Bora Bora is a beautiful volcanic island located in the Pacific Ocean. Part of French Polynesia, the island is surrounded by a lagoon with two extinct volcanoes mightily standing at the center. These volcanoes are named Mount Pahia and Mount Otemanu. In the Tahitian language, the original name of the island may be better interpreted as Pora Pora which means “First Born”. Being part of the Polynesian islands, it is popular for its wide selection of posh, aqua-centric resorts.
How To Get To Bora Bora Island
You can conveniently go to the island by plane. Air Tahiti operates several flights daily but these are often fully-booked so it is recommended that you make a reservation in advance. The table below shows the flight connections of Air Tahiti.
The airport is located on an islet north of the mainland so getting to your resort involves taking a short boat ride. Most of the luxury resorts operate boat services that can fetch you directly from the airport. On the other hand, to get to the mainland in Vaitape, you can ride the free boat shuttle of Air Tahiti called “Bora Bora Navette”.
Where to Stay in Bora Bora
If you’re traveling in groups, then family pensions are highly-recommended. Below are two of the well-known family pensions in Bora Bora:
This vacation house is located in the serene residential village up north and offers a magnificent view of the lagoon. It also has a private beach for its guests just a hundred feet from the tropical garden. Also known as “Condominium”, the accommodation here is priced at $1,899 USD per week.
Sunset Hill Lodge
One of the cheapest places to stay in Bora Bora but still allows guests to commune with nature is the Sunset Hil Lodge. Settling in a little zen garden, the lodge also features a small waterfall. Accommodation here ranges from 50€ to 70€ per night.
If you’re craving to be pampered in a luxury resort, then the following places ranging from $100 USD to $1,000 USD per night are recommended for you:
Sofitel Bora Bora Beach Resort
Sofitel offers over-water bungalows to its guests that has a marvelous swimming pool overlooking the sea. Nearby is the Sofitel Motu that has amazing views of the whole island, not to mention a good snorkeling spot for water-enthusiasts.
Le Meridien Bora Bora
A five-star resort well-known as a destination for Japanese weddings, Le Meridien offers a wide selection of beaches and a nice turtle sanctuary. It also has over-water bungalows and is located far from the mainland providing privacy for its guests.
Intercontinental Le Moana Bora Bora
Located at the tip of Matira on the mainland, it does not offer spectacular views of the island, but still promises guests a comfortable and pampered stay.
Other accommodations in the island are St. Regis, Maitai in Matira, and the Four seasons. Among the most popular tourist attractions in Bora Bora are the Marae Temples, Lagoonarium, and the Matira Beach.