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Bora BoraFrench Polynesia

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.

Bora Bora Travel Guide Video

Where to stay in Bora Bora

Vaitape featuring a bay or harbor and a sunset

Vaitape

Vaitape

Top Hotels in Bora Bora

Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora
Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora
5 out of 5
Motu Tehotu, Bora Bora, Bora Bora
The price is ¥132,743 per night from Nov 1 to Nov 2

Nestled on the beach, this Bora Bora resort is within 6 mi (10 km) of Raiatea Marina, Matira Beach, and Le Meridien Beach. Mt. Otemanu and Motu Piti are also ...

4.8/5Exceptional! (345 reviews)

"This resort was a dream for a bora bora honeymoon. Highly recommended."…"

Reviewed on Mar 8, 2020

Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora
The St. Regis Bora Bora Resort
The St. Regis Bora Bora Resort
5 out of 5
Motu Ome'e BP 506, Bora Bora
The price is ¥119,217 per night from Oct 12 to Oct 13

This Bora Bora resort is on the beach, 0.9 mi (1.4 km) from Mt. Otemanu, and within 6 mi (10 km) of Le Meridien Beach and Coral Gardens. Matira Beach is 5.9 ...

4.8/5Exceptional! (127 reviews)

"This is heaven. Clean facilities, great amenities and more than helpful staff to help inanything you want."…"

Reviewed on Feb 12, 2020

The St. Regis Bora Bora Resort
Conrad Bora Bora Nui
Conrad Bora Bora Nui
5 out of 5
BP 502 Vaitape, Bora Bora
The price is ¥61,561 per night from Nov 1 to Nov 2

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! (213 reviews)

"The staff was extremely friendly and helpful. The resort was well maintained and beautiful. Some opportunities would include having more or different breakfast options and having more times for the the boat transfers to the main island. In the end I had an amazing experience and would definitely ..."…"

Reviewed on Aug 29, 2020

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.

Vacation Rentals in Bora Bora

SUNSET HILL LODGE
SUNSET HILL LODGE
3 out of 5
BP 58, Bora Bora, Bora Bora
The price is ¥9,764 per night from Oct 3 to Oct 4

Situated in Bora Bora, this apartment building is 0.7 mi (1.2 km) from Vaitape Harbor and 1.8 mi (2.9 km) from Mt. Otemanu. Tupitipiti Point and Mt. Pahia are ...

4.3/5Excellent! (7 reviews)

"THE place to stay on Bora Bora and not break the bank! Gerard and Moea were beyond gracious hosts. Room was lovely, comfortable, and convenient to Vaitape. Moea handled pick-up, drop-off, reservations and bookings with class, charm, and a big smile. Gerard upgraded my room, shared bananas fresh off ..."…"

Reviewed on Feb 1, 2020

SUNSET HILL LODGE
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 within 1 mi (2 km) of White Valley and Le Meridien Beach. Mt. Otemanu is 1.7 mi (2.7 km) away.

Tahiti Sail and Dive
Villa Bora Bora Lagoon
Villa Bora Bora Lagoon
4.5 out of 5
Route de Ceinture, Vaitape, Bora Bora

Situated near the beach, this luxury vacation home is 0.7 mi (1.1 km) from Vaitape Harbor and 1.7 mi (2.8 km) from Mt. Otemanu. Tupitipiti Point and Mt. Pahia ...

Villa Bora Bora Lagoon
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.

Popular places to visit in Bora Bora

Matira Beach
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Matira Beach

4.5/5(75 reviews)

Find out why this is one of Bora Bora’s most popular public beaches when you explore its exquisite white sands, gorgeous lagoon waters and waterfront precinct.

Bora Bora Lagoonarium
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Bora Bora Lagoonarium

5/5(49 reviews)

Discover the amazing array of marine creatures that live below the surface of Bora Bora’s beautiful lagoon at this natural aquarium on a small islet.

Matira Point
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Matira Point

4.5/5(49 reviews)

Overlooked by luxurious resorts and atmospheric bars, Bora Bora’s southernmost tip is a narrow stretch of lush forest skirted by white sands and cerulean waters.

Mt. Otemanu
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Mt. Otemanu

5/5(57 reviews)

There are plenty of ways to experience Bora Bora’s mesmerizing peak, including sightseeing boat tours, helicopter rides, catamaran trips and hiking adventures.

Le Meridien Beach
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Le Meridien Beach

5/5(25 reviews)

Spend days lazing by the lagoon framed by magnificent Mount Otemanu and explore the waters with your snorkel and mask and visit a turtle sanctuary.

Motu Piti
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Motu Piti

5/5(20 reviews)

Indulge in the utmost in luxury on this private island where the crystal-clear waters, white-sand beaches and impeccable facilities are unforgettable. 

Top things to do in Bora Bora

Bora Bora Lagoon Snorkeling Tour with Shark & Stingray
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Bora Bora Lagoon Snorkeling Tour with Shark & Stingray

¥9,291
Per adult
94% of travellers recommend
Polynesian Island Full-Day Tour
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Polynesian Island Full-Day Tour

¥14,537
Per adult
98% of travellers recommend
Guided Bora Bora Jet Ski Adventure
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Guided Bora Bora Jet Ski Adventure

¥27,874
Per adult
96% of travellers recommend
Bora Bora Sunset Cruise & Dinner at Restaurant St. James
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Bora Bora Sunset Cruise & Dinner at Restaurant St. James

¥21,748
Per adult
84% of travellers recommend
Polynesian Island Half-Day Tour
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Polynesian Island Half-Day Tour

¥11,087
Per adult
100% of travellers recommend
Croisière TUPAI
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Croisière TUPAI

¥20,512
Per adult

Reviews of Bora Bora

4.8

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
130
5 - Excellent 84.41558441558442%
4 - Good
18
4 - Good 11.688311688311689%
3 - Okay
3
3 - Okay 1.948051948051948%
2 - Disappointing
3
2 - Disappointing 1.948051948051948%
1 - Terrible
0
1 - Terrible 0%

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.

Cities near Bora Bora

Vaitape featuring a bay or harbor and a sunset

Vaitape

Matira Point featuring general coastal views, tropical scenes and mountains

Point Matira

Sofitel Resort Beach featuring a beach, general coastal views and tropical scenes

Nunue

Le Meridien Beach showing tropical scenes, general coastal views and a sandy beach

Motu Tape