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Bora Bora
Travel Guide

Bora Bora featuring general coastal views, mountains and tropical scenes

Known as a playground for the rich and famous, this beautiful island in French Polynesia offers white sandy beaches, lush tropical valleys and crystal-clear water.

Bora Bora’s stunning beaches, lush greenery and soaring volcanic peaks make it a perfect vacation destination. Relax on the beautiful beaches, snorkel the tropical reefs or enjoy a cocktail at one of the many luxury hotels and resorts on the island.

The enormous range of hotels and resorts on Bora Bora make it possible to do nothing but sunbathe and swim, but if you are looking for action, the water is the place to be. Bora Bora has both a lagoon and a barrier reef, so many water activities are easily arranged. Scuba diving is an excellent way to view the marine life on the reef, and there are many diving schools that rent equipment.

Hire a boat and take advantage of the year-round game-fishing opportunities, fishing for Pacific blue marlin and mahi-mahi. Parasail over the lagoon or take a catamaran cruise across the clear, turquoise waters. See if you can spot one of the sea turtles, or, if you’re feeling more adventurous, book in for one of the shark-feeding experiences.

Hire a bicycle or scooter and head to Matira Beach, which has a mile and a quarter (two kilometers) of white sand. The coral heads attract tropical fish, which makes it a great place to snorkel.

Back on dry land, take a guided hike up Mount Pahia and Mount Otemanu, the two remaining peaks of an extinct volcano. You could also take a four-wheel-drive excursion along the overgrown forest roads of the island’s interior.

Bora Bora is also known as a popular destination for celebrities. Visit Bloody Mary’s Restaurant and Bar, a popular local hangout, and check out the bar’s wall of fame. This has the names of the many celebrities who have dined there, including Jimmy Buffet, Pierce Brosnan and Goldie Hawn. Sit back and sip a cocktail while you enjoy the atmosphere on one of the most lovely islands in the world.

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Where to stay in Bora Bora

Le Bora Bora by Pearl Resorts
Le Bora Bora by Pearl Resorts
4.5 out of 5
Motu Tevairoa, Bora Bora
Free Cancellation
The price is ¥108,224 per night from Jun 1 to Jun 1
Located in Bora Bora, this beachfront resort is on the boardwalk and within 3 mi (5 km) of Pearl Resort Beach and Vaitape Harbor. Mt. Otemanu and Matira Beach ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (340 reviews)
Like a Dream!
"We stayed here over New Years and everything was absolutely perfect. They picked us up from the Bora Bora airport and gave us a flower/grass crown. They had our room ready before check in. We paid for a premium room but were surprised we also got a private pool. They welcomed us with a fruit platter. ..."

Reviewed on Jan 13, 2021

Le Bora Bora by Pearl Resorts
InterContinental Le Moana Resort Bora Bora, an IHG Hotel
InterContinental Le Moana Resort Bora Bora, an IHG Hotel
4 out of 5
Matira Point, BP 156 Vaitape, Bora Bora, Bora Bora
The price is ¥56,131 per night from May 15 to May 15
Nestled on the beach, this Bora Bora hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Matira Beach, Motu Piti, and Matira Point. Coral Gardens is 1 mi (1.6 km) away.
4.7/5Exceptional! (193 reviews)
"Can’t say enough positive things about this resort. From the start, the manager Laurence greeted us with the earnest welcome and the rest of the week, her staff went above and beyond to take care of us. The service and hospitality here is at 10 out of 10. We checked out a few other resorts while ..."

Reviewed on Jan 17, 2021

InterContinental Le Moana Resort Bora Bora, an IHG Hotel
Conrad Bora Bora Nui
Conrad Bora Bora Nui
5 out of 5
BP 502 Vaitape, Bora Bora
The price is ¥91,378 per night from May 11 to May 11
Nestled on the beach, this Bora Bora resort is within 2 mi (3 km) of Matira Beach, Motu Piti, and Matira Point. Mt. Otemanu and Coral Gardens are also within ...
4.7/5Exceptional! (224 reviews)
"Snorkeling right off your overwater villa deck is fantastic. We love the steady breeze and even though technically we were there in the rainy season, only 3 of our 11 days was very rainy, with only short or overnight showers between sunny and partly cloudy skies. For us, Conrad Hilton's location, ..."

Reviewed on Jan 5, 2021

Conrad Bora Bora Nui
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Studio Vue Lagon Feti'a
Studio Vue Lagon Feti'a
Bora Bora, Îles Sous-le-Vent
Situated in Bora Bora, this apartment building is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from White Valley and within 6 mi (10 km) of Matira Beach and Matira Point. Mt. Otemanu and ...
Studio Vue Lagon Feti'a
Tahiti Sail and Dive
Tahiti Sail and Dive
3.5 out of 5
Office du Tourisme, Quai de Vaitape, Bora Bora
Nestled on the beach, this Bora Bora houseboat is 0.2 mi (0.3 km) from Vaitape Harbor and 1.5 mi (2.5 km) from Mt. Otemanu. Tupitipiti Point and Mt. Pahia are ...
Tahiti Sail and Dive
Cocos Place Bora Bora - CAR Included
Cocos Place Bora Bora - CAR Included
Bora Bora, Bora Bora
Situated in the mountains, this historic vacation home is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from White Valley and within 6 mi (10 km) of Matira Beach and Le Meridien Beach. Matira ...
5/5Exceptional! (1 review)
Truly Exceptional
"I can't begin to say enough about this property! We were met at the ferry by Tituau and driven to the most comfortable, decorated to perfection, well supplied home with a spectacular view. The kitchen had all you needed to prepare a large meal, pots and pans, dishes, silverware to entertain 8+ not ..."

Reviewed on Oct 14, 2020

Cocos Place Bora Bora - CAR Included
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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Reviews of Bora Bora

4.8

Top Destination

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5/5 - Excellent

Bibi

Feb 26, 2020

Everything is like in the pictures on the internet. For the first time the reality exceeded the pictures

5/5 - Excellent

PatriciaSimenta

Feb 20, 2020

Definitely the place to go to and disconnect from the routine and enjoy paradise.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Feb 16, 2020

Pretty island, the flower smell is everywhere although we are here at the end of rainy season, which probably helps. Parts of the island seem a little run down.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Feb 9, 2020

We will back!!

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Feb 3, 2020

Magical

2/5 - Disappointing

Verified traveler

Jan 30, 2020

Polynesians are lovely but burn area : no more fish, destroyed corals everywhere, pollution because of too many people and Touristic business , sad évolution of nature.

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