The Best of Bora Bora….so why go to Bora Bora? Bora Bora is a romantic reality. The island is an internationally acclaimed honeymoon destination. Newlyweds who decide on a Bora Bora honeymoon often feel as though they have escaped to a private oasis tailored entirely to their special moment of marital bliss—and anyone in the midst of planning a wedding can relate to just how enticing that sounds.
This South Seas splendor lies just northwest of Tahiti, less than an hour away by plane from Papeete. The inevitable love affair with this island begins right before you touch down. The view from the plane window is a moment you will not soon forget. Have your camera in hand as you begin your descent and prepare for the moment when iconic Mount Otemanu comes into view. From that point on, each experience will only continue to exceed even your highest expectations. Once seen, Bora Bora is never forgotten. From the day you arrive until the moment you part ways, you will be in awe of how the soaring mountain peaks, turquoise lagoon and luxuriant over water bungalows somehow look even more spectacular than the pictures. You can learn more about The Best French Polynesian Islands here, or the Most Beautiful Beaches in French Polynesia here, or on Pinterest.
Bora Bora Weather – Best Times to Visit Bora Bora
The best times to go to Bora Bora are November and April. These short shoulder seasons offer fine weather with temperatures in the mid-70s to mid-80s. High season runs from May to October when rain showers are isolated and the number of tourists swells. Low season stretches from December to March when the weather is wet and visitors become mosquito bait. But really anytime is a good time to visit Bora Bora, since the weather is warm year-round.
May – October
This six-month peak season sees heavy crowds (August is an especially popular month among European travelers). The climate during this season is at its most dry and temperatures range from the upper 60s to the mid-80s. The only downside is the hotel and resort prices. You’ll find accommodation rates at their peak.
Following peak season, November is a good time to catch Bora Bora with depleted crowds. Temperatures range from the low 70s to the mid-80s and you might find a discounted room rate. While Bora Bora accommodations are notoriously pricey no matter the season, the low and shoulder seasons are known to sport some deals.
December – March
In Bora Bora, you never know what you’re going to get between December and March. At times, rainy conditions (and mosquitoes) characterize these months, but at other times the sun will be bright and the sky clear. The erratic weather keeps peak season tourists away, making this time of year ideal for bargain hunters. And after all, the temperatures still hover in the comfortable mid-70s and mid-80s.
In April, the temperatures in Bora Bora fluctuate between the lower 70s and the upper 80s. Because it’s right before the high season, April serves as a great month to vacation in picture-perfect weather sans tourist crowds. For icing on the cake, you might find discounted rates on hotels or resorts.
Best Bora Bora Beaches
Matira Beach is the largest public access beach in Bora Bora making it extremely popular with visitors. The water is crystal-clear and the sand is soft and downy. Matira Beach is also peppered with resorts, shops and eateries, so it’s a convenient place to spend most of a day. The waters are incredibly blue and the shoreline is rarely ever crowded making it the perfect place for some rest and relaxation. The shallow waters here are not good for snorkeling.
Four Seasons Resort Beach
Located on a private motu about a 15-minute boat ride from the airport, the Four Seasons offers stunning views of Bora Bora’s famous Mount Otemanu from its lovely beach. The long, soft stretch of sand abuts calm water that’s ideal for swimming, plus there’s a small beach purely dedicated to water sports, like kayaking, paddle boarding and water biking. Book Your Hotel Stay: Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora
Conrad Bora Bora Nui Beach
Unlike most properties that have beaches facing Bora Bora’s mainland, the Conrad faces the lagoon, offering uninterrupted ocean vistas. Two long stretches of soft white sand are on either side of the main arrival walkway, and beaches are lined with cushioned loungers under umbrellas, plus a handful of shaded cabanas. Some bungalows provide direct beach access and a selection of free-to-use non-motorized water sports equipment, including kayaks, snorkeling gear and pedal boats. Book Your Hotel Stay: Conrad Bora Bora Nui
Le Bora Bora by Pearl Beach Resorts
Occupying its own private island, the Le Bora Bora by Pearl Beach Resorts features a long and wide stretch of beach with breathtaking vistas of a coral garden, over water bungalows and Mount Otemanu on Bora Bora’s mainland. Loungers, umbrellas and hammocks make taking in the vista hassle-free, though many visitors opt for one of the free kayaks or stand-up paddle boards for a full panoramic view of the beach and surrounding scene. Book Your Hotel Stay: Le Bora Bora by Pearl Beach Resorts
The St. Regis Bora Bora Resort Beach
Just south of the Four Seasons, The St. Regis Bora Bora Resort has three stretches of alluring soft sand. Facing Mount Otemanu, the beach is wide and calm, suitable for quiet relaxing on hammocks, or activity via Hobie Cats, paddle boards, kayaks and pedal boats. Book Your Hotel Stay: The St. Regis Bora Bora Resort
Best Bora Bora Restaurants
Seafood features heavily on the menus of Bora Bora restaurants, and travelers would be remiss if they didn’t try some of the local specialties, namely poisson cru, or raw tuna that has been marinated in lime juice and coconut milk. Mahi-mahi, grouper and bonito are other staples that are often found on Bora Bora menus. Visitors should also sample the locally grown pineapple, coconut and bananas.
