Bora Bora

  • Bora Bora

Good reasons to visit

  • The lagoon, one of the most beautiful in the world, is a splendor, with crystalline water fringed with idyllic “motu”.
  • Luxurious hotels, each one trying to surpass the others, in terms of elegance and comfort
  • It’s the ideal place to enjoy the unique overwater bungalow experience; private villas set on the beach or in tropical gardens are also a treat.
  • The perfect island for romance, but also for families and friends, who can enjoy a varied hotel infrastructure.
  • The opportunity to dive with rays, sharks and multicolored fishes.
  • Dynamic and interesting 4WD tours (enjoy panoramas, visit craftsmen, historic sites, etc.).
  • The “Heiva” in July (inquire about the dates) is a must!
  • A broad range of inland and nautical activities.

Do not miss

  • The lagoon !!
  • the famous beach of Matira,
  • a traditional Tahitian dance show performed by the talented dancers of the island,
  • the U.S. cannons and reminders of the Second World War,
  • the Marine museum,
  • a few ancient "marae" (archaeological sites),
  • the sea turtle protection centre located in the heart of Le Méridien hotel.

Did you know that?

  • Bora Bora used to be called Vavau in the past.
  • The real spelling of Bora Bora is actually “Pora Pora” (the P is pronounced B in Tahitian language).
  • Bora Bora was chosen as adoptive ground by the famous explorers Alain Gerbault and Paul Emile Victor.
  • The United States settled a military base on the island during the Second World War. Reminders of this period can still be observed (cannons for example).

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Bora Bora used to be called Vavau in the past. It is a genuine jewel poised on the blue canvas of the Pacific, emerging from the ocean 45 minutes by plane to the northwest of Tahiti. Glistening with shades of sapphire, emerald and turquoise, Bora Bora’s lagoon is considered one of the most beautiful in the world, making “The Pearl of the Pacific” the “destination par excellence” of Tahiti and her islands. This is also where the famous explorer Paul-Emile Victor lived until his death.

Luxury hotels scattered on the sandy islets or on the main island try hard to outdo each other in beauty and originality to offer you a most exclusive experience: exquisite bungalows perched on the lagoon, spacious Polynesian inspired “fare” (pronounced [farayz]) nestled on the beach or in flowery gardens, prestigious villas complete with a Jacuzzi or private pool… Some guesthouses welcome you among more modest accommodations, in a convivial ambiance.

To complement your stay, there’s nothing like a massage or beauty treatment performed in one of the spas found in the interior of several hotels. These special treatments allow you to spend a moment of pure pleasure in the most enjoyable settings. The various techniques used from Polynesian, European, or Oriental inspirations particularly honor monoï, together with local essential oils (vanilla, sandalwood, coconut, pineapple, etc…), that has been used by Polynesians for ages.

A large choice of land and aquatic activities allow you to visit the interior of the island, explore the dazzling multicolored lagoon or submerge yourself in the underwater world during a dive. Don’t miss attending a dance show during your stay and if you’re present in July, the “Heiva of Bora Bora” is one of the most authentic events. People from different districts gather each year for traditional dance, song and sport competitions.

The airport of Bora Bora is located on “motu” Mute about 15 minutes by boat from Vaitape, the main village. Transportation to the airport is provided either by private hotel shuttles (generally luxury hotels) or by Bora Bora Navettes, a subsidiary of Air Tahiti (for those who are expected on the village quay by the accommodation representative).

Things to do

Nautical activities :

  • Scuba diving,
  • snorkelling,
  • eco-tourism tours,
  • the Sea turtle protection centre (Le Méridien hotel),
  • parasailing,
  • deep sea sport fishing,
  • walking under the sea,
  • discovery of the underwater fauna and flora,
  • excursions in a glass bottom boat,
  • excursions in a submarine, a deep sea diving suit or in an underwater scooter,
  • lagoon tours,
  • lagoon cruises,
  • island tour by catamaran,
  • circle island tour in a motorized outrigger canoe including picnic on a “motu” (islet),
  • ray and shark feeding,
  • private lagoon excursions,
  • jet skiing,
  • kite surfing,
  • motor boat rental.

Inland activities:

  • Guided tours,
  • 4WD safari,
  • hiking,
  • bike, scooter, buggie and car rental.

Relaxation center(s) and Spa :

  • Deep Ocean Spa By Algotherm, InterContinental Bora Bora Resort & Thalasso Spa Hotel,
  • Hina Spa, Hilton Bora Bora Nui Resort & Spa Hotel,
  • Wellness Centre & Spa, Le Méridien Bora Bora,
  • Le Spa, Sofitel Bora Bora Marara Beach Resort hotel and Sofitel Bora Bora Private Island hotel,
  • Manea Spa, Bora Bora Pearl Beach Resort & Spa hotel,
  • Miri Miri Spa, The St. Regis Bora Bora Resort,
  • The Spa, Four seasons Resort Bora Bora hotel.

Other(s) :

  • Helicopter tour,
  • art galleries.


  • Surface area : 14.6 sq. miles
  • Circumference : 32 km (19 miles)
  • Highest peak : Mount Otemanu (727 m = 2,385 ft)
  • Districts : Vaitape (main village), Nunue, Matira Anau, Faanui.
  • Population : approx. 8,930 inhabitants
  • Airport : It is located on an islet called "Motu Mute."

Practical information

  • Tourism office(s) : in Vaitape.
  • Bank(s) : 3 agencies with 1 « Banque de Polynésie », 1 « Banque Socredo », 1 « Banque de Tahiti ». ATMs.
  • Post office(s) : in Vaitape.
  • Public phone(s) : in Vaitape and Fare Piti wharf.
  • Shop(s) : supermarkets and small shopping centres in Vaitape (clothes, bookshop, flower shop, hairdresser...). Local craft shop and art galleries.
  • Restaurant(s) : French, Local & International cuisine, Asian cuisine.
  • Medical services : 1 medical center, 1 dentist and 1 pharmacy in Vaitape. Several private doctors.

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