Bora Bora “The Romantic Island”
Bora Bora is unquestionably the most famous island in the South Pacific and is the island that inspired romantic movies such as “South Pacific” and most recently as seen on "Couples Retreat" filmed at St Regis Bora Bora. It’s ancient name “Pora Pora” meaning ‘first born” came from legends describing this as the first island to rise when Taaroa, the supreme god, fished it out of the waters after the mythical creation of Havaii now known as Raiatea.
Bora Bora Island is located approximately 150 miles leeward northwest of Tahiti and is home to about 8,000 inhabitants. Bora Bora was once the gateway of arrivals for flying boats from New Zealand and clipper boats from Australia, but French Polynesian travel changed when Tahiti opened the international airport in 1961. Vaitape is the main settlement on the western side of the island opposite the main channel into the lagoon.
This island is one of the most romantic places on earth, and honeymooners abound here to relax and take in the natural beauty that a Bora Bora has to offer, while staying at some of the most luxurious hotels and resorts in the world. Of all the Leeward Islands, Bora Bora has the highest concentration of resort properties, with a majority of them off shore on the motus and reefs. Smaller hotels and pensions are available for the economical traveler.
The center of this volcanic island is made up of 2 majestic peaks Mount Otemanu & Mount Pahia surrounded by the most amazing turquoise and ultramarine colored lagoon, encircled by an 18 mile crown of island motus and coral reefs. A bounty of marine life and spectacular coral formations provide equal beauty below the surface.
Bora Bora Hotels & Resorts
Bora Bora Island Activities
Bora Bora Island boasts warm waters, beautiful scenery and delightful weather all year. Because of this, it allows visitors to partake in wonderful water sports such as snorkeling, scuba diving, jet skiing, kayaking, outrigger canoe paddling, surfing & swimming. Here are some sample local activities and resources.
Great diving sites are located at Toopua Lagoon, Te Ava Nui Pass, Tupitipiti, Matira Point and Motu Piti Aau. Bora Dive Center, Nemo’s Dive Center and Top Dive are among the recommended dive operators. Most Resorts have a preferred dive operator. One of the better ones is Blue Nui Dive Center at Pearl Beach Resort Bora Bora
Available for rental in Vaitape and Matira. Some hotels may provide boat services for guests.
Ranch Reva Reva offers 4 daily rides and romantic moonlight rides. Ranch is located on Motu Piti Aau near Le Meridien Hotel.
Located near Le Meridien Resort, here you can observe and safely swim with Manta Rays , Sea Turtles, and other marine life. Arrange easily with hotel concierge, recommend morning Lagoonarium visit for best activity and visibility.
4 x 4 Excursions
Travel off-road to the interior of the island along old WWII military tracks. The trip offers great views to the neighboring islands of Raiatea, Taha’a and Maupiti.
A guide escorted hike to Mount Pahia is a fairly difficult trek and takes two hours each way. The tour leads you through orchards, a forest and then up to the summit of Pahia where a breathtaking view awaits you. Check with Pahia Heights Adventure who offer hikes for experienced walkers.
One of the most popular excursions on the island! Take a boat trip out into the lagoon with Shark Boy of Bora Bora. Here you can snorkel with the rays and watch the sharks being fed, nervous passengers can stay in the canoe! The all day excursion includes a picnic lunch served on a motu.
We recommend local expert hiking guide Asdeen. He offers private half day guided hikes and has the most valuable local ethno-cultural knowledge of the people, plant life and ancient sites which are few on Bora Bora.
Car Rental, Bicycle, and Scooter Rental
From bikes to cars you will find you can rent directly from your hotel reception or activities desk. Local rental kiosks for Avis and others are available in main villages of Vaitape, Faanui, & Anau.
Bora Bora Dining & Nightlife
French upscale restaurant located near Vaitape, very romantic ambiance, excellent food, very expensive. Lunch menu is not as expensive
Bora Kaina Hut
Very ambient open style Fare with sand floors. Serving a fusion of French and Island cuisine, they offer a great range of cocktails and good food. Try the breadfruit gnocchi. You won't find it anywhere else.
With sand floors and tiki lounge style design, the restaurant greets you at the door with an assortment of fresh local seafood, from which you choose your selection on the spot at the time of seating and is cooked to your preferences. We recommend making reservations in advance either with our agents or upon arrival at your resort.
A recent newcomer to the island, but arguably the best food on the island. The ambiance is beautiful and romantic. There are 5 tables on the main level and 2 tables upstairs that get reserved early. Chef Damien has brought the most amazing food to this island. Fly Tahiti clients receive VIP seating. www.villamahana.com