Conjuring up postcard-perfect images of South Pacific indulgence and breathtaking scenic surrounds, Bora Bora is a little haven of exclusive luxury in French Polynesia. The volcanic origins of the island can be seen in the two dormant peaks, Mount Pahia and Mount Otemanu, which are ringed by coconut palms, lush valleys, impossibly white sand and crystal-clear aquamarine lagoons.
A favourite destination of honeymooning couples, it’s no wonder people fall in love with Bora Bora. It’s an idyllic location and a playground for adults where you can do as little or as much as you please. The siren’s call beckons travellers to explore the Pacific Ocean as your backyard whether that is by boat, diving, snorkelling or simply luxuriating in the warm waters. The interior contains hiking challenges, hidden historic and sacred sites and indulgent treatments, if you are up for it.
A fusion of French and Polynesian cultures influences the cuisine, traditions and handicrafts on the island. Bora Bora is famous for Tahitian black pearls, which are only found in the remote reefs of French Polynesia. Chose your own unique pearlescent orbs to be crafted into bespoke jewellery or simply admire their iridescent hues. It’s just one of the many facets about Bora Bora that will seduce you.
Getting to Bora Bora
As one of the Leeward group of Society Islands in French Polynesia, the only way to get to Bora Bora is by ocean or air. A cruise holiday through the South Pacific is the ideal method to travel to Bora Bora and usually affords a two-day stay, docking at Pofai Bay near Vaitape, the main settlement on the island.
Bora Bora Airport is also known as Motu Mute Airport due to its location on an islet north of the main island. Air Tahiti has several daily flights from Tahiti to Bora Bora and other services from nearby islands in French Polynesia. Once at the airport, you’ll need to take a boat transfer to Bora Bora and most hotels and resorts will also arrange transfers for their guests.
To get around the island, hire cars are available from the Vaitape pier as well as bicycles and scooters. Bora Bora has one form of public transport, Le Truck, the local bus, which has a limited route, or you can opt for a taxi. Other options for sightseeing around Bora Bora include helicopter rides and 4WD adventuring.