Quick Guide to Bora Bora
An idyllic tropical island, Bora Bora has long been a magnet for the world's rich and famous, and with its Lagoonarium, rolling volcanic hills, white sandy beaches and turquoise seas, it's very easy to see why. Bora Bora's iconic overwater bungalows are definitely a large part of the island's charm, but it's the natural beauty of the place that keeps people coming back for more. Without a major city or town to visit, there's no reason to feel guilty for relaxing by the water's edge for hours on end, partaking in the island's famous hospitality. Surrounded by lush green plants, crystal-clear water, and white sand, a trip to Bora Bora is one you will never forget.
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Relaxation, Sunshine, Snorkelling
Bora Bora Airport
Did you know?
Half of the Bora Bora population is aged under 20!
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Saving Money in Bora Bora
On-site resort restaurants on the island can be expensive, so a stroll into downtown Vaitape to pick up snacks is a great way of saving on food during your stay. The journey to Bora Bora will be one of your biggest expenses. There are no direct UK flights to French Polynesia, and even though Air France run indirect services from airports including London Heathrow, Manchester and Belfast, these can be very pricey indeed. The easiest way to save money on your journey is to book your flights as early as possible; you might also save by booking a package deal with flights and accommodation included.
Where to Stay in Bora Bora
Most of the hotels in Bora Bora are around Vaitape or at the southern tip of the island, and they are almost all incredibly plush, luxurious resorts. While Bora Bora isn't the cheapest destination in the world, there are still deals to be had. The Sunset Hill Lodge in Vaitape is an excellent, cheap alternative to the pricier resorts, while still offering breathtaking views within walking distance of the Pacific Ocean. If, however, you still want that authentic beach resort feel, then the Hotel Maitai Polynesia is by some distance the cheapest resort, while maintaining amazing facilities and some of the most beautiful surrounding scenery on earth.
What to do in Bora Bora
Water babies will be in their element in Bora Bora - they can stay in bungalows that hover on stilts above the crystal clear water, snorkel and dive to their hearts' content, and top off their day at a waterfront restaurant. If you're less about swimming with the fishes, head to Matira Point, where you'll find the best public beach - it's all picture-perfect white sands, with the lagoon waters gently lapping at its shores. It also has a smattering of cafes and restaurants, and dive centres where you can hire snorkelling and diving equipment. It's also in prime position for watching the sun go down in the evening.
Rising out of the centre of Bora Bora are two extinct volcanoes. One of them, Mount Otemanu, stands 2,400 feet above sea level, and while it makes for a striking photo backdrop, it's also worth heading to the top. You can get there on your own feet, by 4x4, or even via helicopter! However you do it, the views from the top are worth the effort. Still not enough adrenaline for you? Head on a shark-swimming tour! Plunge into the depths of the water surrounding the island and wave 'hi' to the harmless sharks as they swim past, co-existing with tropical fish and dolphins. Though it might sound scary, it's a truly unforgettable experience.
When to go to Bora Bora
With weather that is warm-year round, there's really no bad time to visit Bora Bora. For the greatest chance of lovely weather, with the fewest tourists, head there in April or November. This is the shoulder season, when the weather is great and you won't be competing with tourists for space on the beach. Peak season runs from May to October - there's less chance of showers than from December to March, which is the low season (and when mosquitoes start to make their presence known!).