Taking its name from the ancient phrase Pora Pora, meaning ‘firstborn’, Bora Bora is said to be the first of the French Polynesian islands to be discovered. Imagine pristine white sand beaches, vibrant marine life and intricate coral reefs – it’s true that Bora Bora is an island that can only be described as paradise on earth.
While relaxing in the sun is certainly recommended on your island getaway, we recommend getting involved in a bit of everything this haven has to offer for a real ‘islander’ experience.
Things to do on Bora Bora holiday
World famous for its glinting turquoise lagoon, it’s unsurprising that the majority of activities in Bora Bora revolve around the water. Snorkelling and diving are among the favourite pastimes with people travelling across the world to see the beautiful lagoon and abundance of marine life, including gigantic mantra rays and reef sharks. There’s also the opportunity to get involved in feeding docile sharks and mantra rays.
If you want to keep dry, opt for a glass-bottom boat ride to view the tropical fish and colourful coral with an informative guide sharing stories and legends about one of the world’s most famous lagoons. For a touch of romance, a sunset cruise on a catamaran with fruit and cocktails makes for an unforgettable experience on this island paradise.
If you can abstain from the ocean for a day or two, you’ll soon discover that despite being small, Bora Bora offers big adventure. Climb the forest-clad roads in a 4X4 stopping at view points for panoramic sights of the lagoon and beyond. Guided hikes to Mount Pahia and Mount Otemanu offers a unique insight into the nature and wildlife on Bora Bora. Stop along the way to cool down with some fresh coconut beside a waterfall. For shopping, head to the main village where a handful of boutiques sell Polynesian works of art, handicrafts and the famous Polynesian Black Pearls.
The best restaurants in Bora Bora
On the island’s south-western coast, Bloody Mary’s is a popular choice as a dining experience, rather than just a restaurant; sit on coconut stools on the sand floor surrounded by exotic plants and a thatched roof overhead, relax and enjoy the view.
One of the top end restaurants on Bora Bora, Villa Mahana is housed in a stylish villa and fuses Mediterranean with Polynesian cuisine to create a mouth-watering set menu, perfectly matched with French wines. It’s a great choice for a special occasion.
Bora Bora Kaina Hut
Soft candle lighting, wooden furniture, and sand floor; this little island ideal is the perfect scene for a low key romance. The gnocchi or mahi mahi with passionfruit sauce cooked on volcanic stones are the signature dishes of the restaurant.