Bora Bora

The French Polynesia island of Bora Bora nestles at the heart of the South Pacific. Also known as the 'Pearl of the Pacific', Bora Bora is surrounded by turquoise lagoons, idyllic motus (islets) and barrier reefs teeming with tropical fish. The towering peaks of Mount Pahia and Mount Otemanu that sit at the island's centre add to the picturesque vistas.

Luxury resorts have made their home the motus, each dotted with idyllic bungalows floating over clear azure waters. Once you arrive you won't want to leave, with your every wish is catered to in glorious style. Indulge in 24/7 room service, mouth-watering cuisine, pampering spas, pristine sandy beaches, and adventures on land and sea.

Spend an afternoon at the main village of Vaitape with its authentic Polynesian restaurants, handicrafts market and niche local boutiques. Head to Farepiti Wharf and take a boat trip around the nearby islands, or dine on freshly caught seafood at the adjoining Bora Bora Yacht Club. The Coral Gardens open up a world of tropical fish and marine life, best viewed on-board a glass-bottom boat or on a scuba diving trip.


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Bora Bora facts at a glance
Flight time:
27 hours
Time difference:
11 hours
Currency:
CFP franc
Flying from
Birmingham, Gatwick, Glasgow, Heathrow, Manchester, Newcastle

Best time to go

Bora Bora is a year-round destination which enjoys a tropical climate. November and April are the two favourite months for visitors with warm temperatures and little chance of rain. High season runs from May to October with occasional showery spells. The wet season with its rainy spells and humidity hits the island between December and March. Trade winds occur year-round and cool things down towards the end of the day.

Things to do

Bora Bora is overflowing with things to see and do. Admire colourful coral and beautiful tropical fish without getting wet on a glass bottom boat tour, or feed sharks and stingrays on a snorkelling safari. Try your hand at water sports including windsurfing, jet-skiing, paddle boarding and water-skiing. Experience the local terrain and amazing island views on a 4x4 jeep safari or take a hike up Mount Pahia. Visit the Lagoonarium to see local sea creature in their natural habitat. Explore the island's heritage at Faanui Bay with its disused US naval base and famous pink church. Spend a day at the island's only public beach, Matira Beach.

Food and drink

South Pacific flavours fuse with French, Japanese and Italian influences in Bora Bora's cuisine. The island also prides itself on its exquisite seafood and fish. Savour the local Poisson Cru, fresh tuna lightly cooked in an aromatic blend of lime juice and coconut milk. Tahitian fruit pudding and banana and papaya purees are popular choices for dessert. Bloody Mary's Restaurant is Bora Bora's most famous eatery and specialises in freshly caught fish and seafood.

In the evening

Evenings on Bora Bora are all about romantic candle-lit dinners for two and sipping cocktails by the beach. Many resorts put on weekly local shows with traditional Polynesian dancing and music. The island's only nightclub, Le Recife Discotheque, is on the outskirts of Vaitape and opens on Friday and Saturday nights.

Health and entry requirements

It is your responsibility to ensure you have the correct travel insurance and vaccinations and / or special medication for your destination. Please consult your GP for advice at least one month ahead of travel. It is essential that you meet the visa and passport requirements for your chosen destination. Visit the Foreign & Commonwealth Office (http://www.fco.gov.uk) website for up to date entry requirements listed by country.


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