Le Corail $30 & Over
Treat yourself at Le Corail, the fine dining experience at the resort. Sip your favorite drink on the open air terrace facing the lagoonarium and dine within a refined and air conditioned atmosphere. Perfect for an elegant romantic time with your loved one. Open for dinner only, delight exquisite French cuisine from an “a la carte” or tasting menu. Open for dinner : 6.30pm to 9.30pm (closed on Mondays and Fridays), reservations only. Telephone: 689 40 60 76 00 Web: Le Corail
Saint James Bora Bora $30 & Over
It’s a waterside restaurant with a spectacular view of sunset,you can enjoy our creations of cocktails and our menu with new flavors .The St James team will welcome you to make an unforgettable memories. Come, taste, enjoy! Telephone: 689 40 67 64 62 Menu Web: Saint James Bora Bora
Lagoon Restaurant by Jean-Georges (The St. Regis Bora Bora Resort) $30 & Over
Here will find an unparalleled French and Asian-infused menu hand crafted by the celebrated Jean-Georges Vongerichten. Lagoon offers the freshest fish and ingredients indigenous to the islands while presenting the most eloquent backdrop of the mythic Mount Otemanu and crystal clear waters. Embrace this ultimate culinary dinner opportunity along with a full-service bar. Telephone: 689 40 60 78 88 Web: Lagoon Restaurant by Jean-Georges
Bora Bora Beach Club and Restaurant $11 – 30
A friendly cuisine made from local products, within everyone’s reach, is offered to you. This one is very appreciated at the edge of the lagoon accompanied by its sea breeze. The restaurant is open for lunch and dinner, and offers dishes that will pleasantly surprise your taste buds. Telephone: 689 40 67 52 50 Web: Bora Bora Beach Club & Restaurant
Bora Bora Yacht Club $11 – 30
A friendly cuisine made from local products, within everyone’s reach, is offered to you. This restaurant is at the edge of the lagoon accompanied by its sea breeze and is open for lunch and dinner, offering dishes that will tempt your taste buds. Telephone: 689 89 45 00 00 Web: Bora Bora Yacht Club
Best Bora Bora Nightlife
Hotel Sofitel Marara Hurricane Bar
Named after the 1979 movie Hurricane (with Mia Farrow) that was filmed near here, it’s a popular nightcap destination for honeymooners. It’s one of few resort bars right on the edge of a lit-up infinity pool and the lagoon, which creates an amazing atmosphere. Hurricane Bar is not a huge production (don’t expect craft cocktails or fire breathers or fireworks): the relaxed vibe and romantic setting are what makes it worthwhile. Web: Hotel Sofitel Marara Hurrican Bar
Four Seasons Bora Bora
Not exactly a late-night bar, it’s more often the bar at which people start their night. During the day, the pool is the most social spot at the resort (some would say on all of Bora Bora), and we’re not talking just honeymooners. The resort is huge for incentive groups, guy groups, girlfriend getaways, and “buddymoons” (that’s where a couple brings their close friends on a honeymoon-like vacation; Jennifer Aniston and Justin Theroux being one famous example.) Patrons are usually young, have money, and want to chat with everyone. All this makes it the liveliest, booziest day-drinking spot on the island. Web: Four Seasons Bora Bora
The Lucky House
The Lucky House is the closest thing to a pub in the islands, and it will stay open late if enough people are enjoying themselves, or some event like the World Cup is taking place. On any given night, you’ll find mostly young Tahitian locals knocking back beers and cocktails and getting amped up with whatever game is on the TV screens. Expect a lively atmosphere and a ton of friendly, tattooed patrons. Web: The Lucky House
The Recif (The Reef) is literally the only nightclub in Bora Bora. It’s a magnet for young locals who like to rage, but there are also always a few honeymooners that want to fist pump, slam shots and get as close to black-out drunk as possible. A typical night at The Recif generally starts as casual karaoke around 8 pm, then at midnight, it turns into a wild disco with live DJs spinning EDM and house music. You may wake up the next morning wondering how you got back to your room. Web: The Recif
After you have an amazing dinner at Bloody Mary’s , stick around for a beer or two. Bloody Mary’s gets wild (for Bora Bora) after the dinner crowd. This popular 1960s institution hasn’t changed in decades, and the old-school Polynesian vibe is something people love to celebrate. It’s kitschy, feel-good fun here, and there’s always some old white dude jamming on a guitar to help set the scene. Web: Bloody Mary’s