When most people think of Bora Bora, they imagine mesmerising, shallow emerald waters, quaint, charming lodge huts, and astounding aquatic life, and this depiction is exactly right. The breathtaking Pacific island in tropical French Polynesia is the perfect embodiment of a luxury retreat that still feels largely unspoilt, enabling holidaymakers to become completely in-tune with nature.
All inclusive holidays in Bora Bora take care of your flight and accommodation, so you can explore the islands without a care in the world.
The dramatic Mount Otemanu is unmissable. Rising 727 metres in jagged, tree-covered formations the mountain is quite a contrast to the delicate white sands below. You can explore the mountain and surrounding jungle on foot with a guide, in a 4-wheel drive vehicle or even by helicopter.
Whether you dive in or take a boat tour, the coral gardens surrounding Bora Bora should not be missed. A hive of marine activity, you will see some of the 1,000 fish species that inhabit the area.
Mount Pahia is a second, smaller mountain that can be climbed. After a challenging 3-hour hike, the summit offers incredible views of the neighbouring larger Otemanu and the beaches below.
Island hopping is the ideal way to see the sights and marine wildlife on and around the surrounding islands. Options include cruises, kayaking and paddleboarding. Those who are taking holidays in Bora Bora between July and November may even spot some humpback whales.
The waters around the islands of French Polynesia are crystal clear, making them ideal for scuba diving. Get up close to the wonderfully colourful tropical fish and you may also spot turtles, rays and sharks. For an activity with a faster pace, jet skiing is an exciting way to explore the area. Zoom around the islands or motu and you may find a deserted beach to enjoy all to yourself.
Luxury holidays in Bora Bora are all about relaxing in paradise. Whether you swing gently in a hammock, relax on the beach or soak in your private Jacuzzi, Bora Bora offers a plethora of ways to truly unwind.
If you prefer, you can also get a great view of the tropical fish and coral from the comfort of a glass-bottomed boat. This is a great option for families travelling with young children, so nobody misses out on the unforgettable underwater experience.
Scuba diving and snorkelling are, as you might expect, some of the most popular leisure activities in Bora Bora, and it is possible to book a wide range of organised excursions. These will often be with experienced representatives, who will know where to find the best snorkelling/scuba diving locations and the most impressive coral reefs and aquatic life. The island is also a great place for para-sailing and 'aquatic safari', while people seeking an adrenaline rush may wish to take part in some jet-skiing or kite-surfing.
Activities for couples
For that extra romantic touch, couples can even book their very own private champagne tours or private helicopter journeys, the perfect highlight of any honeymoon or special anniversary. If you're a up for a little adventure, climb to the top of glorious Mount Otemanu, or just explore some of Bora Bora's other wonderful beaches or spend some time at the fabulous Lagoonarium, where you can swim with the sharks.
Where to eat in Bora Bora
If you're a fan of delicious French and Asian dishes, you may want to consider dining at the Lagoon Restaurant by Jean-Georges, which, like most Bora Bora restaurants, uses only the freshest ingredients and offers impeccable hospitality. For other delightful French dishes, try La Villa Mahana restaurant, enjoy other terrific French, sushi and seafood recipes at the Matira Beach Restaurant, or go to Bloody Mary's for a wonderful barbecue.
Popular hotels on the island
Some of the most popular, luxurious hotels for holidays in Bora Bora include the Hilton Bora Bora Nui Resort & Spa, the Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora, the InterContinental Thalasso-Spa Bora Bora, and The St Regis Bora Bora Resort. For more affordable accommodation, you could book a stay at Blue Heaven Island or the Sofitel Bora Bora Marara Beach Resort.
Best time to visit
Temperatures in Bora Bora change very little during the year, and typically range from around 24 to 30 degrees Celsius. For the best weather, visit the country between May and October, when there is significantly less rainfall and humidity levels are lower. However, bear in mind that the dry season is the busiest time of the year, and the island still has more than 200 hours of sunshine, on average, in the wettest months of December, January and February.