With such dazzling surrounds, the temptation can be to just find a spot of sand to relax and take it all in, but many activities await the Bora Bora visitor. Not surprisingly, ocean adventures top the list here; consider a whale and ray snorkel safari, a glass bottom boat trip or scuba diving to see the myriad marine life around the lagoon and outer reefs. The Bora Bora Lagoonarium also offers a closer look at the wide range of aquatic wildlife of French Polynesia where you can snorkel with turtles, sharks, rays and tropical fish in a controlled environment.
For the ultimate view over the volcanic caldera, take a hiking tour up Mount Otemanu. The 727 metre-high peak is a smouldering presence in Bora Bora and the all-day trek affords magical panoramic views over the island and the Pacific Ocean. The smaller peak, Mount Pahia, is a four-hour hike from the main settlement of Vaitape.
Also hidden in the lush landscape are a number of Polynesian relics and some cannons dating back to when the island was an US supply base in World War II. The best way to locate all seven WWII gun locations is by a jeep tour through the rugged interior where you can also learn more about the archaeological relics and sacred sites along the way.
Of course, when it all gets too much, retreat to one of the island’s well-appointed spas for pampering and therapeutic treatments, or indulge in some ‘me’ time in your resort’s plunge pool or beachfront deckchair.