Bora Bora has been described as the center of the romantic universe. It is love at first sight! Author James Michener once wrote that Bora Bora is “the most beautiful island in the world.”
The star attraction of Bora Bora is the lagoon! The waters resemble an artist’s palette of bright blues greens and turquoise. This island is dramatically beautiful. Here you will find stunning views of Mt. Otemanu, powdery white-sand beaches, and sparkling lagoon water perfect for admiring an array of tropical fish and manta rays.
A 50-minute flight from Tahiti or Moorea, Bora Bora offers a great selection of luxurious resorts & spas on private islands surround the main island with the towering Mt. Otemanu overseeing all.
Bora Bora is an excellent island to experience one of the overwater bungalows that the region is famous for. You will find many unique overwater options on Bora Bora, thatched-roof villas that create the fabled ambiance of a Polynesian getaway.
In Bora Bora, the lagoon is the highlight. There are many great water-based activities to try. Here are some of our favorites:
Shark & Ray Snorkeling Safari (half day)
Here is a wonderful and easy way to get acquainted with sharks, rays and tropical fishes of Bora Bora. Your close encounter begins after you don a snorkeling mask and float in the shallow lagoon waters behind a secure rope. Docile sharks arrive in schools and are hand-fed by your guide just a few feet away. Later in the same tour, you’ll stand in shallow waters as graceful rays circle you with ballet-like movements.
Pure Snorkeling by Reef Discovery (3 ½ hours)
Embark on a comfortable & covered speed boat to discover the underwater world of Bora Bora! You will only need fins, mask and a snorkel to see the clear waters, colorful fishes, beautiful coral gardens and above all the majestic manta rays and eagle rays in preserved natural sites. Your guide will share with you his knowledge of the island and lagoon. The guide will assist you while getting in the water and during all dives for your safety and comfort. Good swimmer or beginner, you will enjoy this unique experience!
Jet Ski Guided Tour
Go on an adventure around the Bora Bora lagoon on your own jet ski with your guide out in front. This is the perfect opportunity to take in all the lagoon’s blue hues and snap some incredible photos of the island and lagoon (waterproof compartment for cameras on the jet ski).
Aqua Safari Helmet Dive (1½ hours)
Discover the fabulous underwater world 20 feet below the surface without even getting your head wet! Equipped with a diving helmet, go for an unforgettable experience: walking in Bora Bora’s spectacular lagoon, which some say is the most beautiful in the world. No need to be a diver or a good swimmer. Your head remains dry inside the helmet and you get fresh air from the boat via an air-hose. Even feed the tropical fish by hand!
The resorts on Bora Bora all offer a great selection of fine dining on the property as well as more casual options. You will also find some very good local restaurants on the main island. This is a great way to experience some of the local flavor! Below is a list of some of our favorites.
Since most of the resorts on Bora Bora are on private islands, you will need to take a resort boat shuttle to the main island if you are going in for dinner. Most of the resort do charge a fee for their boat shuttles. Once you are on the main island, most local restaurants will provide complimentary transportation to/from your resort’s boat shuttle dock.
Most probably THE best fine dining in Bora Bora. At Villa Mahana cuisine is an art and Chef Damien has ravished many palates with his French Mediterranean cuisine. The restaurant is always fully booked weeks and even months ahead so be sure to make your reservation way in advance. The restaurant’s walls are adorned with artist Garrick Yrondi’s house, the whole block built in Mediterranean style. Reservations required way in advance.
An amazing dining option in Bora Bora, a short walk from the Vaitape pier. Emphasis on French cuisine but with a hint of Tahiti and the result is just exquisite. The restaurant located right by the water offers beautiful views on the lagoon. The Bar area is all sandy floor and Romain’s cocktails are the best! For lunch they have set menus fairly priced for Bora Bora.
This very exotic restaurant has made its name and has become a not-to-be-missed spot when visiting Bora Bora. A large wooden panel signed by all the celebrities who have visited the place welcomes you to Bloody Mary’s. Everything is built with beautiful woods, seats and tables are from coconut trunks, floor is all white sand. Ladies forget the heels! What is special there? Well the incredible choice of fresh seafood. You get to pick your own catch of the day out of a selection of local favorites. Try the parrot fish (oh so tender) or treat yourself to lobster!
Overlooking the water, the MaiKai restaurant features international, French & Tahitian cuisine. Choose from a nice selection of tuna carpaccios or tartars. They organize some fun parties once in a while.