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Bora Bora, French Polynesia

Bora Bora is universally revered as the quintessential holiday destination for hopeless romantics. And why not? If its idyllic location isn't captivating enough, there's the sheer decadent beauty of the place. Silky stretches of deserted white sand. The rocky black peaks of Mount Otemanu and Mount Pahia. And all of it bounded by a necklace of coral gardens dotting a fish-filled lagoon. Maybe this explains why honeymooners and Hollywood types have been enchanted with this Polynesian pearl for decades.

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Bora Bora, French Polynesia

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The One Thing You Don't Want to Miss

Since you'll be arriving by ship, it may be a good idea to hop aboard a chopper and see how stunning the island is from the sky. Want a complete Bora Bora experience? Helicopter up to Mount Pahia and hike back down. Or if you're feeling up for the challenge you can hike up and hike down. Either way, the views from atop of this magical mountain are other-worldly!

Other Fun Things to Do

Island by Le Truck

Onboard 'Le Truck', pass the district of Fa'anui and make a short photo stop at Fa'anui Bay. Visit the ancient ceremonial site Fa'anui Marae to learn about the pareo, the traditional wrap-around and sample exotic fruits. Make another photo stop at Taihi Point. At Mama Edna's place, try local food specialities, as well as purchase refreshments and local pareos. From a lookout point, see Mt. Otemanu. Pass by the Club Med Village before reaching Matira Beach and Bloody Mary's Restaurant.

Glass Bottom Boat

Journey across the lagoon and learn about the marine life from your guide. Enjoy views of Bora Bora above the waterline. Look through a glass window to see tropical fish. Before heading back to the pier, a crew member will dive under the boat and feed schools of fish right before your eyes. A roof provides you with protection from the sun and eliminates glare.

Sporting Adventures

Break out the flippers and an underwater camera! It would be downright silly to come to an island like this and not sign up for some underwater adventure. There are tons of snorkelling and scuba diving tours available. And if you'd prefer to explore on your own – dive in! You'll be greeted by many a manta ray and too many tropical fish to count.

Shopping for Bargains

The tiny harbour town of Vaitape is a great place to shop for t-shirts and trinkets and is only a short walk from the dock. If you're treasure hunting for black pearls, you'll find some for sale here or you can seek out the other shops around the island that specialise in the glamorous gemstone.

Get a Taste of Local Flavour

There are plenty of places to stop for a snack on Bora Bora and a few fine dining options as well. Fish and fruit are the stars here – you'll find them prepared with French flavours and Polynesian accents. If you're looking for a romantic dinner for two, make sure you call ahead. Remember, most people who come here are looking for a romantic dinner for two.

Local Currency

The currency used in French Polynesia is the French Pacific Franc (CFP).

Weather in Bora Bora, French Polynesia

Month:

Temperature Fahrenheit Celsius
Average High 87° 30.56°
Average Low 79° 26.11°
Mean Temperature N/A N/A
Record High N/A N/A
Record Low N/A N/A
Precipitation Inches Centimetres
Average Precip. 6.82 in 17.32 cm

Before You Visit

Learn more about this port city with these tourist information guides.