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Welcome to Bora Bora

Bora Bora’s reality looks like every traveler’s dream: white sandy shores surrounded by turquoise and cobalt waters, the island’s center populated by an extinct volcano shrouded in dense foliage. This quiet island is a favorite of honeymooners and luxury travelers, but is free of the party-seeking set; if you’re in search of nightlife, this is not your spot. Most visitors spend their days vacillating between lounging on the sand-ringed motu (outlying islands) and getting active with water-based pursuits such as snorkeling, diving, parasailing, jetskiing, and hiking. Vaitape is the island’s largest settlement, seated on the major channel into the central lagoon, and most tours, whether by land or sea, depart from there. Visitors can explore the interior of the island on a hiking tour or an excursion by 4x4 jeep through the rugged landscape, while snorkeling and scuba tours allow participants to get a glimpse of the vibrant underwater world, including resident tropical fish, sharks, and stingrays. History buffs will enjoy learning about French Polynesian culture and the history of the US in Bora Bora during World War II, and those hungry for aerial views can take a helicopter tour to see the extinct peaks of the Mount Pahia and Mount Otemanu volcano, as well as the surrounding islands of Taha'a, Raiatea, Tupai, and Maupiti.

Top 10 attractions in Bora Bora

Vaitape

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Vaitape is the biggest—and only—real town on the island of Bora Bora. It’s where most people start their vacation on the island and is home to all the essential services.More

Coral Gardens

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Encircled by a lagoon and barrier reef, the French Polynesian island of Bora Bora is known throughout the world for its marine life. A paradise for snorkelers, the Coral Gardens are a section of the reef with calm, shallow waters ideal for beginners. Look for resident creatures such as parrotfish, Japanese moray eels, and more.More

Matira Beach (Plage Matira)

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Located on the southern tip of Bora Bora, the public Matira Beach (Plage Matira) is one of the island’s most popular sandy spots. With clear water ideal for swimming, and a beach backed by swaying palm trees, it is an idyllic destination for sunbathing, snorkeling, and watersports.More

Lagoonarium

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Bora Bora’s Lagoonarium is a natural aquarium located on a small motu (or islet east of the main island. It’s well known as a great snorkeling destination.More

Mt. Otemanu

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Mt. Otemanu is a jagged, green-sided mountain in the center of the island of Bora Bora. The volcanic mountain is visible from across the island. Visitors can admire the mountain from a boat, or explore the base of the mountain on a rigorous guided hike.More
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Bloody Mary's Restaurant & Bar

Bloody Mary's Restaurant & Bar

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Overlooking the unspoiled landscape of Povai Bay, Bloody Mary’s is Bora Bora’s most famous restaurant. Open for lunch and dinner, it’s a must-visit spot for vacationers on the island.More
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Motu Tapu

Motu Tapu

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Motu Tapu is a private castaway island off the coast of Bora Bora. Accessible only to guests at the Conrad Bora Bora resort, it’s an unspoiled and beautiful spot.More
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Faanui

Faanui

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Faanui Bay on Bora Bora island draws visitors from all over the world, who come to enjoy its unspoiled beauty, beautiful beach and historic church.More
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Anau

Anau

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A small community on the east coast of Bora Bora, Anau is known as a dive and snorkel site. Come here to spot majestic manta rays and revel in the quiet pace of life.More
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Farepiti

Farepiti

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Farepiti Point—also known as Farepiti Quay and Farepiti Wharf—and is the main deep-water dock on the island of Bora Bora, and the docking point for ships to other islands in French Polynesia including Tahiti.More
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Recent reviews from experiences in Bora Bora

