One of the South Pacific’s pearls of great price (quite a price! ), Bora Bora, a short flight from Tahiti. The island’s airport is visible in the lower left corner.
Looks like a fantasy? These huts could be your reality… if you take a second mortgage on your home!
Many of the best resorts on Bora Bora cling to the inside of the ring reef, as opposed to sitting on the island, where visitors are even more divorced from reality than they would be onshore. Space around the reef is obviously limited so water bungalows have become a neccessity, not a luxury. Though they are luxurious too!
Tourist accommodation in Bora Bora is mostly in over-water bungalows – some with glass floors so guests can watch marine life drift below- though quality and price differs considerably. Bargains are hard to find but book well ahead for the off-season and discounts will appear. We’ve never been to Bora Bora as we are budget travelers, so the extravagant room terrace photo is of and by the Four Seasons hotel.
Things to Do
Attractions in Bora Bora are limited to beaches and marine activities apart from climbing a peak or two and admiring a couple of old cannon.
Sailing, wind or kite surfing, paddle boarding and kayaking are all available inside the lagoon as well as the obvious snorkeling and rental cycles.
Public transport n’existe pas. The local language is French though naturally those involved in tourism – nearly everybody – speak English.
Some hotels indulge in spectacular pools in addition to the massive, natural lagoon pool. This is the Four Seasons, photo by Didierlefort.
Black Tip Reef sharks outside Bora Bora’s atoll; not a man-eating kind of shark, unless you look especially tasty so scuba and snorkelling are popular activities. Photo by Supertoff.
The best months in Bora Bora are May-October, winter, when sunshine hours are at their highest, rainfall and humidity at its lowest and temperatures move gently from comfortable highs of about 29C (84F) to lows of about 25C (77F).