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Bora Bora: Jewel of the South Seas.

Undoubtedly the most celebrated island in the South Pacific, Bora Bora is French Polynesia's leading lady.

Her beauty is unrivaled and her fame, unwavering. Bora Bora is one of the few places on earth that everyone hopes to witness in their lifetime—and once you see it, you are forever enamored.

The Allure

More than just a romantic ideal, Bora Bora is a romantic reality. It comes as no surprise that the island is an internationally acclaimed honeymoon destination.

Our newlyweds who decide on a Bora Bora honeymoon often feel as though they have escaped to a private oasis tailored entirely to their special moment of marital bliss—and anyone in the midst of planning a wedding can relate to just how enticing that sounds.

The Locale

Bora Bora may feel worlds away, but this South Seas splendor is well within reach. Where is Bora Bora, exactly? The island lies just northwest of Tahiti, less than an hour away by plane from Papeete.

The airport is located on a small, separate part of the island known as Motu Mete.

Upon arrival, you will be greeted with a warm smile and fragrant flower lei and transferred by boat to your Bora Bora resort, meaning you hardly have to wait for your first encounter with the island's famously translucent lagoon.

The inevitable love affair with this island begins right before you touch down. The view from the plane window is a moment you will not soon forget.

Have your camera in hand as you begin your descent and prepare for the moment when iconic Mount Otemanu comes into view.

From that point on, each experience will only continue to exceed even your highest expectations.

Accommodation

Bora Bora has become synonymous with overwater bungalows. Many of these lavish floating villas have glass floors that supply a window to the lagoon life below.

This locale is unique in the fact that most Bora Bora resort hotels are built on their own tiny island, or motu, and visits elsewhere must be arranged by boat transfer.

Not to worry, though, you will hardly need to leave your bungalow let alone the resort. From lounging on your own private deck and receiving room service via outrigger canoe, to indulging in a rejuvenating spa treatment, you will pass the time in quiet seclusion and opulent luxury.

Recreation

The wonderful thing about Bora Bora is that you can be as active or inactive as you wish to be.

Should you decide to venture away from the resort, you can visit the main village of Vaitape and shop at the local boutiques or dine at one of Bora Bora's restaurants including Mai Kai Bora Bora, or the legendary Bloody Mary's.

You can also explore Mount Pahia and Mount Otemanu on a guided hike or Jeep Safari tour.

Since water is a way of life on the island, popular lagoon excursions include snorkeling, diving, cruising, fishing, paddle boarding, kitesurfing, Jet Skiing, and of course, shark and ray feeding.

You can also take your experience to new heights by parasailing, skydiving, or touring the island by helicopter.

Final Impression

Once seen, Bora Bora is never forgotten. From the day you arrive until the moment you part ways, you will be in awe of how her soaring mountain peaks, turquoise lagoon and luxuriant overwater bungalows somehow look even more spectacular than the pictures.

Hotels

Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora

The Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora exudes an effortless luxury.

Located on the northeastern side of the island along the outer coral reef, this exclusive enclave is one of the premier resort options in Bora Bora.

InterContinental Bora Bora Resort & Thalasso Spa

The InterContinental Bora Bora Resort & Thalasso Spa is a floating oasis in the South Pacific.

It features all spacious overwater villas. Found on the southeastern side of the coral reef, these luxurious accommodations face the spectacular Mount Otemanu.

Conrad Bora Bora Nui

The new Conrad Bora Bora Nui is tucked in a cove of white sand and black lava rock.
Located on the southwest end of Motu To'opua, a small islet floating between Bora Bora's mainland and coral reef, the resort faces out toward the open ocean.

St Regis Bora Bora Resort

The expansive and immaculate St. Regis Bora Bora Resort is the ultimate South Pacific splurge. Located on the secluded northeastern side of the lagoon, this luxurious island lair is home to some of the largest overwater bungalows in the region.

Le Meridien Bora Bora

Le Méridien Bora Bora is the perfect blend of French chic and Polynesian charisma.

Located on the northern tip of Motu Piti A'au, a small islet that sits along the eastern coral reef, the resort faces the main island of Bora Bora.

Sofitel Bora Bora Private Island

The Sofitel Bora Bora Private Island is found on a small botanical garden surrounded by water.

Located on a private island enclosed in the southeast end of the lagoon, the resort is only two minutes away by boat from the main island.

The Bora Bora Pearl Beach Resort & Spa, a member of the Leading Hotels of the World, boasts some of the most traditionally designed accommodations in Bora Bora.

The resort is located at the southern tip of Motu Tevairoa, the largest islet.

InterContinental Bora Bora Le Moana Resort.

The InterContinental Bora Bora Le Moana Resort is one of only three hotels located on the main island of Bora Bora, affording easy access to Vaitape and Matira Point, often considered to be one of the most beautiful beaches in the world.

Sofitel Bora Bora Marara Beach Resort

The Sofitel Bora Bora Marara Beach Resort is located on the eastern side of Matira Point toward the southern end of the island.

This setting provides convenient access to some of the popular attractions on the mainland, including the town of Vaitape.

Maitai Polynesia Bora Bora

The lovely Maitai Polynesia is found on the main island of Bora Bora near the beautiful Matira Point, offering convenient access to the shops and restaurants around Vaitape.

This boutique hotel is located beachside and hillside, with a small road.