The prized jewel in Tahiti’s glittering necklace of islands, Bora Bora has been seducing travelers for centuries and creating romantic memories for honeymooners (and lots of other couples, too) since the first overwater bungalow resort was built some 50 years ago. You’ll fall in love with Bora Bora the moment your Air Tahiti plane banks for its landing and you catch sight of Mount Otemanu, the island’s mesmerizing volcanic peak, surrounded by a lagoon shimmering with so many shades of blue they’re impossible to count. Bora Bora travel is, at its best, breathtaking and at its worst, well it’s just plain breathtaking, too.
A Bora Bora honeymoon is considered the ultimate post-wedding escape – holding a destination wedding here is becoming popular as well – so while families are welcome, the island’s focus in on 24/7 romance and grown-up fun. Bora Bora resorts are known for pulling out all the stops: seductive beds and baths strewn with tropical flowers, couples massages with tiare-blossom-scented oil, private moonlit dinners on the beach, and castaway motu picnics where you’re left blissfully alone to sun and swim. But Bora Bora’s sexy overwater bungalows also mean this is a destination where your only distractions can be neon-hued fish swimming below the glass porthole in the floor and a room-service tray being delivered to your private deck.
When you venture into the lagoon, always do so wearing a mask and snorkel because the water’s incredible clarity and schools of tropical fish are addictively hypnotic. More adventurous couples can try their hand at shark and stingray feeding or Jet Skiing, while souvenir hunters can shop for vibrant pareus and beautiful Tahitian black pearls in the boutiques of Bora Bora’s main town, Vaitape. Dining, too, is a treat, from the local favorite poisson cru (raw tuna marinated in coconut milk and lime) to gourmet menus at resort restaurants helmed by name chefs.
When darkness descends, Tahitian fire dancers toss flaming torches with passionate precision and couples slowly parade back to romantically lit bungalows. And after a few nights like this, Bora Bora becomes your own exclusive little world and you have a new definition of the word civilized.
Popular Sightseeing and Tours
Ask and our experts at Islands in the Sun can help you with a range of Tahiti excursions and sightseeing needs.
Glass Bottom Boat Tour
A great way to enjoy the beauty of Bora Bora’s underwater world without getting wet. Float gently over dazzling, multicolored coral and marine life, and learn about history and facts of the famous lagoon. Tour operates Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.
Private Champagne Sunset Cruise
This romantic 2 hours sunset escapade aboard a 25’ Cap Camarat will give you and your loved one everlasting memories. Simply relax and sip some champagne as the sun is setting over Bora Bora’s stunning lagoon. Tour includes hotel pick-up and drop-off, as well as fresh local fruit, soft drinks, beer and champagne.
Bora Bora Exclusive Lagoon Tour
During this small group tour with maximum 6 couples, you will have 6 hours to explore Bora Bora’s famous lagoon. Snorkel in the coral gardens, swim in pristine waters, encounter sharks, stingrays, colorful fishes and then simply relax and enjoy a delicious local style barbeque on a small motu. Hotel pick-up and drop-off, snorkeling gear, lunch and beverages are included.
Shark & Ray Snorkel Safari
You’ll be provided with snorkeling gear and taken to the outer reef. Watch from the water, or the boat if you prefer, as the Tahitian divers “call” blacktip lagoon sharks for an up-close viewing. Then, visit a sandy-bottomed location where your guide will coax friendly stingrays to play among you for a chance to touch and play with these graceful, harmless creatures. Tour operates daily, except Sunday.
Private Shark & Ray Watching by Glass Bottom Boat
A wonderful and romantic way to get acquainted with Bora Bora’s sea life. View blacktip sharks, sting rays and the colorful tropical fish through a large glass window in the bottom of the boat. You will also have the oppor tunity to swim in the crystal clear lagoon. Tour operates daily.
Aqua Safari – Helmet Dive
No diving experience is required, and you don’t even need to know how to swim to discover Bora Bora’s spectacular underwater world. Don a wetsuit and a yellow ‘Aqua helmet’ and walk in just a few feet below the surface, surrounded by a myriad of multi colored, tropical fish. Tour operates daily, except Sunday.
Bora Bora 4WD Safari
You’ll tour places only accessible via 4WD. Enjoy great views of Bora Bora’s natural harbor and Matira Beach from Pahonu Hill, then ascend further and visit the seven-inch cannons still in their original World War II locations. The highlight of the trip is the view of Faanui Bay from a traditional plantation high up in the mountains. You’ll learn both the history and the island way of life on this tour. Tour operates daily, except Sunday.
Explore the beautiful lagoon surrounding Bora Bora at leisure on your jet ski. Available at many resorts – ask for details.