bora Bora’s turquoise lagoons on board an open underwater scooter for two! You can only experience it in Bora Bora and on Maurice Island and nowhere else. Your scooter will be slowly immersed in water from a platform and once underwater. You will be able to explore the lagoon and the rich marine life in the company of a scuba diver.
Your head will be covered with a glass helmet and you will be able to breathe normally. The aquabike is powered by electric propulsion and is autonomous – you can move freely. The dive will take about 40 minutes and you will travel about 1.5 km at the depth of about 15 feet. You have to be 16 to pilot the aquabike and the kids have to be eight years or older to be passengers.