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
I’m looking for finding somewhere for my honeymoon, until here I found many islands but non of them was interesting and attractive like Bora Bora. I’ve read a bout Tahiti but have no information about BoraBora. Thank you so much for meeting me with BoraBora I hope go BoraBora and visit BoraBora’s beaches.
Oh you will fall in Love with Bora Bora. Please let me know if you need any additional information.
I’ve heard some friends who travelled to this place in Tahiti and they confirmed it’s such an amazing place to visit because they had a lot of fun and the sight was indeed beautiful to behold as they have seen in TVs. But they some of them complained about the harsh weather conditions but I believe that’s because they didn’t go there at the right time when conditions are favorable
Yes, you do have to make sure and plan as they are in the Hurricane Belt. But if you keep an eye on the weather (hurricanes are forecasted well in advance) then you will have a wonderful vacation here!
Just read your article on Moorea and then came across this post on Bora Bora. Both destinations look amazing. I can’t choose between the two! In your opinion, which vacation destination is better? Bora Bora or Moorea? I’m starting to lean towards the Le Bora Bora by Pearl Beach Resorts. Their vacation setting is something I would definitely like to try out.
Well Moorea will be cheaper. Both are wonderful, but I would choose Moorea simply because it would be more affordable for me allowing me to get out and do more.
I love traveling to different parts of the world and relaxing on the different beaches. Bora Bora is my dream travel destination, with the help of your review article can now share your experiences wit my family to get their opinion about traveling to Bora Bora. I appreciate the articles and looking forward to your next read. I am sharing on social media!
Great and thank you Jannette!
This has got to be the most in depth guide to staying on bora bora that I have come across yet. Also, I really appreciate the tips about nightlife and which spots stay open late and are worth checking out.
The hurricane bar sounds awesome especially since it is named after a classic movie filmed close by!
I would also love to check out rhe recif…and yes I am okay with not remembering how I got home the next morning!
Everything just sounds spectacular and I can imagine the scenery being even more gorgeous than the pictures.
Does the four season offer a honeymoon suite?
I like that the Conrad bora bora nui hotel offers non-motorized water sports for free! Do you hace a favorite hotel that you recommend?
What an amazing day in the sun we will have!
Thanks again for all the great info. You will make our trip something to remember.
The Four Seasons does not have a suite called the Honeymoon Suite. But the Otemanu Bungalow with Plunge Pool (Over Water) is probably what you would want. This luxurious over-water bungalow features a private plunge pool and 2 bathrooms. It also offers a spacious living area opening onto a patio with 2 chaise lounges and beautiful views of Mount Otemanu and the lagoon.
Great article on Bora Bora French Polynesia Beach. I like reading about what Bora Bora is like during the different times of the year and what your recommendations are for going. The restaurants, resorts and hotels look awesome. I like knowing what requires prior booking before traveling to Bora Bora. Your articles are amazing.
Thank you, Carol, I am glad you enjoyed reading my guide, the Best of Bora Bora 🙂
I think the bora bora is ideal destinations for romantic and wedding honey moon
I think this article is very informative about the weather and the hotels to rent
and the best times of the year to visit the bora bora and I wanted to ask if
the bora bora island is risky or has any disadvantages
Bora Bora is one of the safest travel destinations globally, with one of the lowest crime rates. Though the crime on this beautiful island is almost negligible, there are still chances of thefts, like bag snatching and pickpocketing. Which really can happen anywhere. It is also not crowded. I really don’t see any disadvantages to traveling here.
Bora Bora is one of the well-known islands of Polynesia famous for its year-round nice climate. Newlyweds and tourists from all over the world visit Bora Bora for its natural beauty.
You have covered Bora Bora in your post exclusively well in details, allowing would be visitors valuable information to make their travel plans easily. Very good and valuable post.
Thank you so much Vai, I am glad you enjoyed the best of Bora Bora!
Wow!, this was a nice read!!! Thank you for bringing to view the best of Bora Bora French Polynesia Beach. Indeed it is one of the best destinations one should never be simply told about. Thank you for pointing out what to expect and each time of the year and why you recommended November and April. Especially, if one is out with a loved one, they need some quiet moments and also enjoy their lives together, yet without over-spending themselves. Also important are the contacts you offer and directions on what requires prior booking and so on. This means one can book before setting off to Bora Bora. Finally, you have not left out the various scenery one should expect. You have explained what to find at each of the beaches overlooking Bora Bora. Moreover, you point out that it takes one to visit Bora Bora themselves to make sense of what you have said in this post. Thank you very much, once again, for this post.
You are very welcome. I really appreciate you taking the time to leave me comments. I am glad you enjoyed your visit to the best of Bora Bora!
This website has everything: weather, beaches, restaurants, resorts, nightlife etc. For anyone planning a trip to Bora Bora, myself included, this site is a perfect tool to find anything that you will ever need. If I were planning a trip to Bora Bora, how long do you recommend I go for? Can you see everything in just a week or would it take longer?
I heard about Bora Bora from the movies, I didn’t even know about France.
It sounds so exotic.
It reminds me of a wonderful island in Italy with crystal clear water.
And from the childhood years when we used to go to the famous lakes in Romania.
How do I know that it is so sought after by honeymooners or newlyweds!
Amazing diversity of hotels, restaurants, water activities, dream beaches etc.
I don’t know if I’ll ever get here, but at least now I know what it’s about.
The video is wonderful, I have to rate it for the dreamscapes!
Thank you so much on another great review, this time dealing with bora bora. I am currently looking for places to take my fiancee once we are married for a honeymoon. She loves the beach and the beaches of Bora Bora sound pretty amazing to be honest. I won’t lie, I would like to go in July or August, despite the fact that it would be crowded and that the hotel prices would be bad. I love that kind of weather and it’s also close to the kind of weather my fiancee deals with every day, so it won’t be anything new to her.
Wow, thank you very much for this valuable and detailed post about Bora Bora. I had heard about bora bora before. It is really a very beautiful place for a vacation. I especially love the beach there. And the same goes for night life. I like your website very much. It is a perfect website for me. Because I like to travel a lot. Keep posting like this.
Bora Bora is mind-blowing from the drone. It is a place to fall in love with anyone and definitely a dream place to be for the newlywed. Thank you for an all-inclusive review of the weather, hotels, restaurants, places to go around, water activities, and cost-effective time to find hotels.
It is heaven on earth to visit, at least it looks like that,
Moreover, the world after the pandemic is on a move to travel. The weddings postponed due to the pandemic is happening. Bora Bora is a must to visit as a newlywed couple to enjoy marital bliss.
I love the content of your blog. It adds excitement to visit Bora Bora.
Thank you and I am glad you have enjoyed your visit to Beach Travel Destinations. Yes, everything you said about Bora Bora is so true. Feels almost strange for me to visit without going as a couple with someone LOL.