Fast Facts

  • Location: In French Polynesia at an approximate distance of 160 miles northwest of Tahiti
  • Attraction Type: Nature attraction
  • Significance: Magical marine life and safe lagoons for water activities
  • Best Time to Visit: Throughout the year
  • Visiting Hours: Daytime
  • How to Reach: Fly to Papeete in Tahiti and thereafter by chartered flights, helicopters or Boats
  • Nearest International Airport: Papeete in Tahiti

Bora Bora Island is perhaps the most mysterious of all Pacific Islands. From air, Bora Bora appears like an emerald set in a background of turquoise encircled by reefs resembling the pearls of a necklace. The one word that describes Bora Bora is ‘breathtaking’. The sight of castle-like twin-peaked Mount Otemanu rising from the crystal blue waters forming the backdrop of verdant green tropical vegetation is hypnotic. Bora Bora in the Pacific is a combination of white sandy beaches, soothing green plant cover, and clear lagoon waters that provide safe water activities.

Bora Bora in French Polynesia in the Pacific Ocean stretches across 16.9 square miles. Its water expanse being nearly three times its land area, Bora Bora is a splendid destination for water sports lovers. Its underwater Coral Garden with myriad tropical fish varieties and colorful corals is extraordinary. The ancient ‘maraes’ or mysterious rock walls are significant archaeological remains waiting to be discovered.


Bora Bora being a tropical island is accessible all through the year. Its bewildering lagoon is ideal for scuba diving, snorkeling, swimming, and glass bottom tours. Outside the lagoon, surfing, jet skiing, windsurfing, and deep-sea diving are popular water activities. Engage yourself in feeding the friendly gray rays who love to be petted. The ‘White Valley’ area is renowned for its concentration of barracudas and gray sharks. You might watch the feeding of the sharks and gray rays from the safe waters of the lagoon.

Day-long boat excursions or short jet boat trips would also enthrall you. If you love fishing, go out into the deeper seas for a prize catch.

Accommodation and Dining

The exotic location of Bora Bora houses some of the best resorts in the world. Four Seasons Resort and Spa, Sofitel Motu, Intercontinental Thalasso-Spa Resort, Le Meridien, Bora Bora Lagoon Resort, Pearl Beach Resort, and St. Riggs Resort & Spa are among the world’s best accommodations.

With tourists from all over the globe thronging at Bora Bora, the restaurants of this island serve the best recipes to gratify their customers. Villa Mahana, Top Dive, Fare Manuia, Bamboo House, Restaurant Patti, Snack Matira, and L’Appetisserie are some of the notable eateries in Bora Bora.

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