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Fabulous tour on a rainy afternoon
David_M, Nov 2022
Bora Bora: Half Day Island 4WD Guided Tour
Fabulous way to see all of Bora Bora from the viewpoint of a local guide.
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Bora Bora Land Tour
DeborahEllen_S, Nov 2022
Bora Bora: Half Day Island 4WD Guided Tour
We loved his singing and ukulele, and enjoyed stopping at his home to see how thatched rooves are made.
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Perfect Evening
Laurie_E, Oct 2022
Bora Bora Lagoon Cruise Private Sunset aboard a Polynesian catamaran
We not only got a chance to see a different side of Bora Bora but also had a beautiful Sunset!
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Must do while in Bora Bora
Eduardo_C, Jul 2022
Full Day Combo ATV & Jet Ski with a Polynesian BBQ on a Motu
Getting to see Bora Bora by land and by sea was amazing.
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Nice tour round the island but transfer is longer than expected
SooNee_H, Jan 2023
Bora Bora Jet Ski Tour
However, the transfer is a little long, jet skis are at main island, we had to pick up other guests at other resorts who may go in different activities.
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Fun in the Lagoon and the mountains
Terry_L, Dec 2022
Bora Bora Combo Tour: Lagoon Cruise and 4WD Tour Including Snorkeling
Our guides were very good at making sure we saw what makes Bora Bora a wonderful place to visit.
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The best tour in Bora Bora!
Jason_C, Nov 2022
Bora Bora: Luxury Private Half Day Snorkeling Tour
He went above and beyond to help us see some of the amazing sea life at Bora Bora including manta rays, spotted eagle rays, and we even managed to see a pod of dolphins.
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Snorkel tour!
djnock, Oct 2022
Bora Bora Snorkel Cruise by Polynesian Outrigger Canoe with BBQ Island Lunch
He took us to the coral reef garden which was spectacular, the on to see a manta Ray, a huge group of eagle rays, then on to see the black tipped sharks and stingrays, followed by a delicious poisson Cru lunch ant tour of a motu property.
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All about Bora Bora

When to visit

Bora Bora is a year-round destination, though it’s at its most popular—and pleasant—during the dry season, which runs from May until October. This is technically winter in the South Pacific, and while Bora Bora enjoys warm weather year-round, the temperatures are a little cooler then. If you want fewer crowds and potentially lower room rates, consider visiting at the end of the rainy season.

Getting around

Bora Bora is small and easy to get around. If you want to see it like a local, you can hop on the local bus, known as le truck or rent a motor scooter. Bicycles are also widely available, as are taxis. For the most comfort and flexibility, consider renting a self-drive car to get around the island.

Traveler tips

Sit down to a breakfast of fresh bread and viennoiserie (think croissants and pains au chocolat), at Vaitape’s lagoon-facing Saint James restaurant. Le Continental package will get you bread, butter, jam, pastries, juice and tea or coffee, or you can order treats such as French toast and eggs Benedict a la carte. If you’re in the mood for something to go, the on-site bakery sells all sorts of breakfast items along with French-style pastries and macarons.

People Also Ask

What is Bora Bora known for?

Bora Bora is known for white-sand beaches and a turquoise-hued lagoon as well as for picturesque overwater bungalows that make it possible to swim straight from your own private deck into the South Pacific. It’s also known for black pearls, available at shops all over the island and across French Polynesia.

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What should you not miss in Bora Bora?

Bora Bora is more of a slow-down-and-relax destination than a sightseeing hot spot, so there aren’t a lot of “must-see” attractions on the island. However, you’ll want to spend time taking advantage of Bora Bora’s beautiful lagoon, either swimming, snorkeling, stand-up paddleboarding, or relaxing on board a sightseeing cruise.

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Is Bora Bora expensive to visit?

Yes. Bora Bora is an expensive destination. Luxury hotels and high-end restaurants dominate, and getting to the island from North America or Europe can be time-consuming and costly. If you’re on a budget, opt for low-key guesthouses and eat at local food carts (roulottes) or rely on grocery stores for food.

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What activities are popular in Bora Bora?

Bora Bora’s most popular activities include heading out into the lagoon on a snorkeling cruise, jet-skiing, and communing with life under the sea—including sharks and stingrays—on a helmet dive or underwater scooter excursion. If you prefer staying on land, consider exploring the island’s interiors on a 4WD tour.

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Is Bora Bora dangerous to visit?

No. Like elsewhere in French Polynesia, Bora Bora is a very safe place to visit, with good infrastructure and a very low crime rate. There’s a small risk of contracting dengue during the rainier months of the year, which can be largely avoided by frequently applying mosquito repellent.

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Do celebrities go to Bora Bora?

Yes. Bora Bora has plenty of luxurious resorts, complete with high-end restaurants and overwater bungalows, making it a popular vacation spot for wealthy celebrities. The island has attracted the likes of Jimmy Kimmel, Justin Bieber, and the Kardashians, and both Nicole Kidman and Jennifer Anniston had their honeymoons here.

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Bora Bora information

Number of Attractions

10

Number of Tours

152

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