Bora Bora is the stuff honeymoon dreams are made of. It’s one of the most picturesque places in the world, and the most romantic. Sapphire waters meet basaltic hills and lush rainforests, and hotels range from the epitome of luxury to affordable, cozy bungalows. Spend your days lounging in the sun and taking in the out-of-this-world setting, or venture out on a lagoon tour or diving trip. One thing Bora Bora does not have is crazy nightlife, so if you’re looking for a quiet, romantic escape, it’s the perfect destination for you.
When should you visit?
The best times to go to Bora Bora are April and November. There won’t be a lot of other tourists there and the weather will be perfect, ranging from the 70s to 80s in temperature. Try to avoid going from May to November, the high season, because the island is packed with tourists during this time. You might also want to avoid going during the low season, December to March, because the rains are heavy and it’s very humid, the perfect concoction to attract mosquitos. However, things cost a little less during this time and the weather’s still warm, so it’s an option if you don’t mind putting up with slightly less than ideal conditions. As is the case with most tropical places, even the “bad” times to visit aren’t that bad, and Bora Bora is no exception.
Air France, Air New Zealand, Hawaiian Airlines, and Air Tahiti Nui are the best airlines for flying to Bora Bora from the United States. They’ll fly you into Faa’a International Airport, the only international airport in French Polynesia. It’s located in Papeete, on the main island of Tahiti. From there, Air Tahiti will take you on your thrilling 50-minute flight to Bora Bora Airport. Because the flight will have spectacular views of the Society Islands, try to get on the plane early to get a good seat and, when boarding from the rear, make sure you sit on the left side. When descending for landing, you’ll be able to see Bora Bora in all its splendor, surrounded by a turquoise lagoon and barrier reef.
Which islands should you go to?
Bora Bora is the main attraction in the Leeward group of the Society Islands. The original name of the island, Pora Pora, translates to “First Born.” There are no cities here, but you can explore the historic settlement of Vaitape.
If you crave isolation but still want to be a part of civilization, stay at the Intercontinental Le Moana Bora Bora, which is only accessible by boat from the Bora Bora Airport. This hotel features the traditional designs of the island, meaning thatched-roof beachside bungalows that have outdoor showers and soaking tubs. Amazing! If you want to really feel like you’re living the life, get an overwater bungalow, which puts you right on the water. These include underwater observation windows, swimming decks and envious ocean access.
There are plenty of things to do here, particularly if you like water adventures. You can go on an aqua safari (with helmet), aqua bike adventure, glass bottom boat tour, kitesurfing or on a private honeymoon photo tour. And, on land, you can do a jeep safari, which includes fruit tasting. After a day of adventure, feast at La Villa Mahana. Helmed by Chef Damien Rinaldi-Dovio, the renowned restaurant only has six tables, so you have to make your reservation months in advance, but the meal will be worth it.
If you find you’ve done all you can on Bora Bora, there are some other nearby islands worth checking out. Moorea is becoming as popular a honeymoon destination as Bora Bora. It’s only a short catamaran ride from Tahiti and is neck and neck with Bora Bora as far as natural splendor goes. The best place to stay is the Intercontinental Moorea, which offers swimming experiences with dolphins. If you want something a little more off the beaten path, Hiva Oa should be in your sights. It has a little more raw beauty than the more commercial islands and is fairly untouched by modern tourism. The Hanakee Hiva Oa Pearl Lodge is a great hotel option here, offering the soothing sounds of the sea and spectacular views.
Bora Bora oozes romance and natural beauty, so make sure you take plenty of time to sit back and relax, taking in the scenery and the happiness of being newlyweds.