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Bora BoraFrench Polynesia

Known as a playground for the rich and famous, this beautiful island in French Polynesia offers white sandy beaches, lush tropical valleys and crystal-clear water.

Bora Bora’s stunning beaches, lush greenery and soaring volcanic peaks make it a perfect vacation destination. Relax on the beautiful beaches, snorkel the tropical reefs or enjoy a cocktail at one of the many luxury hotels and resorts on the island.

The enormous range of hotels and resorts on Bora Bora make it possible to do nothing but sunbathe and swim, but if you are looking for action, the water is the place to be. Bora Bora has both a lagoon and a barrier reef, so many water activities are easily arranged. Scuba diving is an excellent way to view the marine life on the reef, and there are many diving schools that rent equipment.

Hire a boat and take advantage of the year-round game-fishing opportunities, fishing for Pacific blue marlin and mahi-mahi. Parasail over the lagoon or take a catamaran cruise across the clear, turquoise waters. See if you can spot one of the sea turtles, or, if you’re feeling more adventurous, book in for one of the shark-feeding experiences.

Hire a bicycle or scooter and head to Matira Beach, which has a mile and a quarter (two kilometers) of white sand. The coral heads attract tropical fish, which makes it a great place to snorkel.

Back on dry land, take a guided hike up Mount Pahia and Mount Otemanu, the two remaining peaks of an extinct volcano. You could also take a four-wheel-drive excursion along the overgrown forest roads of the island’s interior.

Bora Bora is also known as a popular destination for celebrities. Visit Bloody Mary’s Restaurant and Bar, a popular local hangout, and check out the bar’s wall of fame. This has the names of the many celebrities who have dined there, including Jimmy Buffet, Pierce Brosnan and Goldie Hawn. Sit back and sip a cocktail while you enjoy the atmosphere on one of the most lovely islands in the world.

Where to stay in Bora Bora

Vaitape featuring a sunset and a bay or harbour

Vaitape

While Vaitape isn't home to many top sights, Mt. Otemanu and Vaitape Harbor are some notable places to visit nearby.

Vaitape

Top Hotels in Bora Bora

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora
Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora
5 out of 5
Motu Tehotu, Bora Bora, Bora Bora
The price is CA $2,325 per night

Nestled on the beach, this Bora Bora resort is within 6 mi (10 km) of Raiatea Marina, Matira Beach and Le Meridien Beach. Motu Piti and Coral Gardens are also ...

4.8/5Exceptional! (346 reviews)

"Wonderful property and views. Only issue was ensuring we could get back home and the resort weening off the services."…"

Reviewed on Mar. 22, 2020

Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora
The St. Regis Bora Bora Resort
The St. Regis Bora Bora Resort
5 out of 5
Motu Ome'e BP 506, Bora Bora
The price is CA $1,527 per night

This Bora Bora resort is on the beach, 0.9 mi (1.4 km) from Mt. Otemanu, and within 6 mi (10 km) of Le Meridien Beach and Coral Gardens. Matira Beach is 5.9 ...

4.8/5Exceptional! (127 reviews)

"This is heaven. Clean facilities, great amenities and more than helpful staff to help inanything you want."…"

Reviewed on Feb. 12, 2020

The St. Regis Bora Bora Resort
Conrad Bora Bora Nui
Conrad Bora Bora Nui
5 out of 5
BP 502 Vaitape, Bora Bora
The price is CA $818 per night

Nestled on the beach, this Bora Bora resort is within 2 mi (3 km) of Matira Beach, Motu Piti and Matira Point. Mt. Otemanu and Coral Gardens are also within ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (209 reviews)

"The villa’s were amazing. Very modern and newly designed. The food at the restaurant wasn’t the best. Need to update menus with more options and better tasting food."…"

Reviewed on Mar. 10, 2020

Conrad Bora Bora Nui

Popular places to visit in Bora Bora

Matira Beach
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Matira Beach

Find out why this is one of Bora Bora’s most popular public beaches when you explore its exquisite white sands, gorgeous lagoon waters and waterfront precinct.

Bora Bora Lagoonarium
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Bora Bora Lagoonarium

Discover the amazing array of marine creatures that live below the surface of Bora Bora’s beautiful lagoon at this natural aquarium on a small islet.

Matira Point
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Matira Point

Overlooked by luxurious resorts and atmospheric bars, Bora Bora’s southernmost tip is a narrow stretch of lush forest skirted by white sands and cerulean waters.

Mt. Otemanu
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Mt. Otemanu

There are plenty of ways to experience Bora Bora’s mesmerizing peak, including sightseeing boat tours, helicopter rides, catamaran trips and hiking adventures.

Le Meridien Beach
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Le Meridien Beach

Spend days lazing by the lagoon framed by magnificent Mount Otemanu and explore the waters with your snorkel and mask and visit a turtle sanctuary.

Motu Piti
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Motu Piti

Indulge in the utmost in luxury on this private island where the crystal-clear waters, white-sand beaches and impeccable facilities are unforgettable. 

Top things to do in Bora Bora

Bora Bora Lagoon Snorkeling Tour with Shark & Stingray
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Bora Bora Lagoon Snorkeling Tour with Shark & Stingray

CA $117
Per adult
94% of travellers recommend
Polynesian Island Full-Day Tour
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Polynesian Island Full-Day Tour

CA $183
Per adult
98% of travellers recommend
Bora Bora 4x4 Adventure
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Bora Bora 4x4 Adventure

CA $110
Per adult
94% of travellers recommend
Signature Lagoon Tour
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Signature Lagoon Tour

CA $178
Per adult
100% of travellers recommend
Bora Bora 4WD Tour, Lunch at Bloody Mary's and Jet Ski Tour
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Bora Bora 4WD Tour, Lunch at Bloody Mary's and Jet Ski Tour

CA $299
Per adult
100% of travellers recommend
Private Bora Bora Snorkeling Cruise with Optional Vegetarian Lunch on the Beach
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Private Bora Bora Snorkeling Cruise with Optional Vegetarian Lunch on the Beach

CA $1,073
Per adult

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Best Beaches for a Winter Retreat

Best Beaches for a Winter Retreat

Cities near Bora Bora

Vaitape featuring a sunset and a bay or harbour

Vaitape

Matira Point showing tropical scenes, general coastal views and mountains

Point Matira

Sofitel Resort Beach which includes tropical scenes, general coastal views and a sandy beach

Nunue

Le Meridien Beach featuring general coastal views, tropical scenes and a beach

Motu Tape