bora holidays and hotels scene

Bora Bora is recognised by many as one of the most beautiful spots on earth. Others, let down by over commercialisation, claim it is vastly over rated. The truth lies somewhere in between and depends entirely what you are looking for: If its a luxury resort with stunning views, a turquoise lagoon, snorkelling and lots of marine life then Bora Bora certainly is the perfect romantic holiday destination. If you are looking for an idyllic South Seas paradise, of fishing villages and simple lifestyles, a quiet retreat away from the fast pace of modern life, then Bora Bora may disappoint.

Don't Miss
Sleep in an overwater bungalow
Helicopter tour
Sharks at the Lagoonarium
Hiking to WWII Gun lookout
Take a lagoon cruise
Places to Stay

Bora Bora Holidays Overview

Bora Bora has the largest collection of over water bungalows in the South Pacific making this a popular honeymoon destination, particularly amongst Japanese. The lagoon offers fantastic snorkelling amongst reef sharks and manta rays, and scuba diving on the outer reef is world class. The boutique island resorts in Bora Bora are mostly on flat uninhabited coral islands or motu and offer stunning views looking back to the main island. These premium accommodations in Bora take between ten and thirty minutes by speed boat from the airport or to visit the main town of Vaitape. If you are looking to explore the main island, and searching for more affordable accommodation in Bora Bora, then it's best to stay on the main island around Matira Beach.

The Main Island

The main island of Bora Bora rises sharply from the turquoise lagoon with its recognisable flat top peak and craggy points covered in tropical forest. Visually, the setting is nothing but spectacular. Around the outer edge of the lagoon is a fringing reef with a string of low lying coral atolls (motu) protecting the north and west side of the island. The main island can be easily explored from the 32-km coastal road that circumnavigates the island.

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Matira Beach

Matira Point on the southern tip of Bora is the main centre of tourism and has the only public access white sand beach on the main island making it very popular. The west side of Matira Point has deep water and is an excellent base for watersports. Behind Hotel Matira you can climb the hill to the American Guns for a good view of the lagoon and hills. Around the point, on the eastern side of Bora, the beach is private and belongs to the elegant Intercontinental Hotel. The lagoon here is very shallow and a shimmering turquoise colour. The beach extends along the east coast of Matira Point for over one kilometre with a string of beach resorts straddled between the mountains and beachfront with the excellent value Maitai Polynesia being one of the more affordable.

Intercontinental Resort, Le Moana Euro € 755 - 1,357 get hotels best rate quote
picture of Intercontinental Resort, Bora Bora Island
Intercontinental Bora has two separate resorts. La Moana is located on a private beachfront adjacent to Matira Beach and has a gorgeous fine white sand with some of the most picturesque overwater bungalows in Tahiti. Thelasso offers greater privacy located on an outer motu island.
Le Maitai Polynesia Euro € 417 - 631 get hotels best rate quote
picture of Le Maitai Polynesia, Bora Bora Island
Le Maitai Polynesia offers excellent value for money on the main island of Bora Bora and makes a great base for enjoying the many excursions around the island and lagoon. The property is located on the southern end of Bora about ten minutes walk to Matira Beach.
Sofitel Bora Beach Resort Euro € 337 - 646 get hotels best rate quote
picture of Sofitel Bora Beach Resort, Bora Bora Island
Sofitel Bora Resort is located on a lovely beach on the southern side of the main island of Bora with beach bungalows plus there's a private offshore island with accommodation aimed at couples. There's lots of water activities on offer from jet boat rides to catamaran sailing.
Hotel Matira Beach Euro € 180 - 262 get hotels best rate quote
picture of Hotel Matira Beach, Bora Bora Island
Hotel Matira Beach sits in the heart of popular Matira Beach and a great spot for water activities and people watching. This small and friendly hotel has spacious wooden bungalows and offers excellent value for money and easy access to the islands restaurants and tours and day cruises.
Temanuata Beach Bungalows Euro € 148 - 195 get hotels best rate quote
picture of Temanuata Beach Bungalows, Bora Bora Island
Temanuata Beach Bungalows is one of the few budget style accommodations in Bora Bora with a handful of private thatch bungalows. This pleasant beach property is located a few minutes stroll to popular Matira Beach and offers great value for money.

The Lagoon & Offshore Motu Islands

The beauty of Bora Bora is the lagoon and the rugged outline of the main island viewed from the motu islands or from the air. The most spectacular views with the nicest palm fringed beaches are from the offshore islands and staying on one of these pristine islands is at a premium. There are plenty of day cruises taking in the stunning scenery around the lagoon which invariably include a lunch on one of the motu and a snorkel amongst thousands of colourful reef fish. If you don't see reef sharks, manta rays and moray eels you are unlucky. Dolphins can also be spotted around Te Ava Nui Pass on the west coast of the lagoon. There are also several exceptional dive sites on the outer reef making Bora Bora one of the best scuba diving destinations in the South Pacific.

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The largest of the offshore islands is Toopua which in fact marks the western side of the collapsed crater attached to the main island. Here are some of the best snorkelling reefs in Tahiti. On the northern tip of the island is the lovely setting of Bora Bora Lagoon Resort which has unparalleled views from its restaurant and overwater bungalows looking back to the mountains of Bora Bora. Off the southern tip of the island is Motu Toopua Iti which boasts one of the finest white sandy beaches in French Polynesia - you can stay at the luxury Bora Bora Nui Resort in overwater bungalows or splendid hillside villas with exceptional views looking out to the open ocean.

picture of Intercontinental Resort, Bora Bora Island
Intercontinental Bora has two separate resorts. La Moana is located on a private beachfront adjacent to Matira Beach and has a gorgeous fine white sand with some of the most picturesque overwater bungalows in Tahiti. Thelasso offers greater privacy located on an outer motu island.
Pearl Resort Bora Bora Euro € 717 - 910 get hotels best rate quote
picture of Pearl Resort, Bora Bora Lagoon
Bora Bora Pearl Beach Resort is located on a private island within Bora Lagoon with splendid views across to the main island of Bora and its impressive mountains. The beach is pleasant with white sand and palm trees and the Manea Spa adds a tropical flavour.
Bora Bora Nui Resort Euro € 693 - 1,253 get hotels best rate quote
picture of Bora Bora Nui Resort, Bora Bora Lagoon
The Bora Bora Nui Resort is set in a secluded motu island at the south western tip of Bora Lagoon. The island faces south into the open ocean and has one of the most picturesque broad fine white sandy beaches in Bora Bora and excellent snorkelling in its fish filled protected lagoon.
picture of sea birds fishing in bora lagoon

Bora Bora Travel Information

Regular daily flights from Tahiti (international airport) take about an hour with connections also from Moorea , Huahine, Raiatea and Maupiti, all in the Society Islands. there's also a fast passenger ferry from Papeete several times a week which taking 7-hours but with sightseeing of other islands along the way.

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