Grab a flight to Bora Bora and slip into your swimmers, this island was made for relaxing.
Bora Bora is an island in French Polynesia, an archipelago in the Pacific Ocean. Mount Pahia and Mount Otemanu are the two remaining peaks of the extinct volcano that formed the island thousands of years ago. A lagoon, a barrier reef and several white sandy beaches surround the island itself, perfect for the barrage of island activities available!
Vaitape is as close as you can get to a capital city on a desert island like this, housing over half of Bora Bora’s 8,880 residents. About 20% of the population speaks French, with the others speaking a mix of Tahitian and English. Over the water bungalows are a standard feature of resorts in Bora Bora, with many hotels being based on individual motu (small islands).
There’s absolutely no public transport here, so it’s recommended that you hire a car, bike, or just rely on taxis and your own two feet for escapes on the island. Luckily, most of the attractions are under the water, reserved for snorkeling goggles and scuba diving masks. If you’re up to it, you can also hike up Mt Pahia for a truly unbeatable view of the island (you could also grab a helicopter if you’re feeling swish!).
Although it’s easy to laze on the beach all day, you could visit the Turtle Conservation here, or take a cultural tour of the island – it was a US military base in World War II, believe it or not. One of the best times to see the island is in July, as this is when they celebrate the Heiva festival – prepare for lots of hip shaking, bum wiggling, knee knocking dancing, as this is how the French Polynesians celebrate!
What you need to know
Bora Bora is served by one airport in the North of the island. However, it’s not that easy to get there – you’ll have to fly to London or Paris, then get a connecting flight from Los Angeles, to Tahiti, then another to Bora Bora. Luckily, you can use Skyscanner to find your flights.
They use the US Dollar on Bora Bora, and you’re better off sorting your currency before you arrive.
Best time to visit
December to April is wet season on Bora Bora, but really, there’s never a bad time to visit a tropical island, is there?
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